26/05/2014

How (and why) to use a pom-pom maker

Meet my new love... a pom-pom maker. I was a bit sceptical about these when they first appeared; I wasn’t sure how to use one or how you could better the cardboard circle pom-pom technique which had served me well since first school. Well, one very simple reason these new-fangled, technical looking plastic things are better than cardboard is SPEED! They are so quick to use, no cutting lots of lengths of wool and threading through a circle, you just open the arms slightly and wrap.


That is of course assuming you can understand the instructions on the back of the pack. ‘Open deyice’ and ‘will be wrapped in blue plastic part of the wool’ were just a couple of the hilarious directions that got lost in translation (one reason not to buy from Amazon, ahem).


Luckily the pictures were fairly straightforward and went something like this - open the arms on one side of the pom-pom maker. Wrap with wool and cut. Repeat with opposite arms.


Close the arms so your maker is back in a circle shape and cut through the middle of each half circle (like you would for the cardboard method).



Tie a piece of wool around the centre of the maker in the gap you have just cut. Tie tightly, pulling the pom-pom together.


Pull the two sides of the pom-pom maker apart to free your pom-pom and give it a final haircut if needed.


Needless to say I’m now slightly addicted to pom-pom making. So many craft ideas; watch this space. 

12 comments:

  1. Ah yes, this is me a couple of months ago. No idea what the instructions on the back of the pack were talking about, but nonetheless besotted with pompom makers. I now have four makers and a pot full of pompoms, which explodes every time the lid is lifted! Anna x

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    1. Love that you have a jar of pom-poms! Think I'm going to need a big jar... xx

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  2. Looks good... I think I need to try this!

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  3. I normally cut a small bit out of the cardboard circle so I don't have to cut big long bits of wool. These do look really handy though!
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xo

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  4. I do love a good pompom! I really want to try making this rug - http://meetmeatmikes.com/2013/02/all-about-the-pompom-rug-in-frankie-magazine/

    It looks completely impractical for a household which sheds as much as mine does, but it's so, SO pretty. Happy pompom making! xxx

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    1. Oh I pinned that rug recently, love it! Might be a bit of a nightmare to hoover though :) xxx

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  5. I love my pom pom makers - looking forward to seeing what you make :o)

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  6. Such an easy way to make pom poms, I might buy one to try out with my little niece!

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    1. It's nice and speedy so should keep little ones entertained!

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