3.04.2011

Making {Yarn Pom Poms}


Dear readers,

I have two words for you: I'm...sorry.

For two weeks now I've neglected to have a Making post, but rest assured I have been "making," just not very successfully. I spent last week trying to do a pillow project I concocted in my mind, but it totally flopped. I tried again this Tuesday and Wednesday, but, alas, it would not turn out right.

Let's just say that burlap is a beast, and leave it at that. :)

My mind then switched to emergency craft mode. What was something that was a) easy to make, b) versatile, c) inexpensive and d) usable with something I already have? (I know...I order very tall.)

Yarn pom poms of course!

I've actually never made them before, but they've been on my craft list for a while. So I took these bottles that I thrifted last weekend, combined it with this project I posted last Friday, and I brought them together into sweet — and somewhat quirky — bliss.

I did have to buy the yarn, but I had a 40% off coupon, so it only cost a little under $2!

You'll Need:

Yarn (I chose something fine and not very fuzzy)
Scissors
Glass bottle/vase/pitcher (something you'd consider putting flowers in, basically)
Glue gun & hot glue
Twigs from your yard (or in my case, our neighbor's)


First you need to decide how big you want the pom pom to be. I tried the width of two, three and four fingers, and settled on two. Whichever size you decide, start the yarn on the palm-side of your outstretched fingers. Don't try and precut a piece because a) it doesn't have to be that exact and b) you don't want to cut it too short. Just leave it attached to the bigger bundle of yarn and cut it when you're finished wrapping.


Wrap it around your fingers about 50 times to make sure the pom will be full enough.


Cut another piece of yarn (about 4 inches) off the big bundle and place it outstretched on your work table.


Slide the yarn off your fingers and place it on top of the piece you just cut.


Take the piece underneath and tie it around the yarn (make sure and pull really tight because that will pull it into that round shape), making sure to double-knot it.


Now take your scissors and start cutting the loops in half, all the way around the ball.


Give it a shake, and you should have something that looks like this! If you like the uneven lengths, you can leave it as-is...


But I went ahead and trimmed it down a bit.


Take your twigs and place them in whatever container you've chosen. I like to put them in ahead of time so that I know they're the right height.


Heat up your favorite hot glue gun.


Pull back some of the yarn hairs on one side to give yourself some clear space. Drop a blob of hot glue on there, and stick it on the end of the twig. Make sure to press down some of the hairs nearest the glue so that they'll adhere to the glue and the twig and give it more stability.

Now step back and admire your work!

These are really great to know how to make because they're really easy, you can do them in whatever color you want, and can decorate with them in millions of ways, whether they're for permanent decor or for a party. I'd actually love to try making a mobile with a bunch of these hanging from it.

Hope you give it a try! 

{Images by me}

3 comments:

  1. I just learned to make those, and had a lot of fun doing it. It is kind of messy project though, I made mine while watching TV, and had to use a lint roller to get all the blue yarn fuzz off the couch.

    Here's my finished project: http://stevishabitat.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/first-flap-hat/

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  2. Super cute! I love your finished project!

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  3. fabulous tutorial! thanks for sharing! xoxo

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