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Crafts to Make in Honor of Juneteenth

7 creative ways to celebrate a day of independence on June 19.

Margo Gothelf · 3 months ago

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It's time to celebrate Juneteenth! Juneteenth is all about commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The holiday — also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, or Emancipation Day — marks the day that the news of the Emancipation Proclamation finally reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, almost three years after Lincoln signed the proclamation, on June 19, 1865. This year, add some crafts to your Juneteenth celebration to mark this important day with creativity!

Juneteenth Recycled Cardboard Flag Craft

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This Juneteenth, celebrate the day by creating a miniature version of the Juneteenth flag. The flag, created by activist Ben Haith in 1997, is full of symbols. The white star in the center represents Texas, the last place to receive the news of the Emancipation Proclamation, while the burst around the star symbolizes a nova, or a new star, representing a new beginning for African American people. The arch around the curve of the flag represents a new horizon and opportunities, and the colors make the connection to the American flag. See how you can make a Juneteenth flag of your very own over on Crafting A Fun Life, and talk about all of the different meanings on the flag as you put it together. 

Easy Craft Stick Flag

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While Juneteenth has its own flag to celebrate the holiday, many people use the Pan-African flag to celebrate the day as well. Each color of the flag has a special meaning. Red symbolizes blood, which was shed for redemption and liberty, black is for the color of the Black people, and green signifies the vast vegetation in the homeland. To make this DIY flag, you'll need a bunch of popsicle sticks, crafting paint, and glue. Make a few of the popsicle stick flags, and when they are dry, hang them around the house to get the celebration started. 

DIY Confetti Poppers

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Have a few toilet paper rolls around the house? If the answer is yes, then you are already halfway to making these confetti poppers for your Juneteenth celebration. These poppers are filled with green, black, and red-colored tissue paper in honor of the Pan-African flag. Make a bunch of these poppers to hand out at your Juneteenth BBQ for a guaranteed good time.

Kente Cloth Paper Weaving

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Kente cloth is a staple in the West African country of Ghana. The decorated fabric, made by the Ashanti people, was originally only worn by royalty. Over the years, the pattern has evolved and is worn by everyday people during celebrations. Like the Pan-African flag, each color on the cloth has a different meaning. Head over to Kitchen Table Classroom to read all about the different colors and what they represent. While the cloth is typically worn, this version is made from paper, allowing you to make cards and decorations from it to celebrate Juneteenth.

Juneteenth Flag Coloring Sheet

For Juneteenth, Primary Treasure Chest is offering free printables to take your celebration up a level. Print out the coloring pages and grab a box of crayons, markers, or colored pencils. Color in these printables on the day of the holiday, make them in advance to use as decorations, or bring them to the celebrations for a built-in activity. 

Juneteenth Flag

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Learn all about the special Juneteenth flag and practice your fine motor skills at the same time when you make this paper Juneteenth flag. The flag is made out of construction paper and glue, so it's perfect if you are looking for a simple craft to celebrate the holiday with the family. Honor the rich history of Juneteenth with this paper flag and hang it up somewhere you can show it off and teach others about the holiday. 

Juneteenth Proclamation Jubilation

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Juneteenth marks the official date that the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas: Honor the historical document by recreating it. This DIY project from Crayola shows you how to take a regular piece of paper and turn it into an antique-looking document straight out of the late 1800s. As you recreate it, discuss what the document means and why it is so important to remember and celebrate it each year on Juneteenth.