Weekend DIY: Yarn Pom Poms

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Basic yarn pom pom (prudentbaby.com)

Learn how to make a basic yarn pom pom at Pretty Prudent.

When I was a kid, we adorned our tennis shoes with hand-made goodies, and yarn pom poms were totally in. A knitter, my mother always had remnants of skeins of yarn, and all you needed was a piece of cardboard and a pair of scissors. Yes, I know they make pom-pom makers – little plastic holders that simplify the task at hand. In all honesty, I never even knew these existed until recently. I still say using what you’ve got lying around is best for the wallet and the imagination.

Yarn pom poms are a big deal again, and in even more creative ways. Just check out the chandelier project by Mari at Small for Big. I also found an adorable pom pom garland project at Mallory Paige.

For the kids, adorning pom poms with googly eyes and felt make for great little characters, too.

Pom Pom Chandelier (Small for Big)

Learn how to make this Pom Pom Chandelier at Small for Big.

There are endless possibilities. I found thousands of pins across scores of Pinterest boards, all dedicated to projects that use the retro craft pom pom as a foundation.

Plan to make some pom poms the old-fashioned way? There are simple instructions for the cardboard circle method at Pretty Prudent. And for wee ones, instructables.com explains how to make them using a dining fork.

Be sure to show off your finished pom poms – whether you just make a bowlful or go over-the-top. We’d love to see your creative side.

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Last updated: Jun 14, 2013
Filed under: DIY & Upcycling Tagged with: DIY, retro crafts