Beautiful Cardboard Tube Kinara Kwanzaa Craft

kinara craft for kids

I know it’s a little early but I wanted to share this beautiful cardboard tube kinara craft. It’s a great art project for Kwanzaa! A kinara is a candleholder that holds 7 candles each representing a principle for Kwanzaa. This activity is a great way to introduce children to the holiday while also having fun.

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Supplies for Cardboard Tube Kinara

  • Recycled toilet paper rolls
  • Paint (black, red, gold & green)
  • Recycled paper towel roll
  • Yellow cardstock
  • Recycled cardboard
  • Sequins (red, black & green)
  • Mini craft sticks
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Hot glue gun with glue sticks
  • Tacky glue
  • Foam brush


  1. First, cut a large rectangle from recycled cardboard (3 x 12 inches). Paint the cardboard gold and set aside to dry.
  2. Next, paint three toilet paper rolls red and three green. Paint the paper towel roll black. Set aside to dry.
  3. Cut a teardrop shape from yellow cardstock. Glue to the top of a mini craft stick to create the flame. You will need 7 total. Now add a little glue to the flame then sprinkle with glitter. Allow it to dry.
  4. Glue the bottom of the craft stick inside of the cardboard tubes. You can do this each night of Kwanzaa or add them all at the same time.
  5. Use tacky glue to attach sequins to the painted cardboard tubes.
  6. Finally, use hot glue gun to attach cardboard tubes to the rectangle cardboard. Start with red, black then green. This completes your cardboard tube kinara.

I really love the way this kinara turned out. It will make the perfect centerpiece on my bookshelf.

Whether you celebrate Kwanzaa every year or you are learning about this holiday, you’ll have a great time making this cardboard tube kinara.

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