Craft: Pom Pom Bunting
In September I am moving into a new house so this summer I made it my mission to craft more, with the primary motivator being that I need new, low-cost, homely accessories to help “make a house a home.”
As a kid I was forever fumbling around with DIY cardboard cut pom-pom makers, which involved my fixation on intricately drawing a perfect circle for the maker itself, and the sweat and struggle as I attempted to successfully detach the pompom from the board itself. While this provided a healthy challenge for some, the best thing I ever did was invest in a plastic reusable one (for my hairline especially, as it was constantly being torn out- I’m quite the efficient perfectionist.
Making pom-poms is simple and it can pull together to create home accessories such as Pom-Pom Bunting which I chose for bordering across my window frame.
1. First you choose your yarn.
2. The maker splits into two separate parts, with a total of four semi-circular arms- open out the arms so that they form an ‘S’ shape.
3. Put the two separate parts together by attaching the metal rod on one into its hole of the other. This would have doubled-up the semi-circular arms which is crucial for future steps.
4. Wrap one side of the pom-pom maker with your chosen yarn.
5. Now, wrap the second half of the pom-pom maker.
6. Close the two halves of the maker to securely complete the now woolly circle.
7. Cut through the centre of the yarn, this will now start to form the strands for your pom-pom. The doubled-up arms from before creates a gap that will provide the guide for the direction of cutting around the circle maker.
8. Take a new length of yarn and knot it around the strands, drawing it all together. Make sure it is tight so that the pom-pom doesn’t start to fall apart.
9. Prize open the two sides of the maker to free the pom-pom.
10. Finally, give your pom-pom a good haircut, ensuring that it’s strands are constant lengths throughout.
Although, keep the long strands of yarn that you used to tie the pom-pom together as these lengthy ends will be useful for sewing or tying your new pom-pom onto other things like hats, cushion trimming or our bunting.
A fun and easy craft for all ages with beautiful results.