Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Art of the Two Minute Pom Pom*



Just in case there is anyone else out there itching to bedeck their garden/street/entire neighbourhood in pom pombing...

Just in case there is someone else out there, (like ME), who never ever immediately ‘gets’ the easiest way of doing things...

Just in case you haven’t happened upon or thunk up an even easier method for bulk pom pom production (please do share if you have)...

Then this Two Minute Pom Pom how-to is for you.

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1. Use either these plastic pom pom maker gizmos, widely available in craft supply shops (or just make your own cardboard versions), a darning type needle and yarn.



2. For my smallish pom poms, I measured four, generous, arm spans of yarn and threaded ’em through the big needle.



Double the yarn over (so you’ll be working with eight strands).

3. Use the needle to easily wind your yarn through and around your plastic gizmos/cardboard circles...



...until they just. can’t. take. any. more...



4. Trim ends.



5. Hold onto those ends as you carefully snip between your plastic gizmos/cardboard circles.



6. Manoeuvre a piece of yarn between the plastic gizmos/cardboard circles and secure your pom pom with a knot or two. Remove the plastic gizmos/cardboard circles. Tszuj your pom pom.



7. If you’re up to pom pombing mischief, you can use this same tie to hang your pom pom from an unsuspecting tree branch.



And before you know it...



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* DISCLAIMER
I am no pom pom expert. I am no serious maker of pom poms. In my opinion, pom poms are too cheerful to come over all serious about (especially when they are hanging around on tree branches, jiggling in the breeze). Apparently, there are seriously snazzy pom pom maker gizmos out there, somewhere, (so I’m told). This tutorial is not researched (although I did test it forty one times). It may not stand up in a court of law.

49 comments:

mel @ loved said...

I've got to get me one of those pompom makers, I've been using my hands & the middle guys index finger!!

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

Kudos for finding out how to spell tszuj!

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Tania..well, I got me one of those pompom gizmos..but it took me an age to put 6 armlengths of wool on each one..I had to untangle enormous knotty pieces near the end of each winding session..hehe! NOW, I may get some more done..after I find the biggest needle I own. Hopefully, the installation will be done before the pecan gets some leaves!!

Heleen Groot said...

I love it! It is almost a shame that we are in the middel of summer here. Well, summer..... it is 13 C here and it is raining. Feels more like autumn. Just those leaves on the trees show the real season. Come winter I am going to bomb some trees here!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

look for the clover one - it's in two pieces so no threading through.

cos there is a tree somewhere that needs your tender pompombing care!

Leaftemi - that's my word thingo.

I'd rather leafteyou though ;-)

Kre8ive Life said...

Thank you for sharing your pompom making tips. I am so up for the pompom challenge. I just have to find the right place for my pompoms. I am totally on the look out. Will let you know when I find somewhere!!!!

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh pom pombing, i love it!! You missed one important ingredient in the pom pom creation - enlisting enthuastic children, honestly, why have so many children if you can't use them for cheap labour?? Keep up the fun, non serious & whacky ideas of what to do with pom poms en masse & they keep on thread through those lengths of yarn. Yay for school holidays craft, better yet, something they can do in the car on long trips!! Love Posie

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

everything I wanted to know but was afraid to ask.

Jennie said...

I so love your pom pom tree!
Thank you for the instructions!x

teddybearswednesday said...

Everything that Cath said.
thank you, I now have the key to happiness xo

Squiggly Rainbow said...

You crack me up! I really do think we would be friends in 'real' life.... doilies on trees and rock and now pom pom's in a tree! Love it.... is this your tree?

Love Rach xx I'm pinning this on my pinterest board!

Jackie @ craftonmymind said...

I would never have thought of doing 8 threads at once. Makes sense now you say it though! Told the Schoolboy about your tree and he was wide-eyed with excitement - maybe we'll use the same concept to get some of our trees into the Christmas spirit when the time comes...

Alice Becomes said...

Hey! This is awesome! I need a quicker way to pom pom to go on my finger knitted scarf! Fantastic.

Thanks for checking out Alice Becomes!

I am now a follower of Myrtle and Eunice.

Nic xo

Cathy {tinniegirl} said...

You are so frickin awesome lady. I am totes going to Pom Pomb something this winter.

Kylie said...

I don't remember them being so easy to make! Actually, I'd totally forgotten how to make them (shame on me!) but this is a most fabulous tute. Thanks Tania :) Kx

Christine said...

You are a GENIUS my friend! I've made pompoms in the past but always used ONE STRAND of yarn, hence I never made it past one pom at a time without wanting to jab someone in the eye. YAY! I'm gonna pom my tree, porch and children now.

CurlyPops said...

Hey that's a completely different pom pombed doovelacki gizmo than the one that I have. I must search the abode tomorrow and find it.... there are pom poms to be made damn it!

Duyvken said...

Lovely! And SUPER-tempted.

Needled Mom said...

How cute and EASY!!!

georgi hampton said...

'tsuzj' your pom pom. love it! i remember my best friends mum 'tsuzj'-ing her hair when it was short from growing back after chemotherapy .. thank you for stopping by my blog, and your comment - i have never tried frozen-hot water bottles (oh i wish it were warm enough now for that) but definitely something to keep in mind for summer. hope you don't mind a new follower! x

IamSusie said...

