Tuesday, 28 April 2015

DIY // Easy Peasy Pom Pom Garland - 2 Ways



It's no secret that I love pompoms. Ever since I was a kid and my mum made me a giant one from pastel pink, baby blue and lemon yellow wool, I've been obsessed.

So today I want to show you two different ways to make those fuzzy, adorable poms. They are so easy and much quicker than you may think.

The first method is using a pompom maker. These nifty little pieces of kit are so great! I have a set that came with four different size makers, to make anything from a dinky, golf ball sized pompom, to a pretty big one, about the size of a grapefruit! My set cost me about a fiver I think, from ebay.

The second method I'm going to show you, is even quicker and you don't need any special equipment because you'll be using your very own hands. As you can see from the picture below, you can get fantastic results with both methods.



Method One - Pompom Maker



This is what the pompom maker looks like. The yellow bits are 'arms', which hinge away from the white centre. The centre itself comes apart to release the finished pompom, which you'll see as we work our way through the tutorial images below.

First up, choose your yarn. You can use whatever type you want, but I like to use a chunky weight yarn - it makes nice fat poms and you need less; double win!

Fold out one set of the 'arms' and begin to wrap your yarn around the curved bit.



Keep going and periodically fold the arm back in, to make sure you're not making it too fat to close. Try to wind the yarn evenly along the curved arm, in order to end up with a nice, even pompom.

When you've filled one arm, fold it back in and snip the yarn. Repeat on the other arm.




Next comes the tricky bit - take a pair of sharp scissors and carefully cut through the outter edge of the wound yarn, between the two arms (what would be the circumference of the pompom maker). This can be hard work, but persevere and make sure you keep the arms tucked in. 

Cut the yarn this way on both the top and bottom sets of arms.

Take a separate length of yarn and thread it between the two halves of the pompom maker. Pull it as tight as you can, to bind all the yarn, and tie in a tight knot.
*Tip - wool can stretch and snap when pulled too tight, so if you find this happens when tying your pom, use cotton or embroidery thread instead.



Next, open both sets of arms away from your cut yarn, to make a crazy dancing sloth, like this:



Carefully prise apart the two halves of the maker and, voila! You've made a pompom!



Fluff it out a bit and trim any bits that are longer than others and, you're done!


Method Two - Handsies


You can use two or four fingers for this method.

Cut a length of yarn for tying the pompom, before you start (trust me, you'll be glad you did it now) and set aside.

Lay your chosen yarn over your fingers and begin to wind round and round. Try to keep a tiny gap between your fingers, as you'll need it in a mo.




Get your cat to help if you can.



When you're happy with the thickness of the yarn, take the length of yarn we cut earlier and poke one end through the gap in your fingers. Bring the other end over and between the tops of your fingers, so that it is wrapped around all of the yarn, and tie the middle of the pompom as tight as you can, using your thumb and other hand. A single knot is fine for now - it just needs to hold it together for the next step.



Very carefully ease the yarn off your fingers, then tighten the knot as much as you can and knot again to secure. It should look like this.



Take your scissors and snip through the loops of yarn on each side. Fluff out your pompom and give it a haircut on any strands that are too long, and to refine the shape. Presto! You made another pompom!

For a bigger pom, just use four fingers instead of two, like this:







Which method you use is entirely down to personal preference. Personally, I find the second method much faster, but I think I prefer the result of the pompom maker, overall. There's not a whole bunch of difference, as you can see in the picture below, so try both and see which you like best.



Once you've made a whole pile of cute pompoms, take a long length of yarn/string/ribbon/whatever and thread through the centre of each pompom. Then simply hang, for a supercute and happy looking garland!


Wishing you happy pompom making!

xx



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5 comments:

  1. I always used a cut out piece of cardboard with a big whole in the middle insted of a pom pom maker! Love the garland idea so much!!

    dresses-and-travels //@susandollparts

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    1. That's how my mum taught me to make them as well - it works fine, but is so tricky and time consuming! Both of these ways are much quicker!

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  2. This is such a good DIY and the garland looks so cute! I had a go at making some pom-poms a while back both with a pom-pom maker and just using my own fingers. They were fine for first tries but I think I need to have another go and attempt the garland too! Lovely post. - Tasha

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    1. Thanks so much! It can take a bit of practise to make the perfect pom! I find the trick is to use a good yarn - nothing too thin x

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  3. I have been wanting to make my own pompoms for ages! Thank you so much, I will be looking at this later x

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