Hello All! Happy Sunny First Day of Spring Monday to you! Today I am fighting a raging headache thanks to the smoke alarm in our apartment that decided to start screaming at 2:00 AM. I never thought about who takes care of the smoke alarm (tenant vs. building) until 2:00 AM last night. Let’s just say, I’m glad I keep earplugs in my nightstand.
This week’s Mini Monday post is brought to you by my new pompom maker! I had recently been in the market for a pompom maker, due to an exciting upcoming project. Also, I was tired of my crummy DIY attempts to make a pompom maker. The cardboard pompom makers are good in a pinch, but there is an easier way. I used this Clover Large Pom Pom Maker, but there are lots out there to choose from.
If you haven’t used a pompom maker before, they can look a little confusing at first. They aren’t exactly intuitive. At least, they weren’t for me…So today, I am going to share with you how to use a pompom maker.
Grab your pompom maker and whatever yarn your are wanting to use. Make sure that the front and back halves are connected firmly and open the arms on one side. Beginning close to the hing, start wrapping you yarn firmly around the arms. Continue to wrap until the arms are full. You can do several layers, but try to stay neat and consistent so you have less trimming to do later.
Repeat step 1 on side 2. The pompom maker should look full and feel snug when the arms are closed. If you can close the arms, you’ve wrapped too much.
Beginning at the side of the pompom maker (where you first started wrapping the yarn), cut the yarn between the front and the back halves. Use a sharp pair of scissors or you’ll go bonkers. There’s a lot of layers to cut through here. In the end, the pompom maker will have a little lion’s mane.
Take a length of yarn (or twine, or dental floss if you really need a tight pompom) about and tie it between the two halves where you just cut. Pull tightly and tie once, then flip the pompom maker over and tie again. Be sure to pull really tight here (It helps to have a friend.) or you may end up with a bundle of sad loose strings.
At this point, open up those arms that had been wrapped in yarn. Start working the front and back halves of the pompom maker apart until it comes apart in two pieces. Pull the pompom out
Fluff and trim your pompom until it looks the way you want! Affix it to whatever you want!
I used this pompom on a gift bag, but don’t worry, you’ll see one on a hat soon! What do you like to do with your pompoms?