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Fun with Thread for Teens

Hello, crafters! We’re going to do things a little different today. Instead of one thing that you can make with thread or yarn, I’m going to show you three things! Creating with thread is an awesome way to pass the time, and you can do it with friends and family. You will need the same basic supplies for each craft, so let’s get started with that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what you need:

  • thread or fine yarn
  •  scissors
  •  tape

 

 

Craft #1—Wrapped Jewelry

Do you have some plain old jewelry laying around? Jazz it up! For this craft, you will also need a bit of glue, either regular or hot glue. I found an old bangle and some earring I haven’t worn in forever, so we’re going to give them color. To get started, find the end of your thread. Put a dot of glue on the end of the jewelry and place the end of the thread in the glue. Give it a minute to dry, then just wrap till you reach the end of the jewelry. Cut the thread, add a drop of glue, place the end of the thread in the glue, and give it a minute to dry. And now your jewelry has new life! It’s also a great way to customize jewelry for favorite cause or team, or if you need a unique piece for a costume or cosplay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My earrings and bracelet before (above)
and after (below) wrapping with thread and fine yarn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craft #2—Friendships Bracelets or Bookmarks

Ah, friendship bracelets. There really wasn’t a better way to incite jealousy with your friends than determining who received this handmade symbol of BFFs everywhere. So, yeah, they might be kind of cheesy now, but they’re still fun to make! Or you can extend the length and create a custom bookmark! You’ll need all the supplies above for this one. Simply cut three strands of thread so that they wrap around your wrist three times plus a couple of inches. Tie a simple knot, tape that end to a flat surface and start braiding. When you reach the end, tie another knot, cut off the excess, and put that beauty on! Or put it in a book. I even have a couple hanging in my car. Play around with colors and thickness (try adding 2 strands of each color and braid the “double” strands). Need help braiding? Try this, or for more complicated designs, try these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bookmark in progress and holding my place perfectly.

 

 

Craft #3—Wrapped Jar or Can

I don’t know about you, but I’m always needing a place to store my pens and pencils. Now you can make one that is uniquely you! You’ll need some glue, again either regular or hot glue. Wash out a jar or can…but be careful! The inside of the can might be sharp at the top. (Please don’t ask me how I remembered this…) Once it’s dry, put a dab of glue at either the top or bottom of the can or jar. Set the end of the thread in the glue and let it sit for a minute. Then just wrap the thread around until reach the opposite end. Cut the string, add another dab of glue to hold that end, and let it sit for another minute to dry. Now you have an awesome bit of storage for pens & pencils, flowers, or anything else you can fit! I even added some extra buttons to mine that I’ve accumulated from cons and work.

 

Happy crafting!

 

Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs or her cat nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”