Pom poms! I’ve got a kid to entertain while we all practice social distancing, so I’ve been trying all sorts to keep her busy learning and exploring new things while staying home. The added challenge is that I have to use what I’ve already got in the house to save the money and also because there is no shopping here and the mail system is pretty jammed right now. Thankfully I’m a bit of a craft hoarder and we’ve got a good well of supplies to pull from. The other day I picked a few balls of yarn out of my mighty stash and made some pom poms for Mavis, just another thing that I’ve always wanted to do but never found the time for.
They are super simple to make and you can use a number of different methods to do it. I’ve seen people use a fork to wrap yarn into the little wool spheres, also plastic templates designed for Pom Pom making, and most recently a diy version cut out of a piece of cardboard. You basically just want something to can wrap a ton of yarn around and still be able to tie a string around the centre. The easiest tool you have for Pom Pom making is your fingers; wrap around two fingers for a small one, three for medium and all four for a large Pom Pom. I use a crochet hook to pull the yarn through my fingers at the end for tying off.
To tie off extra tight I wind yarn around the bundle once and tie it with a tight knot, then wrap the yarn around the centre again to tie a second even tighter knot on the other side, then repeat again a third time to make sure it’s really secure.
Once the bundle is tightly tied in the centre trim all the loops of yarn to create your fluffy pom pom. Trim the ends until you have a uniform globe of fluff and that’s it! To get a really dense ball you need to wrap a lot of yarn so don’t be stingy. It may look like a lot but it’s probably still not enough haha.
We made a bunch of Pom poms together that I then threaded onto a garland and hung up in the playroom. They are super cute, plus listening to Mavis excitedly say Pom Pom! over and over again is pretty funny.