A favorite Passover tradition for many Jewish children is finding the afikomen (“dessert”), a half piece of matzo that is hidden during the Seder, usually in a specially decorated pouch. The afikomen represents hope for a better future and is a reminder that we are still searching for freedom and justice.

We invite you to make your own afikomen pouch to use at your Seder during Passover, or to hold special items at any time. As you decorate, think about what makes this spring holiday special to you. Is it gathering with loved ones, special foods, or setting the table? Will you save your pouch to use at your Seder year after year? What other ways could you use an afikomen pouch once the Passover Seder is over? Could it hold important items? Maybe you can make more than one and give them away to people special to you!


Supplies for the afikomen pouch project on a table

Materials

  • A paper bag
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Decorating materials (things you can find around your home, like fabric, paper, buttons, sticks, or leaves)
  • Glue
  • Ribbon, string, or yarn

Steps

  1. Starting at the bottom of the paper bag, cut out a 6” wide by 5” tall piece. Make sure to keep the bottom of the piece intact.
  1. Using a hole punch, punch out around seven holes along each side of your paper bag cutout.

    Steps 1 and 2 of the Afikomen pouch project
  2. Use glue and everyday materials to decorate your pouch. Lay out your decorations ahead of time or decorate as you go! Let the glue dry completely before moving on to the next step.
     
  3. Tie your ribbon, string, or yarn to the bottom holes of each side of the pouch and weave upward. Tie it off when you’ve completed weaving.

    Steps 4 of the Afikomen pouch project
  4. Use your pouch to hold the afikomen, or to hold items that are special to you!

    Steps 5 of the Afikomen pouch project and a finished pouch