Kwanzaa Candle Holder Craft

DIY Kwanzaa candles

December 26th marks the beginning of Kwanzaa. Celebrate by having the kids recycle baby food jars into beautiful candle holders.


The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. Source: History – 5 Things You May Not Know About Kwanzaa

  • 1 Yard Kente Cloth
  • Liquid Starch
  • 7 Large Baby Food Jars
  • 3 Red Candles, 3 Green Candles, 1 Black Candle
  • Scissors
  • Wax Paper
  1. Cut 7 14″ circles of fabric. Pour Linnet Liquid Starch into a bowl and submerge a circle of fabric in starch until it is saturated.Squeeze out excess liquid.
  2. Smooth fabric face down over wax paper.
  3. Center baby food jar on fabric.
  4. Pull fabric ends up and tuck into the top of the jar adjusting pleats. Repeat for rest of the jars.
  5. Let dry over night, turning upside down half way through drying time.
  6. Secure candles with melted wax in the bottom of each jar.

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