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Ever feel stuck with left over yarn from your latest corchet or knitting project? Pom Poms are a super cute and easy way to get rid of excess yarn without having to buy more for another project or even worse, throwing it out in the trash.
You can make one of these puppies in a single afternoon if you’re so inclined (also it would depend on the size you’re undertaking, bigger rugs will take longer!). The end result is always a lovely, plush rug. The softer the yarn, the softer the rug, however you’ll also have a more fragile piece with softer yarn, so that is just something to keep in mind. To get started you will need:
- A Rug Mat. I like to use a non-slip kind. You can find them most places, I personally like the LINENSPA Non-Slip Area Rug Pad* that I’ve gotten through Amazon in the past, but you can use any rug mat that you can attach your pom poms to.
- A selection of yarn. How much you will need will depend upon what size of rug you want. Crafter’s choice on colours too! If you’re stuck, check out my article on Colour Selection for some inspiration.
- Pom-Pom maker (I use ones similar to this package * from Amazon) or you can craft your own using scrap cardboard (Craft Train has a helpful article here).
What I do is I just create different pom poms and attach them to the rug mat until your mat is completely covered in pom poms, I use the tails of the pom pom to thread into the mat, tying a knot at the bottom. When you’re done, just trim off the ends and set that mat down where you want it. You can either do all your pom poms at the same size or mix it up with assorted sizes for a little bit of whimsy.
You can make a whole menagerie. I’ve even seen lovely ideas like creating pom poms from Angry Birds to muppets.
3. Key chain
Key chains are super simple to make. I like to jazz it up a little with a few different pom poms tied together and around a key ring. I prefer to go small, but there’s no reason you can’t make a big pom pom and loop it into a keychain!
4. Fashion Accessory
Have a piece that just is missing a neat little pom pom? Beyond sticking one of these onto a hat (like a toque!), you can attach them to the ends of shoe laces, replace a drawstring cord with a pom pom ended one on your favorite sweater and even pom pom earrings!
A super simple way to create a bookmark (particularly if you have my luck and you keep misplacing them). To create, I like to make one pom pom with two long tails. When tying off the pom pom in the maker, I’ll just be sure to create two long tails with the thread. Once you’ve secured your pom pom, you can twist the two tails around until they are taut, tie them off and create a nice little spiral to tuck into your book. Otherwise, you can just leave a single string, the book hides anything plain looking.
For those who are curious, the book is “True Evil” by Greg Iles and though I haven’t quite finished it as of the writing of this article, it’s super interesting if you like suspenseful murder mysteries!
6. Home Decor
Pom poms are a really easy and quick way to jazz up some of your home decor. Google is your friend for inspiration. I’ve seen everything from simple little curtain tie backs all the way up to redoing a stool. Basically my advice here is if you have something in your house that is so plain that you hate its very presence, maybe accenting it with a good quality yarn pom pom might change your perspective. If not, still to the craft and then sell it or gift it.
Also don’t forget that pom poms can be adapted seasonally. For a switch, do a garland or wreath with some pom poms instead of the usual ribbons and glitter, for any holiday that you like to decorate for. Yarn comes in all colours and weights for a reason!
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