DIY Kwanzaa Kinara 

As we countdown to Kwanzaa, The Home Depot and Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love are excited to share an easy-to-make kinara that can be customized to you and your family’s Kwanzaa traditions!  No worries! Check out Amber’s blog below for some other great family craft ideas, tips and tricks!

Kwanzaa is an African American holiday celebrating African American history, heritage and culture. The week-long celebration is observed from December 26th to January 1 and culminates with gift giving and a big dinner. Each night of Kwanzaa, families light the kinara – a seven candle holder. Each night of Kwanzaa is centered around one of the seven principles: Umoja (Unity) , Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), Imani (Faith).

In the spirit of Kuumba, I’m excited to share an easy-to-make kinara that you can customize for your own family’s Kwanzaa celebration.

Unexpected Materials Make an Awesome Impact

I love using materials in unexpected ways and this project is no exception. Here’s a look at what you’ll need:

Hampton 4 in. x 4 in. Pressure-treated Wood Pyramid Post Cap

4 in. x 4 in. Pressure-Treated Unfinished Pine Ball Top Finial

A 2.5” wide wood board cut to 15”

9 in LED Flickering Candles with Timer – 6-Pack (Gold)

Decorative trim of your choice


5/8” drill bit

Wood screws


Wood Glue

DIY Kinara Making Wood Prep 
DIY Kinara Making Flickering Candles 
DIY Kinara Making Drill Tool

Let’s Assemble!

Just a few steps are required to assemble our Kwanzaa kinara. By using the post finial and fence post together, we can create a really beautiful, ornate kinda without any fancy woodworking!

Unfinished Pine Ball Top and Wood Board

Twist the finial into the pyramid post cap . You may want to first drill a pilot hole in the post cap to make this step a bit easier.

Make Drill bit hole in wood board 

Next, drill a 5/8” hole in the center of wood board at 7.5”. Don’t go all the way through! Just deep enough so that the candle will fit snuggly in place. Once you’ve created the first hole, drill six additional holes as shown in the photo.

Drill wood board into pine ball top

Use a wood screw to secure the wood board on top of the finial.

Secure wood board on top of finial 

Add a decorative edge to your kinda with trim. You can secure this with wood glue or finishing nails…whatever you have access to!

Battery operated candles 

Remove the “flame” from the top of the battery-operated candles.

Kwanzaa candles with spray paint 

Now it’s time to create our Kwanzaa candles in traditional red, black and green. Spray paint the “wax” part of the candle and allow to dry completely.

Paint wood base 

To finish off your kinara, paint the entire wood base with your favorite color then insert the candles into place.

Display Your Kinara

With the battery operated candles, you simply need to twist the flame to “light” each candle for every night of Kwanzaa.

This easy to make project is a home decor piece that will keep you celebrating year after year!

Happy Kwanzaa!

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Season Shining in the Garden

First-time holiday decorator? No worries! With a bit of help from The Home Depot, Stacie Abdallah of Stacie’s Spaceswas able to infuse some holiday flair into her outdoor garden and arbor for the first time. Check out her blog below for some great DIY tips and tricks!

Can I let you in on a little secret? I have NEVER decorated outside for Christmas! I know… that sounds crazy right? I love decorating the interior of our home for the holidays, but I have never attempted to do it outside. When The Home Depot  invited me to participate in the Holiday Style Challenge, I was both nervous and excited! It was time to step out of my comfort zone (literally) and try my hand at lighting up the great outdoors! I was given the theme of season shining and I tried my best to make our greenhouse and garden area shine for the holidays!

Decorating The Garden Arbor

Season Shining in the Garden

When we built this garden and arbor earlier this year, I did not consider all of the possibilities there would be for decorating it. I was just thinking that my garden needed an entrance! Now I know that this entrance is perfect for these 5ft pre-lit artificial Christmas trees . I placed one on each side and then brought in Mr. Bear to accompany them. My kids were so excited about this bear from the moment I pulled it out of the box and assembled it. I mean, the bear even got hugs from them! Needless to say, this bear has made quite the impression and seems quite at home in his spot by the garden arbor. We also added this large, pre-lit wreath and bow to top it all off!

Season Shining in the Garden

Light Up The Greenhouse

Season Shining in the Garden

My greenhouse is probably my most prized backyard possession. She even has a name, Josephine. We recently added a porch to her which made decorating her for Christmas even more of a possibility! We strung bulb lights around her roofline and hung a simple battery-operated, pre-lit wreath on the door. I also placed the stacked up gift box set by the door. Josephine was already looking super cute! Then we decided to up the ante a little by creating a DIY “faux” marquee letters sign.

Season Shining in the Garden

DIY Faux Marquee Letters Sign

Season Shining in the Garden

The process to create these letters was fairly simple and straightforward. This type of sign can be used for a variety of events and celebrations. Check out this how-to guide on The Home Depot’s website  to see how I did it!

This may have been my first time decorating outside, specifically the garden/greenhouse area but it certainly will not be the last! This was so fun and the kids love to see the space all lit up at night! We were able to find everything we needed for this project from The Home Depot which made it super convenient. The Home Depot was literally a one stop shop for everything that we needed, and I am so grateful for the app, ship to home options, and store pickup! I am already coming up with ideas for the next holiday!

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