Mixing Kwanzaa and Christmas might sound weird to some, but it fits in line with the African-themed holiday celebrations at our crib. After all we are African-American, so why not celebrate both.  This holiday season I’m challenging myself to sprinkle my holiday celebration with a little African fusion. One of the ways we are celebrating our African-inspired Christmas is by making these African cloth ornaments for our tree.  Hopefully we are infusing a little bit of African culture into our holiday celebration in the Kwanzaa spirit of Kuumba (creativity).

What You'll Need

Corrugated Cardboard  ∗  Scissors  ∗  Hole Puncher  ∗  Ribbon  ∗  African Cloth  ∗  Hot Glue & Hot Glue Gun  ∗  Pencil

Directions

The first thing you need to do is download and cut out your ornament template.  I found some on Noella Designs Printables.  Her printable is meant to be cut with felt, but it doesn’t make a difference.  After you’ve cut your paper ornaments out, place them on your corrugated cardboard, trace them with a pencil and use your scissors to cut the shapes out of your cardboard.

 

Next, roll out your Kwanzaa cloth. (or whatever cloth you have) Then heat your hot glue gun as hot as you can get it.  (If your glue is warm the cloth will not stick to the cardboard.)  Eject the hot glue onto the cardboard and stick it to your straight piece of cloth immediately.  Then cut the cloth around your cardboard until you’ve got your shape.  Repeat this step on the other side of your cardboard and then use your whole puncher to punch a hole in the top of your Kwanzaa ornament.

Finally you are ready for your final steps.  At this point, I would go around your ornament and cut away any crooked or loose fabric.  You can even use dabs of hot glue to seal up the edges so that the cardboard is completely hidden.  Once it looks exactly how you like it, Put your ribbon through the hole and tie a bow.  Your ornament is ready to give as a gift for Kwanzaa or hang on your Christmas tree.  Done.  Thanks for reading!

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Muffy Mendoza is an author, speaker and founder of Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a support group for nearly 4,000 African-American moms in the Pittsburgh region. To further fill the void Muffy has created a line of educational products focused on helping Black moms be the best moms, too. Her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset: A Blueprint for Black Moms on Life, Love & Home, was featured at the 2018 Essence Festival and is currently sold in various cities across the U.S. Muffy champions the beauty of Black motherhood everywhere she goes, even on the TEDx stage. Find out more about Muffy on muffymendoza.com.

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