Total yum – I’ve never met anyone who didn¹t love these little xmas treats!
Pompoms are delightful and make awesome decorations! We’ve used our pompoms to fill a vase, make buntings and decorate our tree. We even used them to make a wreath. Pompoms take a little time to make, but making them is very calming pursuit. I did this project with Charlie’s class and it was lovely. The vibe was relaxing and the kids loved seeing their pompoms come to life. We can’t stop making them. They are addictive.
You will need:
A compass or two circular items you can trace. We used an egg cup (approx. 3cm diameter) and a large tea cup (approximately 9cm diameter)
How to go about it:
1. Step one is to create two donut shaped rings out of cardboard. Using your compass or the two circular shapes, trace two concentric circles on your cardboard, one larger and one smaller. Now cut the two larger circles to make the disks, and then cut out the inner circles to make the holes. You should now have two identical donut shaped rings.
2. Place the rings together. The idea now is to wind the wool around and through the rings. Cut the wool into manageable lengths (perhaps 2m) at a time. Hold one end on the outside of the ring and feed the other end through the hole, round the back and through the front again. Repeat this, working your way around the ring until all the cardboard is covered. As you use additional lengths, you don’t need to tie them together, just make sure the ends are on the outside, not in the middle. If it makes it easier, try using a large darning needle to feed the wool through.
3. The next step is the trickiest. Once your rings are fairly full of wool, cut the wool around the outside edge (i.e. one of the scissor blades should be between the two pieces of cardboard as you are cutting). You won’t be able to cut it at once so just do a bit at a time.
4. Pass a length of wool between the two pieces of cardboard, around all the strands of wool, and tie it firmly to hold it all together. Now you can remove the cardboard rings (cut them if necessary) and trim any lengths of wool which are uneven to give your pompoms a tidy look. Voila! You have a pompom. Hurrah!
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