Crafty inspiration for designing your own Omer Counter!
On the evening of March 31st, the second night of Passover, we begin to count the Omer (the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot). (Learn more about the origins of the practice here.) Counting the Omer carries with it infinite possibilities for personalization, inviting us to reflect daily on a different kabbalistic theme and how it applies to our own lives.
For the crafty among us, it can be fun to design your own Omer Counter, a hands-on way to practice this ritual—and an excellent visual reminder. We’ve collected ten examples of DIY Omer Counters that you can make at home. Many of these are great to do with kids.
1. Pieces of Flair
We love this idea mainly because it made us revisit the classic film Office Space. As you might recall from the film, 15 pieces of flair were the minimum requirement for employees at Chotchkies, but 37 pieces of flair was held up to an ideal. For the Omer, express yourself with 49 pieces of flair!
This beautiful Omer Counter, designed by Lieba B. Ruth and Aharon Varady, was inspired by a color schema created by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Use it as inspiration to make your own color schema or download and print theirs for free.
Image courtesy of Lieba Ruth and Aharon Varady via Open Siddur
3. Counting Stick
This gorgeous Omer counter, inspired by an Advent counter idea, utilizes a tree branch with numbers that are marked by what appears to be small bracelet-like object.