We make pom-poms all the time in art class, and at home. It seems like whenever we have a little time left over, the kids gravitate towards the basket of yarn and ask to make pom-poms. I thought I would show you my best attempt at a perfect rainbow pom-pom, using our favorite pom-pom makers.
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~ Yarn (I buy mine at Michael’s, but you can find cheap yarn on Amazon)
~ Pom-pom makers (we used the largest size)
~ Good scissors (I use my Gingher scissors only when cutting textiles or yarn – never paper, that dulls the blades)
Choose about twelve colors, six for each side of the pom-pom maker. Wrap each color around the half-circle (there are instructions that come with the makers). Make sure not to wrap too tightly, or too loosely. Also make sure it’s nice and thick, so you can hardly close it. The yarn needs to stay in the middle of the half-circle, not over the ends. (This will all make more sense as you experiment.)
Close the half-circles towards the middle. Stick the end of your scissors into the groove between the two circle halves, and start snipping. Snip all the way around.
Cut a piece of yarn and tie it very tightly around the middle of the pom-pom maker. Make it a double knot.
Open up the blue half-circles, and pull apart the two pieces of the pom-pom maker (this part is easier to see on the video).
Snip and snip some more. Give the pom-pom a serious hair cut. The reason I chose the largest pom-pom maker was because I trim a lot in order to get it looking plump and full (not stringy).
Watching the video will give you a better idea of how the pom-pom maker works.
That’s it. Easy-peasy lemon-squeezy. I think I will make about 30 and then make some sort of mobile for our new home (which I haven’t found yet, but I have hope!).