If you are anything like me, you have a ridiculous amount of random craft supplies piled up waiting for that "perfect" project. I recently realized how many bins of colored yarns, ribbons, and cotton thread I have amassed, and thought it was time to start looking for something to do with them. I had gone through a short phase of crocheting accessories, but as it turns out, there is very little use for anything wool in Florida no matter how cute it looks on you (hence all the unused yarn).
Then I discovered the magic of pom poms. Simple little things that can adorn and brighten up almost anything. The obsession began when I ordered these pom pom makers. It shouldnt be so easy to make these fuzzy little balls, but the people at Clover have done it. (if you dont want to buy a gadget to make them, there is a super simple way to make them with a fork found HERE).
I can make a tight symmetrical pom pom in about 45 seconds with one of these guys and it is so much fun to mix the colors and textures by adding all sorts of interesting wrap-able materials.
...Like handspun art yarn
I even made a few using strips of ripped fabric...
Here are some fun textured ones with lots of different materials used.
So much fun, I dont want to stop and now I need unique ideas for what I can make with them (garlands, while super precious and I will probably make several as house warming gifts for friends, are old news, I'm looking for something truly unusual. Perhaps an entire structural art piece using them...hmm, I'll have to get back to you on that one.)
I did try making a little necklace out of a cotton thread pom pom. I thought it turned out quite cute.
So here's to pom poms. Try it yourself, if you dare. You may just find yourself swimming in them before you know it.