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July Teen Grab & Go Craft: Yarn Lanterns

Light up your summer with a colorful yarn lantern!

Grab & Go Teen craft kits will be available beginning July 19th and while supplies last. You can pick up a kit from our green Creation Station (outside the library entrance) or on the table in the Teen Space. Stickers identifying the Teen craft are on each kit; one per person, please.

The craft this month is messy and takes some effort, but it’s so fun to do! I ended up making mine outside where the mess didn’t matter, but if you work inside, be sure to spread a covering over your work surface.

Supplies included:

  • 1 slip-knotted skein of yarn
  • 1 balloon
  • 1 paper bowl
  • 1 paper cup
  • 1 plastic spoon
  • 1 battery operated tealight candle
  • 1 instruction sheet

Supplies needed from home:

  • glue
  • water
  • patience!


  • Unknot the skein of yarn. Set it aside
  • In the bowl, mix about two parts glue (not provided) with one part water. You can experiment, but you don’t want the mixture too thick OR too thin!
  • Inflate your balloon. You should keep it relatively small (about 4-5″ in diameter).
  • Spread newspaper or some other covering over wherever you’re working, as this project gets very messy!!
  • Learn from my mistake: do NOT put the entire skein of yarn into the glue/water mixture at once. Instead, it’s best to put a short stretch of yarn into the mixture, squeeze out the excess glue, and then begin wrapping that yarn around the balloon.

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  • Tuck the beginning of the yarn under another piece as you wrap.
  • Keep putting a small amount of yarn into the glue, wrapping that yarn around the balloon, and alternating those two procedures.
  • Leave an opening opposite from where you start wrapping so you can pop/remove the balloon and then insert the candle. (Picture shows the opening I left to remove the balloon and insert the candle.)

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  • Be sure to switch wrapping directions for the yarn.
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Whoops…this is way too much glue on the yarn!
  • You can rest the balloon on the paper cup as you’re working and as it dries.
  • Let dry AT LEAST overnight; possibly longer.
  • When completely dry, push on the balloon to separate it from the yarn. Then pop the balloon and remove.
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Finished yarn ball after drying for three nights because I used too much glue!
  • You can now slip the tealight in, and you have a yarn-wrapped lantern! Be sure to follow the safety warnings!
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Oooh, pretty!

We’d love to see your finished lantern, so please send us pictures at

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