Simple, attractive wooden kits are available, but you can make your own cases with found materials.
Show your child a variety of mezuzah cases if possible (or versions online) and then hunt together for appropriate materials.
Free / found materials you can use for a case:
empty glue stick, empty matchbox, toothbrush holder, empty half of a walnut shell, paper cylinder, empty dental floss cylinder or box, toilet paper tube, cardboard tube from a dry cleaner hanger, fat straw (like the kind in bubble tea), dried-up broad-tipped marker (with insides pulled out), four large craft sticks (aka popsicle sticks) glued together to form a rectangular prism, flexible and rigid plastic tubing, pvc pipe, and so on.
Leave a comment with more ideas for case materials!
Make a Matchbox Mezuzah
See my Kveller.com article here. It has nicer photos!
Playing with matchboxes is irresistible for any age, so this is a particularly hands-on craft. Use empty matchboxes from home, or buy blank ones if you need multiples for a group project. See Resources below.
- Tape (blue painter’s tape, masking or office tape)
- Empty matchbox
- Craft sticks (Plain or colored, narrow (popsicle) or broad)
- Tissue paper squares (cut from gift wrap)
- Liquid starch (or diluted white glue) in a small bowl or in a jar lid
- Small brush
- Shema scroll (see above)
- Tape the stick to the back of the matchbox lengthwise. It doesn’t matter what kind of tape because you will cover it with starch and tissue in a moment. Don’t tape the box shut.
- Brush thin layer of starch or glue on matchbox—including over the tape—and then place individual layers of the tiny tissue paper squares everywhere except the open ends. Make sure the box will still slide open and shut.
Keep brushing starch and affixing layers until you or your child needs to be done…
- Top with a shin sticker if you have it. Or, wait until the box is dry and write a shin with permanent marker or rubber stamp.
- Mount with tape as suggested above, or pierce wooden stick near the top and bottom, as per “real” mezuzot. These sticks split easily, so you’ll need to reinforce the front and back with a strip of thick tape before you make a pilot hole with a thumbtack. Remove the tape from the front side and proceed with a very narrow screw or tack.
If the matchbox gets glued shut, just wait for it to dry and run a sharp knife along the opening.
•Hebrew rubber stamps and stickers are at OyToys.com and Benny’s Educational Toys. The crowned shin stickers are here.
•Blank matchboxes are at Oriental Trading Company, but they’re called “White drawer boxes.”