While Spring has officially started, I’m not sure where it’s hiding. We went from mid 60’s to possible snow again this week. The flowers have just started to peek through the ground, but I guess for a little while I’m going to have to be happy with substitutes like these cute pom pom yarn flowers I made recently.
I didn’t know I needed pom pom flowers in my life (or gracing our kitchen table) until a few weeks ago when a post came across my Facebook feed with a video of the Clover Pom Pom Maker. After a few frustrating rounds of trying to make pom pom dogs with one of my nieces last year using a method with a fork, this seemed like something I needed in my craft stash!
There aren’t any instructions in English on the package, so you can follow my step-by-step tutorial below or feel free to watch the video I watched.
I made my pom pom flowers a variety of sizes. I started with the large one to try to get the hang of it and figure out how much yarn I would need. Start by opening up both sides of the pom pom maker. From the inside edge, leave about six inches of yarn and start wrapping around the semi-circle.
Keep wrapping until it’s pretty thick. To me it looks like a big fat caterpillar.
Close that side leaving about 6 inches of yarn, and repeat on the other side until both sides are fairly even.
Take your scissors (it’s easier if they are fairly sharp) and place it in the middle ridge in the pom pom maker under your yarn, and start cutting.
Repeat on the other side.
Take a six inch piece of yarn and slide it into the middle ridge of the pom pom maker. Wrap it around all the way to get ready to tie a knot. You’ll hear a little click. Tie yarn into a double knot.
You can open up the pom pom maker and release your pom pom. Then trim some of the longer pieces or any that stick out farther than you’d like. Leave the ends long of the piece you used to tie the knot if you’re going to make flowers out of your pom poms.
When you’re ready to create your flower, take a piece of floral wire and fold it in half. You can make your stems any length you want. I take my desired stem length times two and add two inches. You can always trim it later.
Thread one end of your wire through your pom pom, making sure your wire goes through the middle where it’s tied together. Your long ends should be at the bottom of your pom pom near the wire.
Start twisting your wires around each other, keeping them fairly tight.
If it hurts your fingers or you want a tighter twist, you can use pliers.
Take your long yarn ends and tie them in a double knot around your wire to make your pom pom more sturdy on the wire and not “floppy”. Tie it tight so the knot is hidden in the middle of your pom pom.
Trim the longer pieces of yarn, and then you’re done! Repeat steps to fill up your flower bouquet. I made one large, two medium and one small for this little bud vase.
You can make them any color, vary the thickness and even experiment with other materials. I’m going to try t-shirt “yarn” next. I’m thinking of adding in some of my button flowers for a little more texture in the bouquet. Hopefully we’ll be able to replace with some real flowers soon though!