POM-POMS! Great honkin’ big ones! Let me explain…
Okay, so I was looking into doing to some yarn-stash busting, and realized I have a few yarns that I’m never really going to use. Gifted yarns. You know the thing: a single skein of acrylic, well meant, but I mean, I already have approximately 3700 hats. What to do, what to do…
Well, I decided to make giant pom-poms! And you can too! Before I share the tutorial, here’s a list of totally practical* uses for giant pom-poms.
*may not actually be all that practical.
Keep them in a hat by your entry way. Throw them at visitors.Line them up on your balustrade for a fuzzy trip up and down the stairs!Jazz up your plantings!
Bake with them!
Put a few on your head!
Put a lot on your head!
So yes. Giant pom-poms. They have a lot of uses. There are a few ways to make them, including commercial pom-pom makers. But if you have the immediate urge to make giant pom-poms, here’s my simple, home-spun pom-pom tutorial.
- Yarn – worsted weight works best. Fancy or fluffy yarns are tempting, but make floppier pom-poms
- Cardboard – preferably nice corrugated stuff, but thin board works in a pinch
- Scissors – please don’t use a particularly nice pair; cardboard is not friendly to finely honed blades
Procedure:1. Trace a circle onto your cardboard and cut it out. The bigger the circle, the bigger the pom-pom (My circles were approximately 4″ in diameter). Inside the circle, draw a sort of keyhole shape. Cut that out too, so it looks the picture. You’ll need two identical pieces.2. Hold the two cardboard shapes together and aligned, and wrap the yarn around the inner hole (the top of the “keyhole”). The more you wrap, the fuller your pom-pom will be. Ideally, fill the whole inner circle. Go nuts!3. Now wiggle your scissors between the two pieces of cardboard. Cut through all the yarn, moving around the wrapped circle. Do this slowly and carefully.4. Now cut a piece of yarn about 6 – 10″ long and wiggle it between the two cardboard pieces. Pull it as tight as you can, so the long piece of yarn tightens around all the little pieces. Tie it firmly with a square knot.
5. Pull, twist, and otherwise coax the cardboard pieces out. I find it easiest to do this one at a time. Roll your pom-pom between your hands to fluff it up, and trim any longer strands to make it spherical.
6. Enjoy the ridiculousness that is giant pom-poms!