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Make a big statement with a fluffy pom-pom! Make it one color for a classy look, or combine two colors for something bolder! Once the gift is unwrapped, the pom-pom can also be used as a luggage tag.
For this project, you will need yarn (for the gift on the left, we use Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in the color Fisherman, coupled with Vanna’s Glamour® in the color Diamond; and for the gift on the right we use Alpine Wool in the colors Chili and Olive), along with a pom-pom maker. For the tutorial below we used Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Starlight.
To make your pom-pom follow the directions on the pom-pom maker package or see below on how to make one using cardboard.
Take a rectangular piece of cardboard about 2″ X 4″ and use scissors to cut two, half-inch slits. Cut a piece of yarn to a desired length — I cut mine about a foot to wrap around my present — and secure the ends in the slits.
Wrap the yarn around the cardboard until you have reached your desired thickness, between 50 and 100 “wraps” gives you a nice fluffy pompom. Because we are using Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® it took only 50.
Remove the yarn strand from the notches and tie a knot away from the cardboard.
Fold the cardboard in half using the slits as a guide and gently slide the cardboard out of the yarn loops.
Tie another knot all the way around the opposite side of the first knot to create a disc-like shape. Then take your scissors, place one end in the middle of the yarn loops and start cutting until you reach the other side. Do the same with other half of the “disc”.
You’ll eventually end up with a rough pom shape. Fluff and trim your yarn in any uneven spots to make it look more pompom-y.
Here are some more great ideas to help you with gift giving this holiday season: