Instead of flowers this year, how about showcasing an original centerpiece that is sure to be a conversation starter on your Rosh Hashanah dinner table?

“The entire project cost under $15 and took less than a few hours to create,” enthuses Rita Brownstein, author of our exciting new home décor column.

The charming “Happy Birthday World” masterpiece is shaped like a birthday cake, decorated with maps and acknowledges that on Rosh Hashanah our world has become another year older.

It’s a great educational craft to do with your children or just for your own enjoyment. Here are the detailed instructions and pictures to get you started. (Hot tip: We’ve lined up other amazing, creative ideas for your home—such as original light fixtures that you can create with simple materials for your Sukkah. Watch for these and other ideas in the coming weeks!)

Do you have an adorable Jewish craft idea? Are you involved in a home décor project that you would like to share with our readers? Is there a special way that you arranged a guest room to make guests feel particularly welcome? Do you have a practical set up for meat and dairy sections in your kitchen to decrease any confusion? Or, do you have a beautiful art gallery wall with pictures that enhance your connection to being Jewish? We’d love see your home décor ideas so that we can all benefit.

Six days before the very first Rosh Hashanah, G‑d created our world. On Rosh Hashanah, G‑d created mankind with the potential to create and, thus, partner with Him, in improving our world.

Wishing you all a very happy—and creative—New Year!

Chana Weisberg,

TJW, Editor