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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Pom Pom Ornaments - tutorial

This might very well be the easiest craft I've ever made. Doesn't require a lot of materials either, which is good for me since I can't lay hands on a lot of my craft stuff at the moment {moving is so obnoxious}. But I love these pom pom flowers and thought, why not make an ornament out of them? Let's do it!

 Materials : :
 - yarn. {yes, you'll need a lot}
 - hot glue gun/glue
 - scissors
 - twine or string for the ornament hanger

The size of the pom pom entirely depends on you. My room of thumb is typically this: 2 finger wrap is small, 3 finger wrap is medium, and 4 finger wrap is large. Although I have super small hands so ... adjust accordingly? Grab one end of your yarn and start wrapping it around your fingers. Not too tightly! If your fingers start to tingle or turn blue, well, that's bad.

Keep wrapping {75-100 times} then trim off your yarn so the entire string is wrapped around your hand.

Carefully slid the wrapped yarn off your fingers. 

Cut a 6-8 inch piece of yarn.

Lay the yarn piece out straight, then set your wrapped yard on top of it, centered.

Now pull the two ends as tightly as you can across your wrapped yarn and tie a knot.

Cut an 8 inch piece of your twine. Loop it and tie a knot at the bottom.

Glue this piece of twine down on top of your yarn knot. I like to put a dab of glue both under and over the twine to make sure its secure.

Now for the fun part. After your glue has dried, grab your scissors {the sharper the better} and start cutting those loops of yarn.

If your pom pom looks anything like mine, at this point its going to be kinda of lopsided and all over the place. Gently fluff the pom pom up a little bit {carefully, it technically can fall apart with too much force} and then use your scissors to trim the shape up a bit.

I think I might have cut in the wrong place? Or maybe I fluffed too hard? Either way ... don't do this:

After your pom pom is fluffed and shaped, you're all done! Time to deck the tree! I'd love to show you a picture of my beautiful Christmas tree, but alas, my tree {along with everything else I own} is currently in boxes. It feels really weird not to have any Christmas decorations up! Moving starts tomorrow, maybe I can get it up by this weekend to still enjoy some of the holiday cheer. Until then, here's my pom pom ornament hanging on one of our hydrangea tree's outside.

And don't think that this is just a Christmas craft either. They make for great flowers to put all over the house. Just add a dab of hot glue to a stick and you have your own dandelion! 

Stay tuned this week for a guest crafter with a Christmas tutorial of her own!

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