11.19.12

MAKE IT / 24

ready to make some pom poms? i promise, it’s very easy and the perfect way to switch up your holiday decor this year. let’s get started…

what you’ll need:

• clover pom pom maker size large (available in most craft stores and on amazon here)
• yarn in beautiful colors
• scissors

the steps:

• open one side of pom maker
•  wrap the two pieces (the colored arms for lack of a technical term) together with yarn. wrap enough yarn around so that when you close it the side fits in snuggly. We like our poms nice and pouffy so we use lots of yarn.
• repeat on other side and close the arms of the pom pom maker.

• following the groove in the middle, cut yarn all the way around. If you have used lots of yarn you may find it easier to cut in layers.
• when you’ve cut all the way around slide a piece of 18- 24 inch yarn inside the center groove, pull very tight and double knot.
• grab the white part of the pom maker on either side and pull apart gently to reveal the finished pom pom. it feels like you might break it…but you won’t.

• it’s haircut time. trim to shape into a perfect, plush, round pom pom. make a loop with you long strings to hang if you desire.

***we found that we like the colors on our poms to be random, to achieve this we just wrapped our yarn switching colors often. once you make one or two you will start to see how you can place colors in certain spots on the maker to get different effects. 

two weeks ago we had a little party at anthropologie and demonstrated how to make these fun pom ornaments to 55 crafty gals. i could not have done this without my amazing DIY contributor, natalie! this was a wonderful event and i can’t wait to do another one with anthropologie

we shopped around for tons and tons of yarn so that the girls had a lot of color options for their poms. then we tied them in these little bows…

and here we go…

i thought it would be cool to make these branded pom pom packs for everyone to get when they arrived. i made a rubber stamp with the design the week before and we stamped all of these glassine bags and sealed them with gold washi tape. i loved how they came out!

these girls were pom pom making machines. some of them made SO many for their tree. i was really impressed with everyone’s color choices too. a sophisticated bunch.

have you heard of the donut snob? um…i am not even a sweets girl but these were so delicious! i indulged in the salted carmel and the bacon donut. i will have to keep these folks in mind for future events for sure.

i love how kim captured these ladies having so much fun.

thanks so much to all of you that came & thanks anthropologie!

project by: natalie shriver for designlovefest
photos by: kimberly genevieve
more DIY projects here

34 COMMENTS

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    Absolutely love this post and wish I could have come to this event at anthro! I’ve tried to make pom poms before using a fork but it didn’t really work very well. If I was to try it again I’d buy the pom pom maker. Such a cute christmas decoration!
    xoxo
    Megan

    Cute Christmas decoration – think this may be on my list of things to make over the weekend! Congrats on an exciting event, Bri!!

    Kate says:

    You are just the most adorable, pretty thing ever :)

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

    Eliza says:

    wow! you all look like you had a grand ole time!

    too bad i hail from the east coast. ever consider coming out here?

    xoxo

    madeleine says:

    oooooo Thank you for the tutorial! I have been thinking about making baby pom poms and stringing them to make garland! That looked like a great craft night!

    Kristen says:

    So fun! These would look so cute on my tree, or tied together to create a garland!

    Bettina says:

    Wow. I had no idea there was such a thing as a pom pom maker!

    Maxie says:

    Every day with Bri looks like a party!

    michelle says:

    totally making these over the break!

    cute craft! we decorate ornaments at our office every year :) handmade are the best!

    Lisa says:

    Too cute! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’d really appreciate if you could elaborate on how you made that rubber stamp for the pom pom stamp! Thanks so much.

    Caitlin says:

    hi bri, thanks so much for posting this cute diy! i have all the supplies but i’m not sure how to switch from color to color. should i just tie the different colors together as i go? Thanks!

    nicole b. says:

    Your dress truly stands out in a room full of chambray. :) LOVE your style. xo.

    Kallie B says:

    I bought four of those Clover pompom makers today and had such a great time listening to Christmas music and making some poms with my daughter (http://instagram.com/p/STucnHR561/). I’ve been wanting to make these, and your post was the kick in the butt I needed. Also, those scissors are fantastic! Mind saying who makes them? Thanks, Bri!

    Amanda says:

    I just posted another tutorial with using your hands, but this looks much easier!

    http://www.thepetrichor.com/2012/11/27/diy-yarn-poms/

    ニッキー says:

    Such a cute & crafty idea! It is nice to change things up during the holidays sometime instead of always going with traditional tree décor.

    Katie says:

    So I totally made these like three years ago and have put them on my tree ever since then. I am ahead of the times! I do love my pom-poms. Very cute.

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    Liz S. says:

    Wonderful idea! My friend & I had a great time making pom poms today! Thank you for sharing!!!!

    WOWSERS !!!!! I am new to your blog and it is LOVE at first sight ! I just started a Christmas DIY idea contest this week on my blog and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it if you would enter these Pom poms in the Christmas list. Gorgeousness ! Merry HoHo to you ! Xx
    Lynne
    Here is the blog post : http://www.lynneknowlton.com/do-you-have-d-best-christmas-ideas-submit-to-win/

    Thanks so much for using our pom-pom maker. We adore the projects you created at the party!

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