Kwanzaa Placemat

img_8655Symbolism of the Colors of Kwanzaa

Make a woven placemat for Kwanzaa. Only a few supplies are needed to make this inexpensive craft. Use red, green, and black paper because they are the symbolic colors of the holiday. Red represents the struggles of the African ancestors and the blood they shed. Black is used in Kwanzaa to represent the color of the African race. Green evokes both the fertile land of Africa and the concept of hope.

You Will Need:

Glue or clear tape
Black, red, and green construction paper

What to Do:

1. Measure and cut out a piece of black construction paper 8 inches wide and 10 inches long. Cut seven lines in the paper, leaving a 1 inch border all the way around the mat.
2. Cut four red and four green strips of construction paper 1 inch wide and 8 inches long.
3. Weave a red strip and then a green strip alternately, going over and under the black mat frame. Keep the black border. Secure the ends of the strips with glue or clear tape.
4. Place your mat on the table and decorate with corn and other harvest foods.

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