In today’s post I will show you how to make pom-poms, using two different methods with cardboard.
Recently I have been having the urge to be a bit more creative. When I first started this blog back in June 2017, I had in my head that I would not only showcase my travels, and my various antics, but also a bit of my creative side. Upstyling shelving was one of my DIY projects. I have always loved making things, I remember designing my own paper doll with attachable clothes when I was younger (anyone else?). I learnt to sew using a sewing machine during university by my auntie, and really enjoyed making clothing items, as well as homeware.
So, for this post and posts in the future, I am going to take my blog back to basics by posting a few crafting blog posts. I will still be posting my other usual travel and lifestyle posts, just having the extra category of DIY Crafts. I might as well kill two birds with one stone by being creative and building my skills as well as having continual content for the blog. Win-win situation don’t you think?
I have also recently come across a great blogger and YouTuber Dainty Dress Diaries, who is great at DIY crafts. She has totally inspired me to get back into making things, and this post is inspired by a few items she has made. You should definitely check her blog and YouTube channel out!
Anyway onto the post – How to make Pom Poms!
What is a Pom-Pom?
A pom-pom is basically pieces of wool or yarn (you can also use other material) bundled together to make a round ball or tuft. It is usually a decorative piece to clothing and homeware.
How to Make Pom-Poms
In this post, I am going to show you two different free methods for making pom-poms. One style will be the usual packed together ball pom-pom and the other style will be a looser pom-pom. The looser version reminds me of a sea enemy.
Both use a cardboard template with method one being a bit fiddlier. To make the packed pom-pom you will need a circular style template, and to make the looser pom-pom you will need a squarer template.
How to Make pom-poms | Circle Template:
Grab something with a circular base, the bigger the circle the larger the pom-pom. I used one of our tealight holders that looked small-ish but not too small. Draw around this on your chosen bit of cardboard. Next use something smaller in size, again circular and place this in the middle of your drawn circle. I chose the candle inside the candle holder.
Once you have drawn both circles, grab your scissors and cut out the larger circle. Then cut out the middle circle, bringing this down so that it looks slightly key-shaped.
Use this template to draw around on another piece of cardboard and cut out. You should now have two circular pieces of cardboard. There you have your circle template for your tightly packed pom-pom making.
How to make pom-poms | Square Template:
This one is a bit simpler to make. Grab your preferred piece of cardboard and cut out a square or rectangular shape. Again, the larger the square the larger the pom-pom. Next, cut out smaller square or rectangle in the middle of this piece of cardboard. This is now your template for the looser style pom-pom. Simple right?
Tightly Packed Pom-Pom:
So, going back to the circular template here is how you make a tightly packed pom-pom:
- Place both circles on top of each other, so that you have two layers.
2. Select your chosen wool, and begin winding this around your circular maker, going from one side to the other.
3. Once you have wound a few times, and the cardboard is covered (should look slightly thick) it is time to grab your scissors.
4. From one edge of your pom-pom begin cutting down the middle of your two cardboard pieces. Keep a good hold of the wool, as this can be quite fiddly.
5. Once all have been cut, you might have to cut through several layers, grab another piece of wool. Place this in between the cardboard template and tie together tightly.
6. Remove the pom-pom from the cardboard, and double tie your piece of wool.
7. You should now have a formed tightly packed pom-pom. Bunch the wool, and remove loose pieces of wool, and trim if uneven.
Grab your square cardboard template for this style of looser pom-pom
- Start by wrapping your wool from top to bottom of the square template.
2. Make sure the wool remains within the width of the smaller square on the template.
3. Build until you have a thick layer of wool going around the template.
4. Grab another piece of wool, and tie this around the middle of the wool, not too tightly. Use the smaller square to gain access to the wool.
5. Cut the top and bottom edges of the wool, make sure you don’t cut into the cardboard.
6. Tighten the wool around the middle and double knot it.
7. Trim the pom-pom wool and voila you have a looser pom-pom.
You can add various variations to the pom-poms by adding addition colours of wool. Just ensure that you cut and add /align the wool to the edges of your template. If you start in the middle, then this will be a very small piece of wool for the pom-pom when it is cut!
So, there you have how to make pom-poms in two forms. You can now add these as a decorative piece to cushions, clothing, throws…anything you want!
What do you think to this craft DIY? Do you have another way
of making pom-poms?
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