My recent addiction has resulted in lots of pompom projects and I'll be publishing one a day until Friday. This is the most simple of all and also demonstrates just how easy it is to use a pompom maker. You can, of course, use any other way of making pompoms, but if - like me - you grew up making pompoms with handmade floppy cardboard circles and an ever decreasing hole to stuff your yarn through, you may well find yourself converted to these little gadgets too!
This project takes just a few minutes and is easy enough for children, although there is a sharp point in the centre of the pompom makers, and scissors are used so adult supervision or assistance may be required.
Step 1: Make the pompom and tie it off leaving long tails. If you haven't made one before, it's really easy. Simply wrap the yarn around one side of the 'arms' (pic 1). When you're done, move any yarn caught on the underside of the arm (there is a bit on the right side, for illustration) and and then repeat the process for the other side, (pic 2).
When that's done, take your scissors and cut around the sides carefully, (pic 3) then tie a long piece of yarn around the groove in the middle of the pompom maker. Be sure to pull it tight before knotting, and then tie around again in the other direction and secure with a double knot. Slowly and gently release the 'arms' on each side (pic 4), and then pull the top and bottom apart - this is the sharp bit - to remove the pompom. Trim to neaten, as required (you can see I forgot to do this before taking the photo below!)
Step 2: Trim the tails to tuck between pages OR use them to tie the pom pom to a paperclip
There you have it! I'll be back with another simple pompom project tomorrow so get your scrap yarn at the ready.