Remember when pom-poms adorned fat white roller skates and the tops of winter hats in the 80’s? Then, like neon and skinny jeans, they came back. Just like all come-backs, the modern twists makes us all a little nostalgic and eager to try them out again. I’ve never made pom-poms before, but I figured how hard could it be…and headed to Michael’s for yarn.
Because I was making the poms for a backdrop, I decided I wanted them on the smaller side so their texture would photograph well. If I made them too tight and puffy, they would read as balls, instead of the rough texture of yarn. First, I wrapped yarn around two finger widths about 20 times. After cutting off the yarn, I slipped it off my fingers and tied it tightly in the middle. I cut the loopy ends, then fluffed it up with my fingers. Remember to leave the ends a little longer on the middle tie, so you can use them to tie the pom-pom to whatever you’re using it for.
My pom-poms were used for a photo backdrop. I made A LOT of them. Don’t be intimidated. It took about an hour to make the pom-poms I tied to the backdrop.
I wanted a graphic look, so I strung the yarn back and forth haphazardly across the canvas. At first I strung wire across all four sides, but it wasn’t taut enough to hold the yarn in place. Eventually, I settled on stapling the yarn to each side. Which means the sides are ugly, but if you were using this for a headboard or a birthday party backdrop, you could simply hot glue ribbon around the edge to cover all the staples.
I completed this project on a Saturday afternoon. My kids are no strangers to piles of fabric, yarn and hot glue around the house. What I love is that they get inspired to make their own projects when they see me creating. Jillian started collecting my yarn scraps and when I was cleaning up, I found this on the table.