Kwanzaa Krafts: Embracing Faith with a Symbolic Candle Holder

On the final day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate the principle of Imani, which means "faith." Imani reminds us to have faith in our people, our traditions, and our future. In honor of Imani, we have a craft that allows you to express and embrace faith – the Imani Candle Holder.

Materials Needed:

  • Glass or clear plastic candle holder
  • Colored tissue paper or colored cellophane
  • Glue or Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Decorative items (optional)
  • Tea light candle


  1. Gather Your Materials: Assemble all the materials you'll need for this faith-based craft. A clear glass or plastic candle holder will serve as the base.

  2. Cut Colored Tissue Paper: Cut the colored tissue paper or cellophane into small, square pieces. You can use various colors or stick with a specific color scheme that represents the concept of faith to you.

  3. Apply Glue: Use a paintbrush to apply a thin layer of glue or Mod Podge to the outside of the glass or plastic candle holder.

  4. Attach Tissue Paper: Begin sticking the cut pieces of tissue paper onto the glued surface of the candle holder. Overlap the pieces to create a beautiful, stained glass effect. Continue until the entire surface is covered.

  5. Add Decorative Items: If desired, you can add decorative items to the candle holder that symbolize faith, such as small paper cutouts, symbols, or written messages.

  6. Let It Dry: Allow the glue or Mod Podge to dry completely. This will secure the tissue paper in place.

  7. Place a Tea Light Candle: Once the candle holder is dry, place a tea light candle inside. The candle's light will shine through the colorful tissue paper, creating a warm and beautiful display.

  8. Light the Candle and Reflect: Light the tea light candle and take a moment to reflect on the principle of Imani – faith in your people, traditions, and future. Let the candle's glow remind you of the strength that comes from faith.

Conclusion: The Imani Candle Holder is a beautiful and symbolic craft that helps you embrace faith on the final day of Kwanzaa. As you celebrate Imani, let this craft serve as a reminder of your faith in your people, your cultural traditions, and the bright future that lies ahead.

Embrace this opportunity to express and celebrate faith, and let the warm glow of the tea light candle inspire your reflections during the Kwanzaa celebration.

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