The Craftivity Super String Lanterns Kit from Faber-Castell is a room décor/decorating craft kit for kids to make their own colorful string lanterns. The kit comes with everything needed: assorted craft string, metallic strings, a crafting ball, glaze glue, a tassel tool, and more. Before you get started, make sure you prep a workspace with newspaper; things will get messy. Gloves are included for applying the glue to the string--use them! Once the string is coated with the glaze glue, begin wrapping it around the craft ball in a criss-cross fashion so you've covered the whole ball. As you wrap be sure to leave the area around the ball's plug open in order to easily remove it later. You'll use about a third of the bottle for each lantern ball. Once you've reached the end of the yarn simply tuck it under another piece so they seal together. Let the ball dry for approximately 24 hours.
Next, work carefully to release the ball from the yarn and deflate the ball for removal. We suggest using your finger or the end of a pen to help detach the ball from the string. Then tie on your tassel, which only takes a few minutes to make with the tassel tool, to the tea light holder and place the tea light inside. Hang the lantern using some of the included sequin string.
The instructions suggest keeping the string wrapped loosely in a bowl, however we found the glaze still results in a knotted stringy mess. Our solution was to lay two plates side by side and keep the glazed strands of string wrapped as little times as possible. Working with knotted, sticky string is one thing you really want to avoid to make this activity enjoyable and hassle-free.
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