Woven Kwanzaa Mat Kwanzaa Craft

Woven Kwanzaa Mat

Make a woven Kwanzaa mat or mkeka, one of the seven symbolic items of the African-American Kwanzaa holiday. This craft project is so easy that children can make it on their own.

What You'll Need:

Black, green, and red construction paper

Scissors

Ruler

Tape

The mkeka (a woven mat) is the Kwanzaa symbol of history.

To weave a mkeka, cut parallel lines in a piece of black construction paper. Cut the lines starting 1 inch from the bottom edge to 1 inch from the top edge. To make cutting easier, fold the paper in half and cut starting from the middle going toward the edge.

Unfold your black "loom," and cut strips of red and green paper for weaving. Weave the strips of paper in and out of the black loom, alternating red and green strips.

After weaving, secure the paper strips in place by taping the back of the mkeka. To make a more decorative mat, you can weave with colored ribbon instead of construction paper.

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