We’ve been having fun with yarn around here. Fluffy pom-pom kind of fun! When our friends at MightyNest gave us a sewing & knitting kit to try out, I figured it was about time to teach Liam how to make this fun craft activity that I remember making as a kid.
Yarn pom-poms are very simple to make. An older child can make them by themselves. A younger child may need some help but they still get the satisfaction of doing a lot themselves.
What you need:
Yarn (any kind, any color)
Cardboard (we used an old shipping box)
How to make a pom-pom:
Start out by cutting out 2 circles of cardboard – with a notch in each for getting the yarn through.
Begin winding the yarn around the circle. Wrap over the loose end of the yarn to keep it in place. Keep wrapping until the whole circle is full. The more yarn you use, the fluffier the pom-pom. Use more than one color yarn if you would like. Better yet, wrap 3 colors at once for really fast pom-pom making!
Once the circle is fully wrapped, trim the end of the yarn. Using a scissors, carefully cut between the 2 cardboard circles. Be sure to hold on to the yarn as you cut to keep it from falling off the circle.
Next, pull a new piece of yarn through the 2 cardboard circles and tie it in a tight knot. I typically tie it a few times to make sure it is secure.
Now you can pull off the cardboard circles. Trim the pom-pom as desired. You can leave a long string on it if you are planning to attach the pom-pom to something.
Liam came up with a whole bunch of uses for pom-poms:
- play catch with it
- put it on your ice skates
- use it as a Christmas tree ornament
- attach it to a headband
- use it as a cat toy
- put it on top of a gift
Have you ever made pom-poms? What is your favorite thing to do with them?