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1311-1 Ghana
Ashanti Stool

Designed by Patty Cox

The Ashanti stool is a symbol of power and status. Every Chief has one, but there is only
one stool that is cast in solid gold.

The Gye Nyame symbol is an extremely well known and popular image in Ghana and especially for the Ashanti people. It symbolizes the power of God to make all things equal, and his omnipotence.

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 1 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project:
2 hours plus drying time

Main supplies:

  • 1 - craft wood slat 7 ¼” x 2 7/8”
  • 17 - mini craft sticks (2 ½” long)
  • 2 –jumbo craft sticks
  • 4 – wooden doll pins
  • 4 – wooden doll pin stands
  • Elmer’s ® Craft Bond™ Tacky Glue
  • Gold acrylic paint

Basic Supplies:

  • Elmer’s ® Painters® black permanent marker
  • Ball point pen or stylus
  • Masking tape


1. Glue three mini craft sticks on each side of the wood slat. Stack the craft stick layers to angle outward as shown. Let dry.

2. Paint the stool seat gold. Let dry. Cut out pattern. Tape on wood slat. Draw over pattern with a ball point pen or stylus. The impression will be indented in the soft wood. Remove pattern. Draw design on stool with a permanent marker.

3. Glue four doll pins into doll stands. Glue a jumbo craft stick between each pair of doll pins as shown. Allow 3 ½” space between doll pins for nine mini craft sticks.

4. Align and space the doll pin sides 2” apart. Apply glue along the top edge of each jumbo craft stick. Place nine mini craft sticks between doll pins. Place one mini craft stick on each outer edge of doll pin.


5. Paint the stool base gold. Glue the wooden slat stool seat on each doll pin top. Let dry.




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