Kids’ Crafts: Pom Poms

Whether you make them yourself or buy them in bulk Pom Poms make one of the most versatile, fun and inexpensive materials for kids’ crafting. Pom Pom Pets and/or monsters are one of our go-to rainy day activities. Here are some more ideas for crafting with pom poms, store bought or hand made with yarn (surprisingly pretty easy to do, even with the kiddos).

Pom Pom pencil pets dress up your pencils and make math homework infinitely more fun.

Pom Pom Pencil Pets

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Pom Poms

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Making your own pom poms can be seriously addicting. Once you make one, you don’t want to stop! Luckily, there are tons of great pom pom crafts to put your homemade pom poms, or tiny store bought ones to good use.

DIY a pom pom bunny

Pom Pom Bunny

Spring is right around the corner, and I’m sure anyone would want a bunch of little yarn bunnies decorating their house for the season. Create one for a child or yourself!

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Candy Corn Pom Poms

Candy Corn Pom Pom

Decorate for Fall and Halloween with these fun and addictive candy corn pom poms! You won’t have to worry about a sugar rush with these candy corns, but they’re just as sweet as the real thing. You won’t want to stop making these easy decorations, so string them up to make a garland, fill a few bowls with them, or attach them to a wreath frame for a fun door decoration!

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Kids Crafts: Pom Poms

By Crafts-a lot Contributor, Mable who is an avid reader of craft blogs & magazines and is always looking to improve her crafting skills. Join Mable on Facebook to socialize and share with other crafters!

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Crafting with Pom Poms at ThinkCrafts.com

Technicolor Caterpillar – Think Crafts

Pom poms are a staple for most kid’s crafts. They are fluffy and light and can be used in countless different ways as embellishments and so much more. The soft feel of a pom pom is great for sensory play and children love using them to develop motor skills by picking them up with tweezers or using them to learn colors. They have been used for gluing to many paper crafts, and come in many different shapes and sizes for any number of games and crafts you can think of.

Here are some creative projects and inspiration using pom poms:

Paint with Pom Poms - Fantastic Fun and Learning

Paint with Pom PomsFantastic Fun and Learning

Clip pom poms of various sizes to clothespins and use them as paintbrushes with a quick cleanup. They are similar to sponge brushes and can be dabbed or spread to create different effects. The paint won’t splatter nearly as much as with a brush, and when you’re done, the pom pom can be thrown away instead of washing a brush.

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Raking in the Pom Poms

By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.

Aren’t pom poms fun? I like the old-fashioned kind myself, the kind where you can actually see the strands of yarn that were used. There’s freedom in making your own, too, because you can use up yarn scraps, and also get any color you want.

They’re kind of a pain to make, though, if you need a lot of them, right? That’s what I thought, but if you have a rake, you can make a whole bunch at a time!

Here’s how, and what you’ll need:

• A rake–this broken decorative one I found at Mama’s worked well

Yarn

Scissors

A note on the rake: I think you could use one of those heavy metal garden rakes, too; just make sure the tines are smooth and clean. Also, if you have woodworking skills and tools, it would be a simple thing to drill holes in a board and drop in dowels, and have a “real” tool.

The first thing you’ll do is cut pieces of yarn about 12″ (30.5 cm) long, one for each pom pom you’ll be making. Lay one between each peg on your rake. (For larger pom poms, skip a peg, or even two.)

Now take the yarn you’re using for the pom poms and wind it around all the pegs at once. (I didn’t use all the pegs on the rake, so I tied off the end of the yarn on an “extra” peg, to make winding easier.) The more yarn you wind, the denser your pom poms will be, and you’ll need more for larger pom poms. Experiment a bit to see how dense you’ll want yours. The first batch I made came out a little too “airy” for me; this batch seem a little dense than necessary, so I’m aiming for the midpoint next time. If you do end up with pom poms that are just too loose and airy, don’t despair! Just tie two of them tightly together, which is what I did with the large pink one in the first photo.

Also, wind fairly loosely, as your next step will be to tie the knots between pegs, which will tighten the yarn considerably.

When you’ve wound as much as you want, pick up each of the yarn pieces between the pegs, and tie a tight knot at the center point between each pair of pegs. (If you’ve skipped pegs, put the string piece right against a peg before tieing.)

Now cut between each knot, right at the center point. I’ve shown the cut with the yarn still on the rake, but after that cut tried lifting the yarn off the pegs. It worked just as well, and was easier.

Now, if you’re like me, you’ll find that the knots for each pom pom weren’t as tight as they really need to be. That’s why I had you cut your yarn ties so long. Now, if you need, you can tie a tighter knot–just wrap the free ends to the opposite side and tie again. If you aren’t going to put the pom poms on clothing or use as a toy, you could actually use a length of wire, and twist the ends until you got a really, really tight center.

Your first and last pom poms will be lopsided. Just trim the ends to round them off. You’ll probably need to do just a little trimming on the others, too.

As an alternative, you can turn your end pompoms into flowers, by keeping the long side long, and just tidying it up to form a nice circle:

Now, then. Are you wondering what to do with masses and miriads of easily-made pompoms? Watch this space for more!