last week we stocked the kids’ craft tray with supplies to make some good old-fashioned pom-poms. they’ve been keeping their busy hands, well busy, only a good kind of busy not a bugging my brother or coloring on the walls kind of busy.
it’s been a good craft to have on hand and (bonus) doesn’t require many supplies or make too much of a mess. just a little fuzz. here’s what you’ll need…
YARN in different colors (it can get pretty spendy, but since your not knitting a sweater, look for the less expensive brands. the ones pictured above were between $3-$4 each.)
POM-POM MAKERS (follow the instructions below to make your own or these work really well and were available at our local craft store too.)
small pair of SCISSORS (your kid safe ones might be perfect!)
1. if you purchase the pom-pom makers, follow the directions on the package to make the poms. if you are making your own draw 2-3 inch circles on a piece of cardboard (the thickness of a cereal box) and cut it out. then draw a 1 inch circle in the center of each cardboard circle and cut them out so you have templates that look like doughnuts.
2. stack circles on top of each other and begin winding yarn through the centers and around until they are completely full and covered. cut a long piece of yarn (about 8 inches) and set aside.
3. cut the yarn in the middle around the outside of the circles, making sure to hold the cardboard firmly together. grab the long piece of yarn you cut earlier and thread it between the two cardboard circles. pull tightly and make a double knot.
4. carefully pull the cardboard from the pom-pom, trim any long pieces of yarn and your done!
i was hoping to have a plethora of poms to choose from to make a fall garland, but the kids seem to find a use for them as fast as they make them. not that i can blame them… they are pretty cute.
don’t you think?
xo . rae