Craft: Pom Pom Bunting

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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. 

Instructions:  

1. First you choose your yarn.  

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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.

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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.

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4. Wrap one side of the pom-pom maker with your chosen yarn.

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

And voilá...  

A fun and easy craft for all ages with beautiful results.  

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