The Clover brand pom pom makers are the best. Once you try one of those, you will toss this one in the trash. With the other type, you don't need to thread a needle, you can just wind the yarn right off the skein. Even Lion Brand, which sells this gizmo, sells the Clover pom pom makers on their website. (or they did a couple of years ago when I wrote a review.)

craftygran4ever said...

I have been teaching my grandchildren to make pom poms in the school holidays. We have been using the Clover pom pom makers and they are so much easier than the old cut cardboard we used to use. They come in several sizes. By the end of the holidays we had heaps of pom poms of different sizes and colours. We were making multi coloured pom poms by using a few different colors at time which also make them quicker to make. They were great fun to do. :-)

craftschmaft.com said...

Absolutely adoring the pom pom bombing. Genius. I bought some rubbish pom pom gizmo from spotlight last year in an attempt to master the quicky pom pom. Disaster. Loving your technique with the needle, very clever indeed Mrs!

Yarn Wrap said...

oh you got me hooked. pom poms in my mulberry tree and my front garden. many thanks Jude

Lizeylou said...

I love this ... how fun!!

Nikki said...

I'll loan you one of my super-fancy Clover gizmo's for your next pombing escapade.

(Your tree must be a little island of cheerful against the grey old day outside today...?)

Sarah said...

I told boss man I wanted to do this to the arch in the garden... his yes rolled as well! Eye rolling an all I think I may sneak a few (evil gron)

Jo said...

Gotta love a pom pom... or 41. I'm lazy and do the finger version. Yours looks very posh compared to my slack-arse version. And your tree looks divine - I would be most chuffed to be your neighbour ;-)

emma @ frog, goose and bear said...

They also turn into little felt balls if they accidentally go through the washing machine! I like the idea of a few strands at a time - much quicker!

ingrid said...

clever you!
you have me up for a pom pom making frenzy!

Fer (checking in when I can) said...

Looks pretty damn good to me!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Fabulous ! And why stop at trees ?
Everyone's socks need pompoms too ( no , not on the toes . At the ankle/knee , of course . ) .
I needed something to do on the train ....

Magic Bean said...

I don't like you. I don't want to be making pompoms in my last free time before the summer hols start. But now you have proved they can be made in two mins. I know I won't be able to stop myself... Ax

Greer said...

So fun and beautiful too! My bestie and I used to make and sell pompoms to our school friends back in about fourth grade (size and colour to order). Think how much we could have made if we'd had a two-minute method!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

They are some seriously small and possibly very addictive pom poms (which also happens to be a pet nick name of mine LMAO) something I could do with all the left over wool from crochet!! YAY

X Steph

Monica said...

That would look so cute for easter, like little eggs in the trees! It would make the trees that aren't pines look really cheery through the winter too :)

I've never tried a pom pom maker (actually I didn't even know they existed lol). I just wrap the yarn around my middle and pointer fingers, tie in between and then snip open.

Bonnie said...

This post takes me back to my childhood. We used to make pom pom animals like crazy. {that's because we didn't have video games} We used the hand cut cardboard donut shaped circles for our pom pom maker.

Jorth! said...

Hey, that's clever!

Fiona said...

I'm a big fan of your pombing, too - lovely work! I always make poms this way (no equipment other than hands): http://belladia.typepad.com/bella_dia/2006/03/post_1-1.html Next time, I'll be trying it with more than one strand, though - genius!

Sandrine said...

Cool & clever, thanks for sharing!!xx

Hayley Egan said...

yes! gonna make me some of them!

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

Lovin' your two minute pom pom Mrs however, if I were to set the small girl up with but a single thresded needle she would be occupied for quite sometime..Yes??? Hmm. Love you rtree too. Cheers. P

Alisa said...

These are such great girl guide craft! Albeit made with the help of two ex-cereal packet cardboard circles. No matter, the outcome is always the same… awww pretty!! : )

greenolive said...

The multi=strand technique is genius, as it the needle. And the tree looks fabulous!

heather said...

you make the world a better place!!! i thought i said that before! but i could not find the comment. thinking of you betterer woman.

heather said...

oh. it's a different post. ahem..... yeah.

i love you.

Umatji said...

hah! such a great idea. I must say my fav bit though is almost nearly not the pom poms (oh but they win by a nose) it is almost (but not quite) the link to that oh so useful word that I believe I have mispelt before as jooj. Oh and I am an english teacher!
xx

Anonymous said...

Hey Tarn,
I just love your Pom Pombing! What a beautiful way to decorate a Wintery bare tree! I must say I am inspired to create my own pom poms as our trees are looking quite bare and our 'Gardeners'*cough *cough* (our Landlord's relatives) have hacked our beautiful backyard with their 'seriously overkill' pruning!
Now we have an ugly view of an orange brick fence and bare trees:(
Take care
Love Jen B

Valerie said...

I'm trying to decide what I like most, the pompoms or your (smart) humor in the disclaimer ? tough choice.
and I say : congratulations ! on both !