With Kwanzaa’s countdown, The Home Depot and Amber Kemp-Gerstel from Damask Love are delighted to share an easy-to-make kinara that can be customized to fit your Kwanzaa traditions and your family! Do not worry! Check out Amber’s blog below for some other great family ideas, tips and tricks! Kwanzaa is an African American holiday that celebrates the history, heritage, and culture of African Americans. The week-long celebration takes place from December 26 to January 1 and culminates in gifts and a large dinner. Every night in Kwanzaa, families light the Canara – a candleholder with seven candles. Every night in Kwanza is centered around one of the seven principles: Umoja (unity), Kogisagulia (self-determination), Ujama (teamwork and responsibility), Ojama (collaborative economy), Niya (purpose), Kumba (creativity), My faith (faith). In the spirit of Kuumba, I am excited to share an easy-to-make kinara that you can customize for your family’s Kwanza celebration. Unexpected Textures Make a Great Effect I love using materials in unexpected ways and this project is no exception. Here’s a look at what you’ll need: Hampton 4 inches by 4 inches. Pressure Treated Wooden Pyramid Pillar Cover 4 ” x 4 ”. Unfinished Pine Ball Top Pressure Treated Finish A 2.5 Inch Wood Board Cut into 15 Inch Wood Board 9 Inch Flashing Candles With Timer – 6 Packs (Gold) Decorative Ornaments of Your Choice Drill 5/8 “Wood Screw Drill Wood Glue Paint Let’s Combine! Only Needed! A few steps to assemble the Kwanzaa kinara. Using the finished post and the fence together, we can create a really nice kinda without any great woodwork! Twist the end into the cover of the pyramid shaft. You may first want to drill a pilot hole in the shaft cover to make this step a little easier. Then, Make a 5/8 “hole in the center of the plank at 7.5”. Don’t go all the way! Deep enough that the candle is held firmly in place. Once the first hole is created, drill six additional holes as shown in the picture. Use a wood screw to secure Plank Top Finish Add a decorative edge to your own type with the decoration You can secure this with wood glue or finishing nails … all you can access! Remove the “flame” from the top of the battery powered candles. Now it’s time to create our Kwanzaa candles in color Traditional red, black and green Spray coating “wax” part m Candle and allow it to dry completely. To finish the canara, paint the entire wood base your favorite color and then insert the candles in place. Displaying your Canara with battery powered candles, you simply need to roll a flame to “light up” every candle every night in Kwanzaa. This easy-to-make project is a home decor piece that will keep you celebrating year after year! Happy Kwanzaa!