3D Thread Sculpture

  • Young Adult
  • Grades 1-3

Create a beautiful, airy sculpture using Friendship Thread, glue and a balloon.


  • 25 Pack Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Friendship Thread Basic Colors
  • Latex Balloon
  • Wax paper
  • Craft Glue
  • Small Bowl for glue


Step 1. Gather your supplies.

Friendship thread project


make a sculpture with friendship thread


Step 2.


Inflate a balloon. Tip: you don’t need to blow it up too large, a little larger than your hand will work fine. Tie the end in a knot.

Kids arts and crafts activity with Friendship thread


Step 3.


Begin covering the middle of the balloon with craft glue. Tip: use a foam brush, it will be easier to spread the glue.

How to make a woven sculpture


Step 4.


Pick the 1st color Friendship Thread you want to use. Press the thread into the glue, and wrap the Thread around the balloon until you have used up all of the thread.

kid's craft sculpture Step 5.


Once you have used all the Thread, spread more glue on top of the Thread.

3d kids craft Step 6.


Repeats Steps 2-5 with more colors. You want to overlap some of the Thread colors and cover the bottom of the balloon as shown. Tip: The more Thread you use the stronger the sculpture will be when it’s done.

kids arts and crafts activity 3d sculpture


Step 7.


Let the glue dry for several hours or overnight.

3d thread sculpture kids craft activity


Step 8.


When the glue is dry, gently snip the top of the balloon (near the knot) with the scissors. This will allow the air to come out of the balloon very slowly.

friendship thread woven sculpture


Step 9.


Once the balloon has been deflated, the Thread will hold it’s shape. You might have to press gently on the sculpture to adjust the shape. Remove the balloon and throw away.

3d thread sculpture


Step 10.


Your sculpture will look like a bowl if you only covered the balloon halfway, like we did. You can make another sculpture by covering the whole balloon for a completely different look.