Posted by: Kelli
Yesterday I told you a bit about my love for Instagram. I have no idea how I didn’t find it sooner. I scroll through those bits and pieces of fun and color and inspiration and it reminds me why I have so many arts and crafts supplies at home. Creating is fun (or so it should be).
If you are a bit intimidated by all the DIY decor and projects you can find endlessly on blogs, Pinterest, and Instragram, let me share with you a very very simple and inexpensive homemade project.
Let’s make some pom poms!
I’m going to show you how to make pom poms using a pom pom maker. However, there are a variety of tutorials floating around out there for making them using your fingers or using a fork. I have found the pom pom maker to be worth its money and so super simple to use, but if you want to use what you have on hand, check out those links.
Pom pom maker (here or here appear to work the same way as the one pictured. I bought my set at Hobby Lobby for $6.)
Little scissors (You can use larger scissors, but these really do work well because the tips aren’t as thick and fit better when you go to snip your yarn.)
1. Unravel a bunch of yarn for wrapping around your pom pom maker. I think it’s much easier if you do this first.
2. Take both pieces of your pom pom maker and line them up so the bubbles match up with the holes.
3. While keeping the bubbles lined up with the holes, take the end of your yarn. Hold it with your thumb and start wrapping the yarn around the arc of one side of the pom pom maker.
4. Continue wrapping yarn around one side of your pom pom maker. Be sure to wrap around the end of the yarn. It’s easier to have that secured and held in place.
5. Continue wrapping and wrapping until your yarn fills up the arc or half moon of the first side of your pom pom maker.
6. Turn your pom pom maker over, and drape the yarn to the other side.
7. Begin wrapping the yarn on the other side.
8. Continue wrapping until the second side is full.
9. Close your pom pom maker and close up the little white latches on each side.
10. Cut your yarn.
11. Gently squeeze the blade of your scissors in the small opening between your pom pom maker. Begin snipping away at the yarn.
12. Snip all the way around the ball being careful NOT to slide the pom pom maker off the yarn.
13. Cut a small piece of yarn approximately five inches to tie around the middle of the pom pom.
14. Slip your yarn in the opening and tie it TIGHT around your pom pom. I usually knot it three times.
15. Now that your little yarn pieces are all tightly secured, you can unlatch your pom pom maker and slip it off.
16. Trim the longer pieces and fluff it up a bit. And you have a pom pom!
A single pom pom probably takes less than two minutes to make. I would encourage you to try something small like this if you are just getting started on a creative journey like me.
Come back on Friday when I’ll share with you three simple ways to use pom poms around your home!