My girls have become a bit besotted with pompoms.
Suddenly they adorn our school bags, our key chains & our door handles.
In bed, in the car, in front of TV, we're busy making pompoms.
I guess they are quite compulsive, especially in these gorgeous fluoro pops of colour.
And they truly are so easy to make.
My grandmother first taught me how to make pompoms when I was about Eva's age, and Eva, being the queen of tutorials, thought that maybe it would be a good idea to make a tutorial for the blog.
Naturally, she wanted to take charge, model & direct.
So, without further ado...
1. All you need is some cardboard & some wool. From your cardboard, cut two identical donut-shaped circles. Nothing fancy, we used a cereal box for the card, and a cannister lid & an eggcup to draw our circles. Eva's circles are approximately 9cm in diameter.
2. Cut a length of wool that is manageable & tie it around both circles.
3. Wrap the wool around & around the circles, keeping it neat, reasonably close together & the tension about the same.
4. When you come to the end of your length of wool, simply knot another piece on to the end & keep going around. For a multi-coloured pompom, this is how you add in your other colours.
5. Keep wrapping your wool, overlapping your previous layers. The more layers, the thicker & denser the pompom.
Note that Eva's rings are especially colour co-ordinated for the purposes of this tutorial!!
6. Eva wrapped around 3 layers of wool in total around her circles.
7. Now the tricky part. You need a small sharp pair of scissors. With your hand in the middle of the donut, holding the wool tight, carefully part the wool at the outer edge so that you can gently wiggle your scissors in between the cardboard layers & snip the wool strands right on the edge.
8. Gradually snip all the way around, holding the wool tight with your other hand. Don't let go now!
9. Take another long piece of wool to use to tie your pompom. Once you've snipped, or for a big pompom, while you're snipping, gently slip this between the two cardboard layers, and tie it tightly around the middle. Little ones will need a bit of help with this step.
10. With the middle tightly tied & secured, gently wiggle off your cardboard circles & fluff up your pompom into a ball.
And you're done.
As easy as pie.
We're understandably, quite pleased with ourselves!
Thanks Eva, for all your help. Yes, maybe next time we'll think about the video.
Yes, everyone will love your tutorial, and they'll be busy making pompoms in next to no time.
The photos look good. Well, yes, it might have been nice to paint your nails, but they would have got a bit fluffy, & it is a school day tomorrow, so you'd have to take it off again. Your hair looks lovely. The straightener & the rolly brush thing have worked their magic. No, no-one really sees your hair. Yes, I'm putting the tutorial up on the blog tonight.
Of course I'll let you know what they think!
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