How to Make a Kinara
Make a special kinara (candleholder) for the people on your Kwanzaa gift list using these trendy clay pots.
A ceremonial kinara is a candlestick holder that holds seven candles—three red, three green, and one black. The black candle represents the face of the African people. The three red candles signify the blood of the African people. The three green candles represent the hope of new life.
Time frame: Three to five hours, including drying timeLevel: Moderately easy What you need:
- One piece of wood, approximately 18 x 3 1⁄2 inches
- Red, black, and green craft paints
- Clear acrylic finish spray
- Seven 2-inch clay pots
- One 1 1⁄2-inch clay pot
- Seven wooden candle cups with a 7⁄8-inch hole (These can be found in a craft store.)
- Glue gun
- One black, three red, and three green candle tapers
- Paint the piece of wood black and allow it to dry. Spray it with clear acrylic finish spray and allow it to dry.
- Paint the outside of the two-inch pots—three green, three red, and one black. Paint the outside of the 11⁄2-inch pot black. Paint the seven wooden candleholders—three green, three red, and one black. Allow the pots and candleholders to dry and spray with clear acrylic finish spray. Allow them to dry approximately three hours.
- Glue the two-inch pots upside down across the piece of wood in the following order: the three red pots on the left, the one black pot in the middle, and the three green pots on the right. Then glue the black 1 1⁄2 inch pot upside down onto the bottom of the black 2-inch pot as shown.
- Glue the painted wooden candleholders onto the bottoms of the matching pots.
- Place the black candle in the middle, the three red candles on the left side, and the three green candles on the right side.
- Be sure to include directions for lighting the kinara. The black candle should be lit first, followed by the red and green candles, which should be lit alternately from left to right.
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