In this instructable we are going to be making pompoms from dustbin liners, but you could use plastic grocery bags, swing bin liners or brightly coloured sandwich bags.
If you tie the pompom off with more of the same bag, then you can even recycle the follower when you don't want it any more.
Ideally you will need Black dustbin liner (one large one makes two pompom heads) some office printer paper A4 or US Letter, one sheet per stem, some white (Elmer's or PVA) glue, and optionally to make things easier double sided tape and a squirt of glue gun glue. Oh and a little bit of paint, the brighter the better or even glow in the dark paint... oooh I feel spooky already...
Step 1: Take a Sheet of Paper
Stick a strip of double sided tape diagonally across a piece of A4 or US Letter paper. You don't absolutely need to do this step but it does make rolling the paper up a bit easier later.
It's dark outside and where I live, quite near to Transylvania, the wolves are howling tonight and who knows what the vampires are doing...
Step 2: Begin to Roll the Paper Up Tightly
Step 3: Apply White Glue and Continue Rolling
Repeat this step for as many Spooky Flowers as you want to make. If you want to have flowers with longer stems, then, make the stems as described and poke the slightly narrower end of one into the slightly bigger end of another... easy.
Step 4: Add Detail to the Stem
Step 5: Paint the Stem Black
Step 6: Paint the Glue Gun Glue Stips
Why not paint them with glow -in -the-dark paint. You can buy that from a craft store or on-line, needs to be quite thick though and from my experience tales ages to dry, but you can paint it over existing paint so may be paint it green first and then highlight at the end of the project (just before you go to bed) in the glow in the dark stuff, which will then be dry by the morning.
Step 7: Cut Out Two Pompom Discs
The size will determine the size of the pompom (derr... obviously). I find that the size of the outer ring is about that of the top of a pint glass. Don't make the inner hole too small, this image is about the right proportion of inner to outer circle.
Step 8: Thread the Dustbin Liner
Take one large refuse sack slit the sides so that you can lay it out flat and then and cut it in half from top to bottom. half of one sack should make one pompom.
Then just like a traditional pompom, thread the sack through the disc and wrap it round the disc. Do this repeatedly and quite tightly, until the discs are evenly covered and you CAN'T push the bin liner through the middle, because there is no hole left. If you run out of bin liner before you finish, start a new one.
Step 9: Cut Round the Edge of the Disc
Step 10: Tie Off the Pompom
Step 11: Trim Your Pompom
You will notice that this pompom looks different than a wool one. Because it's made of a spooky black refuse sack (yes they are spooky now) it has a kind of greasy feel and you can see the pattern of the plastic cut end on the surface of the pompom ball which look cool.
Step 12: Part the Pompom and Put Some Glue In
Step 13: Stick Stem Into Pompom Flower Head
See four in a row, reminds me of an advert we have here in the UK...
It's not just Flowers... it's Spooky Flowers
And in case you need it a little picture capturing the whole process in a snapshot.
If you like this project you'll love dadcando which has loads of other regular pompom projects and tonnes of other making and doing projects, idea for things to do with kids of a weekend or evening.
Happy making and Trick or Treating... (but don't be too mean).