map of africa kwanzaaCelebrating Kwanza? People in western African wear clothes from a cloth made of thin strips of fabric woven together. Why not weave yourself a paper placemat in the colors of Kwanzaa or make your own Kimara, or Unity CupBelow are Kwanzaa Craft Activities  for home and school. So gather your arts and craft supplies and make a plan!

Kwanzaa gifts are traditionally homemade and creative.  Be sure to also see our recipe for Kwanzaa Benne Cakes.

Make Your Own Kimara

KimaraThe Kimara is a special candlestick created to represent the principles of Kwanzaa. This easy to make homemade Kimara is a wonderful activity for teaching kids about the holiday. If you use tissue paper often for craft like these, you’ll love the non-bleed Tissue Paper Circles that come in 10 assorted colors so you can use them for a variety of art projects. Great for anything from kids’ crafts during art class at school to more adult crafts like scrapbooking. Use wherever your imagination takes you! 

You will need:

  • 6 small cardboard tubes
  • 1 long cardboard tube
  • Green paint
  • Yellow paint
  • Red paint
  • Yellow tissue paper
  • Glue


  • Paint 3 of the small tubes in red and the other 3 in green. Paint the long tube black.
  • When the tubes are dry glue them side by side so they form a line, the three green on one side, red on the other side and black tube in the center.
  • Crumple up a sheet of yellow tissue paper and push int the of of each tube so that it looks like a flame


Make A Woven Mat

kwanza mat
You will need construction paper:

  • A sheet of red paper
  • Green paper
  • Black paper


  • Fold the red paper in half lengthways. Cut long lines in the paper about 1 inch apart and about 1 inch from the edge of the paper.
  • Cut the black and green paper into strips about 1 inch wide. Take a strip of paper and pass it under the red paper and then up through the first slit, down through the second and back up through the third and so on until you reach the other side of the red paper. Push it up so it sits as close to the top of the red paper as it can reach.
  • Repeat with a different colored strip of paper, starting the other way, down through the first slit and up through the second and so on. Repeat until the card is full.
  • Laminating will protect your mat.


kwanza cupMake a Unity Cup

A unity cup is used during the 7 days of Kwanzaa and is shared with the family. Create and decorate your own

unity cup.

You will need:

  • A paper drinking cup
  • Circle of corrugated card
  • Cardboard tube
  • Black paint
  • Glue
  • Red and green sequins


Glue the cardboard tube to the middle of the card circle. Glue the paper cup on top of the tube and allow to dry
Paint the cup black and, while the paint is still wet, stick on some sequins
We hope you enjoy these Kwanzaa craft activities.  We’d love to hear some of your crafty thoughts! Please leave a comment below.