This is a simple project that I did with my 8 year old daughter.
These would make darling holiday gifts for a school teacher or friends!
Step 1: Pom Pom 101:
Yarn, bakers twine, embroidery floss, or string of some variety.
Wire (lightweight bendy wire for tying off)
4 pronged fork...a 2" strip of cardboard...or a pom pom maker.
Pens and hot glue for later.
You'll need to know the basics of Pom Pom making.
Here we go.
Step 2: Make the Pom.
I take a strip of cardboard...2 inches wide (doesn't matter how long)
and wrap your bakers twine, yarn,
embroidery floss, thread, rope...around it.
The bigger pouf you want it to have, the more you need to wrap it!
I say about 100 times...or so. (This is where my daughter came in...she's a pro wrapper)
When it is bulky enough,
carefully slide off the cardboard, keeping it bundled.
Take some wire, more yarn or twine, or a twist tie,
and wrap it tight around the center of the bundle.
Use wire or something stiff if you are planning to make this into a pen!
Step 3: Cutting ends.
Essentially you will have a bundle of about 2 inch pieces,
so don't pull hard or you will pull out your yarns.
Then you will need to trim that pom pom.
Cut the yarns to form a ball.
Step 4: Again with a fork!
The result is darling, but smaller...unless you have a huge fork!
Yes, you will need a fork for this way.
Wrap your string around the fork prongs 100 times or so. The more you wrap the
fluffier the pom pom...so keep wrapping!
Then insert a length of wire through the center slot of the fork.
Twist it tight as close as you can get to the strings.
Slide the pom off the fork.
Cut the looped sides
Fluff and trim pom pom to a perfect little ball!
What do you think? Easier that way?