It's time for another Post-Pin, where I share something I pinned and ACTUALLY MADE from Pinterest! This one comes from Ivey Handcrafted I have fallen in love with this blog - lots of creative ideas and sweet/unique things to buy! You should check it out.
Okay - on with the tutorial. I didn't have the pom-pom maker like Ivey Handcrafted (although I think I might get one because her poms turned out a little tighter than mine). But, I still think my improvisation worked out okay - I used my finger (I know - very lazy of me!), but it still worked - albeit a little more "floppy"and loose :) . . .
Using your finger will give you about a 3in pom. For smaller ones, I have another tutorial I'll share tomorrow using a thin piece of heavy card stock or cardboard.
Here's what you'll need for the 3in pom : Different colors of yarn, scissors and sticks (I used different sized cake ball sticks) . . .
How to make the pom-poms:
1. Begin wrapping the yarn around your finger (not too tight - I don't want your finger turning blue!) ...
You'll want to wrap your yarn around at least 130 times (more if you want a tighter looking pom). It should look like a big bite of spaghetti wrapped around a fork . . .
2. Slide the yarn off your finger slowly while keeping the shape of the wrapped yarn "spaghetti". Then place the yarn bundle on top of a separate 12 in piece of yarn (you'll use this to tie up the bundle ...
3. Tie the yarn string around the bundle into a really, really tight knot . . .
Make sure it's a really tight knot. Sometimes I'll wrap the end of the string around the bundle 2-3 times and get it as tight as I can. Otherwise, you're pom could easily fall a part.
4. Next, with your fingers arrange the loops to form a bun or donut shape . . .
5. Now, you're ready to start cutting the loops open! Going around your yarn "bun" start cutting all the loops open . . .
It will look a bit like frayed carpet. Also - there will be hidden loops under the first layer, so be sure to cut open as many loops as you can get to. But, be careful not to cut the string you used to tie the bundle together.
Once you've opened all your loops, don't worry if it looks a little out-of-shape. Mine looked like this...
6. Shake your pom-pom so it gets fluffy and begin trimming off the longer pieces (including the 2 longer pieces of string you used to tie the yarn bundle). It's up to you how short you want to go . . .
Here's what my finished one looked like . . .
It was almost exactly 3 in around . . .
7. Now, for your last step, grab your cake-ball/sucker stick and gently push into the pom (no adhesive needed!) . . .
I had long and short sticks, but ended-up breaking off a lot of them to create different heights. I really had fun making these pom flowers. I think it would be cute for different seasons too! Oranges, browns and rust for fall and reds and greens for the holidays! The color combinations are endless!
Stay tuned for tomorrow's post where I'll share a tutorial for making the smaller poms using cardboard or heavy weight paper.
Happy Flairing! :) nikki