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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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