I've officially gone a little pom-pom crazy! After completing the pom-pom garland for the boys' shared room, I continued with my pom-pom making and I will be sharing a couple more pom-pom projects over the next little while. I think this post is going to go into the world record books for the most use of the word "pom-pom" (you've been forewarned). :)
So before I show you my next project, I wanted to share a tutorial on how to get perfectly round pom poms. I noticed that many of the tutorials out there tell you to wrap yarn around two stick type objects and then just tie off the middle which ends up in a lot of trimming/shaping of the pom pom and not a perfectly sphere pom-pom. So I guess I want to show you the way my mom taught me.
Isn't it crazy that the leaves have started to change colour already? It won't be long until our yard is completely covered in leaves.
Little Pilot helped model my perfect pom-pom although it didn't stay so perfect once he got his dirt-covered little hands all over it. :)
Here's the how to:
Materials: cardboard, a round object/compass, pencil and yarn
- Draw two circles slightly larger than what you would like your pom-pom to be. In each of the circles draw a small circle in the middle. I found the midpoint of my larger circle to make sure that my small circle was directly in the centre. I traced a glass, but you could use a compass too.
- Cut out your circles from the cardboard. They should look like donuts.
- Place the two cardboard circles on top of each other and use a slip knot to help you get ready to wrap your yarn. This will also double up your yarn so that you can wrap a little faster.
- Wrap the yarn around the cardboard circle pulling the yarn through the centre. For a full pom-pom I generally wrap my cardboard circle about 1.5 times around.
- To cut the yarn loops, use the space between the cardboard circles as a guide as to where to cut (i.e., place your scissors in between the circles and cut all the way around).
- Once the loops are all cut secure them together by tying a short piece of yarn around them - it is easiest to do this by separating the cardboard circles slightly and wrapping the yarn around through the space.
- After you've secured the loops together, pull off the cardboard circles
- You should end up with a perfectly round pom-pom that needs none to very little trimming.