How to Make an African Kufi Hat

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How to Make an African Kufi Hat
Ready for Kwanzaa (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Kwanzaa is coming and your home is a frenzy of activity in preparation. Your toddler is watching wide-eyed and you want to include her in the bustle and teach her the meaning of the celebration at the same time. Traditional African Kufi hats are easy and quick to make. The red, black, green and yellow colours provide an opportunity to teach your child about Kwanzaa and your toddler has a memento of the time spent together as well as and what they learnt.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 18-inch black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • 12-inch construction paper -- red, green and yellow

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  1. 1

    Measure the circumference of the child's head, add 1 inch to get a measurement. Using the measurement, cut a 2-inch wide strip of black construction paper for the brim of the African Kufi hat.

    How to Make an African Kufi Hat
    Time together (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Overlap the ends of the black strip 1/2-inch and glue them together to form a hoop. Reinforce the seam by stapling it top, bottom and centre.

  3. 3

    Cut 2 12-inch by 1-inch strips each from the red, green and yellow construction paper.

  4. 4

    Place the yellow strips on a flat surface in an "X". Lay the red strips over them at a 90-degree angle also in an "X"; lay the green strips so they form an "X" centred between the red and yellow. The strips should now resemble a starburst; secure them together with staples at the axis.

  5. 5

    Glue the ends of the starburst inside the black brim to form the crown. Trim to fit as necessary and reinforce with staples top, bottom and centre. Your child is ready to show off their African Kufi hat at all the festivities.

Tips and warnings

  • Cover staples with tape to prevent them from tangling in the child's hair or scratching their face.

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