As you might know, if your an avid reader of our blog, this weekend me and Richard went back to my hometown for my adorable twin nieces second birthday, now I will blog our weekend antics tomorrow but today I wanted to do a quick DIY tutorial for the pom pom head bands I made them.
Note: I made an adult one which Abby is wearing above which use much bigger pom poms.
What you need:
Wool of many colours
Headband (I Used a thin one with ribbon)
Needle and thread or glue
1. Ok first things first you need some cardboard for your pom pom template. Now depending on the size of the pom pom you wish to make determines how big you cut your template. My templates were just over 9cm in diameter (across) with the hole in the middle being 3 cms. A good thing to do is draw around a cylinder item, then one about a third smaller for the middle like the drawing below. Now you need two of these the same size.
A good tip for when your making lots of pom poms in a row, is to cover the cardboard in celeotape, or gaffa tape. This makes them a little more sturdy so they last more then one pom pom.
2. Now it’s time to pick your wool. I like to go for a variety of colours, and I find its best to cut short strips, about double arm length for wrapping round the template, otherwise threads get caught up and knotty.
3. Now we tie a small knot securing our wool to the cardboard, and just loop the wool around. When you come to the end of your wool, simply tie another pieces onto the end of the wool and keep going. Now the more times you wrap round the templates the thicker your pom pom will be. So it’s really up to you. I like to cover it round once, then do a more half hearted wrap for round 2.
4. Once you are happy with it, tie a knot around the cardboard like you did at the start then get a pair of sharp scissors or a scalpel.
You want to hold the middle of the pom pom tightly, so you don’t loose any wool. I tend to poke my fingers through the hole for a better grip. Now start to cut through the middle. Following it around.
When you can start to see the two pieces of cardboard, its easier to cut correctly in the middle. You want to make sure you get all the strands of wool nicely cut so when you go to tie it there is nothing in the way.
6. Once it’s all cut and your holding it securely, take a piece of wool, (the same colour ideally) and through the gaps of the two pieces of cardboard, secure a knot. I like to tie a knot then re loop it the other way and do the same again. Just for extra security.
7. Ok now it’s all tied up, pull the cardboard from the middle over the ends gently, or you can cut it. It’s up to you and there’s your pom pom. You can trim the ends, you know give it a little hair cut if you want too, if it looks a bit manic.
8. Now to the head band. I went for a ribbon covered thin headband and chose to sew the pom poms on for extra strength. But gluing is also an option too. Arrange your pom poms out so you know you have enough to cover the band, also for colour choices too!
So here I planned it with 4 but by the time I had sewn them all on, I had too much space leftover so used an extra one. So I would recommended having a spare pom pom.
9. I used a couple of strands of embroidery thread (colour matched with the wool) to sew the pom pom to the headband. I also weaved in and out of the ribbon for extra support.
So keep sewing until each one is on then enjoy your new pom pom headband. Its pretty simple and it you get a cool pom pom crown.