The Little Things… making pompoms for a spring branches bouquet

The Little Things, making pompoms for a colourful spring branches bouquet
For this The Little Things post, we’ve been making pompoms for an Easter Tree-inspired, spring branches bouquet. The great thing about making pompoms, is that it appeals to different ages, and both boys and girls absolutely love making them.

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Isn’t there a magical attraction to wool? The moment I pull my suitcase with yarn leftovers out, my kids are in for a treat!

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There are two easy ways to make pompoms. For bigger pompoms, we cut out two times two circles of thin cardboard. You can just use a cup and an egg cup for example, to determine the shape. Layer both cardboard circles, cut through them so they have an opening to the centre, and start winding the thread around. The talented Sara from SakaDesign made a super handy (and very cute!) tutorial for us, that you can easily print if you would like to:

pompom tutorial

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We gave Ava and Juul, both 4 years old, a thicker yarn so they saw quick results. Pim and Sara used a thinner thread, and they also liked to use different colours for their pompoms. (Just cut the first colour and start winding with the second one.)

The Little Things, making pompom spring branches Juul’s little brother Mees was too small to make pompoms, but he was super helpful on his messenger bike, delivering the yarn to whoever needed it!

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Once there’s a thick layer of yarn around the cardboard shapes, you can cut through the sides, in between the two layers of cardboard. I took care of this part of the process, as it’s really a bit tricky to do.  It’s a kind of scary at first, but once I discovered that the cardboard keeps the yarn in place it was pretty easy. Then, secure the pompom by knotting a string of yarn around the middle, in between the two cardboards. Get rid of the cardboard. You can leave the ends of the yarn you used to knot the pompom together quite long so you can hang the pompom from the branches later.

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The second method we used, to make cute, tiny pompoms, is even easier. You just use a fork, wind some thread around, then secure it by knotting around the thread through the middle tines of the fork. Cut the edges, and done!

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You can make the pompoms more fluffy by holding them in the steam for a few seconds. (Be careful for the heat!)

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xxx Esther

PS – This is the newest post in a series which is called ‘The Little Things’. Thank you Maud Fontein for taking these beautiful photos, and Sara Musch for the handy download. Postman Mees’ adorable outfit is from La Coqueta, Ava’s dress is from Kallio, and Sara’s dress from Mabo Kids.


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Nina
March 20, 2015

I am so going to do this right now!!!


March 20, 2015

Oh, I’m definitely coming back to this!


Helen
March 20, 2015

This is so cute, Esther! And a great way to use up those little scraps of wool. Thanks for sharing x


March 20, 2015

Easter crafty heaven and no chocolate involved! And stylish too I’m definitely going to do this. Gorgeous pics too x


March 22, 2015

Do you know? It’s been years and years since I made pompoms and as soon as I saw that little circle of cardboard I had a crafty flashback. I remember them being quite addictive and cathartic.
Might have a go tomorrow while Toddler is at nursery and Baby naps!! They would look so cute on our Easter tree x


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Jen
March 23, 2015

Can’t wait to do this! Thanks! So cute and creative


March 24, 2015

I remember my first pompom at summer camp when I was a kid. The awe of how you roll, cut and splay the yarn and make these little furry friends!! What a beautiful afternoon you documented in your photos. In the shop I have a new pom pom garland which I love for anyone short on time. http://www.littlecitizensboutique.com/products/pom-pom-garland These are made of tulle– still may we all have time to make together!! Thank you for the inspiration.


March 24, 2015

Very cute spring decoration!!! Growing up in Indonesia where there is no Spring season, we never played around with any sort of Spring decoration. This is such a playful and fun decoration to make with kids 🙂

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