How to make a pom pom with yarn
Pom Pom apples for an Autumn nature table display
I really love the simplicity of a few wrapped branches in baby glass bottles and a tribe of pom pom apples. Such an easy craft but super cute.
(These natural timber mushrooms are pretty handsome also!)
Remember pompoms from childhood. Have you made one since, or forgotten how? They are pretty simple, but oh so snuggly.
A few years back, we were gifted a whole basket of colourful pompoms of all sizes, and the play they inspired……oh my! They became boulders and fences, were used as dolls wrapped up in simple cloths, bowling balls for ten pin bowling games, and for pattern making.And of course, they were used as throwing balls too! So, there needed to be pretty strong guidelines as to how they could be used inside
I’ve always been a big fan of pom poms and looking for new ways to use them. I like these little pom pom apples. They look good enough to eat.
How to make a pom pom using yarn for an apple decoration or prop
1. All you need to do is draw a circle on card like this. Cut two pieces to match. Roll yourself a small ball of wool, take one end and tie the two cards together with a knot. Then, begin wrapping the wool through the hole and around the card like this.
2. When you reach the end of your wool, leave about 3 cm loose. Roll yourself a new ball of wool. (You might want to roll a few small balls at the beginning so you don’t have to keep stopping and starting.) To continue on, simply overlap the end of the new ball of wool onto the old one. (No need to tie two ends together).
3. Continue with little balls until the centre is full of wool.
4. Take a pair of sharp scissors and cut through the wool layers to find the cardboard inside.
5. Snip between the two card pieces all the way around the circle.
6. Thread a contrasting piece of wool or cotton thread through the centre of the card.
7. Pull it firmly to make your pompom into a lovely ball shape, then tie it off with a strong double knot.
8. Knot the two ends together to form a hanging loop. Trim and shape your wool pom pom into a roundish shape, or leave it a bit shaggy. It’s up to you.
9. Cut two or three leaves from felt, and sew on with an embroidery thread to complete the apple shape.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor at bay.
What do you use pom poms for?