December 4, 2011

Craft Ideas to Celebrate Kwanzaa

The colors of Kwanzaa are red, green, and black.

Red represents the struggles of the people.

Black represents the people themselves.

Green represents the future.

Using this color scheme and theme, you can create all kinds of interesting Kwanzaa crafts with the whole family.

Here are some ideas for celebrating Kwanzaa with crafts.

1. Flag Ornaments

Hang these flags as individual ornaments, or string them on yarn to make a garland in this easy craft.


  • White card stock or poster board
  • Black, red and green card stock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • White glue
  • Single hole punch
  • Black, red, or green yarn

Using a ruler and pencil, mark the white card stock or poster board at even intervals to produce equal-sized rectangles. These will be the base or background for your flags – how many you get will vary; it’s up to you as to how large you want your flag ornaments. Cut along the lines you drew to produce separate white rectangles.

Using the ruler and pencil, divide the white rectangles into thirds cross-wise. Then cut red, green, and black strips from the card stock in pieces, each the size of one-third of the white rectangle.

Use white glue to glue the red, black, and green strips to the white card stock. Allow to dry.

Punch a hole in one corner of the little flags. Either run the yarn through multiple ones to make a garland, or tie the yarn into a loop on each flag to make individual ornaments. If you do the garland, tie each flag to the yarn at intervals as you go to prevent them from sliding together into a bunch when you hang the garland.

2. African Drum

Kids love drums! Make your own for Kwanzaa this year.


  • 2 large Styrofoam cups
  • Paper mache (half-inch wide strips of newspaper, a mixture of white glue and water in a ratio of 2:1)
  • Masking tape
  • Hot glue
  • Acrylic craft paint in off-white or beige, brown, black, red, and green
  • Cloths or rags

Use the hot glue to attach the base of the two cups. Allow to dry.

Cover the opening of one cup with masking tape. Then cover the sides of the cups with paper mache. Include the inside of the open cup (which is the base of the drum). Allow to dry.

Paint the drum with off-white paint. Allow to dry. Then you can either paint red, green and black decorations over the off-white, or paint over it with brown and wipe/dab it off partially with a rag for a natural look.

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Alexis Rodrigo