Kwanzaa Egg-Carton Kinara Craft
Honor the holiday of Kwanzaa by creating these traditional candle holders called kinaras.
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5
Celebrate the colors of Kwanzaa (red, black, and green) with this easy-to-make craft.
What You Need:
- Egg cartons, enough to give each student seven egg cups
- Red, green, black, and brown paint
- Paint brushes
- Craft sticks, seven per student
- Yellow tissue paper
What You Do:
- Before class, prepare the egg cartons by cutting each egg carton in half so you have two long strips of six egg cups.
- Set aside one strip for each student.
- Cut the remaining strips into single egg cups.
- Glue a single egg cup onto each strip of six egg cups.
- Repeat until you have a strip of seven egg cups for each student.
- In class, hand out a strip of seven egg cups to each student. Have students flip the strips over and use one end of the scissors to make a horizontal slit in the top of each egg cup. Each slit should be just large enough to fit a craft stick.
- Have students paint the entire outside of the egg carton brown. Set it aside to dry.
- Have students paint three craft sticks with red paint, three sticks with green paint, and one stick with black paint. Set them aside to dry.
- Have students tear out seven small pieces of yellow tissue paper and crumple them -- these will represent candle flames.
- Once all paint is dry, students can glue a crumpled piece of tissue onto each craft stick.
- Place the craft sticks into the slits so there are three green on one side, three red on the other, and one black "candle" in the middle.