How to Make a Kwanzaa Unity Cup

Kwanzaa is a time for family and friends to gather around the table and celebrate a rich heritage. Pass along a special tradition by involving young and old in crafting a custom unity cup.

Red Goblet With Beads

Kwanzaa Unity Cup


Materials Needed:

  • glass or wooden goblet (can be clear or colored)
  • multicolored small beads
  • nylon thread
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

Start Stringing

Pour beads in a small easily-accessible container. Knot one end of the nylon thread and begin stringing beads onto the thread. Tip: Combine two or three colors for the length of one wrap around your goblet, then switch to a constrasting group of colors.

Stringing Beads From Bowl

Stringing Beads for Kwanzaa Unity Cup

Cut Thread and Secure Beads

When beaded string is long enough to wrap around the goblet several times, careful trim the thread two inches below the last bead. Knot the end of thread to secure beads.

Beads Ready for Decorating

Beads Ready for Kwanzaa Unity Cup

Glue Beads to Goblet

Using a hot glue gun, carefully trace concentric lines of glue onto the goblet in two-inch segments, pressing beaded string into the glue as you go.

Glueing Beads to a Cup

Glueing Beads to a Kwanzaa Unity Cup

Complete Unity Cup

When entire length of beaded string is wrapped and secured to the cup, trim any excess thread after the knot. Use as decorative accent during the Kwanzaa season, and as an integral part of the holiday table.

A Cup Decorated with Beads

Homemade Kwanzaa Unity Cup

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