Intro: Pom Poms by the Dozen or More
What if I said that by the time you make 3 Pom Poms I could make a dozen or more??? You don't believe me?
Well trust me when I say even if you have never made pom poms in your life, by the end of this tutorial you will have the confidence to make dozens of pom poms and do it like a pro too!
NO you do not have to go out and spend money in buying a pom pom maker. The tools are already with you!
Two instructables pushed me to do a 'remix and put your own spin in it ' as the contest says ;-)
Make your own Pom Poms!by Erica_DIY - Yes, this really pushed me to make this instructable as I wanted to help people make pom poms quicker and with less expense.
The other is
Flower Pom-poms + DIY Pom-pom maker by mrprintables. This is a lovely instructable, but unfortunately the step by step is not given in instructables. So I thought to help the community by uploading the step by step.
Step 1: Basic Materials
YARN- very important! else you can just imagine it :-)
Take a scrap piece of hardwood as long as you want. Drill both ends. Screw nails in at an angle towards the edges. This is so that the nail won't be pulled inwards with the yarn is being pulled.
For this instructable I'm using a scrap wood that I had. I could make a dozen in it if I wanted in it, but as I wanted bigger pom poms I made only 8 in one go.
Okay, now someone must be thinking, I don't have any scrap hardwood, so how can this already be in my house? Well, you have window grills, door knobs and railings in your house. Wrap the yarn on any two ends and follow the next steps.
Step 2: Wrap and Tie!
Tie about 3 or 4 strands of yarn at one end. Place scraps of yarn across the wood. This is optional, it just makes life easier when you have to tie the knot. Skip this if you are using two ends of your house. Now wrap the yarn around both ends till you get the thickness you want. Secure the ends by wrapping around the wood. Tie the scrap yarn at equal intervals. Now cut in the center between each yarn tie. Fluff up your pom poms and cut off the excess strands with a scissor!
Now isn't that like super easy and super quick?? If you ever want to make a pom pom rug this is the way to go. Else imagine wrapping one at a time to fill a whole rug! trust me, it will never get done!
Step 3: DIY POM POM RUG
So now you have made all those pom poms, what are you going to do with it?? how about a rug?? The internet is full of ideas of pom pom rugs. The internet sews or knots the pom pom to the rug. I have no patience for that, sorry. So I'm showing you my quick no sew method! yes, of course it's glue :-) lol.
Cut canvas to the size you require. Dab a bit of hot glue/ fabric glue. Press pom pom on it! Done! TADA
Step 4: DIY Pom Pom Maker
Yes, you can make your own pom pom maker. It's very cheap. and would not cost you at all.
I would only use this method if I am making the flower pom poms, cause for me after doing the quick method, this is tedious. However in the quick method you can never do flower pom poms!
Lets make our pom pom makers!
Draw a line across a cardbord. Using a compass . draw 6 small circles. Now draw 2 slightly larger circles above the smaller circles. Draw larger circles for the remaining 4. Extend the tab as shown in the picture from the line.. Cut out the templates. Glue the smaller piece of half circle on 2 of the horse shoe shape. This is so that the scissor can easily cut through the gap.Pair this up with the remaining house shoe shape. You are done.
Step 5: Making a Flower Pom Pom
To make the Japanese Flower pom poms draw up a circle and then within it draw a center line. Draw up the pattern you like. Imagine that what you have drawn is the the top view of the pom pom. The line will help you decide where to start. Using one half of the maker, start wrapping the yarn accordingly. Wrap the colors in layers. Then finally the background color. You may do the same for the other half , or just wrap in white like did.
Fold tabs outwards and pin with binder clips. Slip the scissor through the gap and cut away. Take a long yarn and insert through the slit and tie tightly. Pull cardboard maker out.it. Fluff out and trim excess yarn strands .
The first one I made took me ages and I found it really tedious. But the second was much quicker. This is an interesting pom pom and there are many ideas you can try with it.
Please post pictures if you make different versions of it. Thanks!
Also I would love to have your votes for all the contests I'm going to enter. Hope you enjoyed this instructable and found it useful. Happy Pom Pom making!