Kwanzaa Krafts: Kuumba Paper Kinaras

Kwanzaa, the seven-day celebration of African heritage and unity, is not just a time for reflection and community but also a time to express and embrace creativity. On the sixth day of Kwanzaa, we focus on the principle of Kuumba, which means "creativity." Kuumba reminds us to always do as much as we can, in the way we can, to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

In the spirit of Kuumba, we invite you to explore some delightful Kwanzaa crafts that you can create with your family and friends. These crafts not only engage your creativity but also allow you to infuse the essence of Kwanzaa into your celebrations. Let's dive into the world of artistic expression and honor this essential principle with these imaginative Kwanzaa craft ideas.

Craft 1: Paper Kinara Craft

Paper Kinara Craft

Materials Needed:

  • 7 colored sheets of construction paper (red, green, and black)
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Seven small pieces of yellow or white paper


  1. Take the black construction paper and cut out seven rectangles, each about 2 inches by 5 inches. These will serve as the candle holders (mishumaa) for the Kinara.

  2. Take the red construction paper and cut out seven small flame shapes.

  3. On each of the green construction paper, cut out seven strips, each about 2 inches wide. These will serve as the Kinara's base.

  4. Glue or tape the black rectangles onto the green strips, leaving a bit of space between each one to represent the Kinara's candles.

  5. Glue the red flame shapes on top of each black rectangle to represent the candle flames.

  6. On each small piece of yellow or white paper, write the name of one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba, and Imani.

  7. Glue or tape these principle labels onto the Kinara base, placing them beneath the candles to correspond with each day of Kwanzaa.

  8. Your paper Kinara is now complete! You can display it as a decorative centerpiece during your Kwanzaa celebrations.

Kuumba encourages us to embrace creativity and leave a positive mark on our community. The Paper Kinara craft is a perfect representation of this principle as it allows you to express your artistic side and create a beautiful centerpiece for your Kwanzaa celebrations. It also reinforces the importance of preserving and enhancing cultural traditions in the spirit of creativity.

Stay tuned as we explore more creative Kwanzaa crafts that will not only brighten your festivities but also inspire a sense of unity and purpose.

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