Folded Paper Kwanzaa Kinara

Folded Paper Kwanzaa Kinara craft

Share Kwanzaa traditions! Talk about the Nguzo Saba, the seven principles, while making this replica Kinara, a candleholder for the Mishumaa Saba (seven candles).

  • 1.

    To make your Kinara, fold construction paper in half by bringing the long sides together. Fold in half once more, again bringing the long sides together. Unfold. Decorate the two middle rectangles with Crayola® Washable Markers.

  • 2.

    Use Crayola Scissors to cut seven equally spaced slits in the middle fold. These slits will hold make-believe paper candles. Overlap the outside rectangles to form a long triangular tube and seal with Crayola School Glue.

  • 3.

    Cut seven paper rectangles for candles. Fold each piece in half and in half again, bringing long sides together each time. Unfold. On each candle, use a marker to write one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Color candles black, red, and green according to Kwanzaa tradition. Make tall triangular tubes, overlapping the end pieces, as you did for the Kinara. Place candles carefully into the slits in the Kinara.

  • 4.

    Use a marker to color seven cotton balls yellow and place them near the Kinara. Each day during Kwanzaa, push a pretend cotton ball flame into a candle until all appear to be lit on the final day.