I've been a little MIA on the blog mostly because I've been so busy! Thankfully it's good busyness, but I really do hate neglecting my blog. My goal this year was to post more regularly, and I'm already slacking!
So one of the things that's been occupying my time is I'm planning a series of monthly "Craft Ups." Basically I love any excuse to gather friends and people with similar interests, and have always wanted to bring more craft opportunities to the local community. I've been brainstorming ideas and this past weekend I hosted a [private] open house to gather friends and brainstorm ideas. I kept the invite list pretty small and only to people I know personally as it was hosted in my private residence. The goal is to grow it enough to hold in public space...
Anyway, more on that in another post.
So because I couldn't have a Craft Up without a craft, I decided to show my friends how to make pom pom flowers during all of our gabbing. Trust me when I say, this is probably one of the easiest crafts you will ever make and it involves very minimal supplies.
My Instagram Photo
Pom pom flowers make a great bouquet, are cute adorned on top of a gift, or you can even string a few together for fabulous bunting as decoration!
Okay so I learned how to make animated GIFs on Photoshop...
- Floral Wire, Pipe Cleaners, Straws, Branches, any kind of stick
- Wire Cutters (if using floral wire)
1. Take your yarn of choice and wrap it around 3 fingers 50-75 times. I like my flowers nice and full so I always wrap the yarn at least 70 times around. Be sure not to wrap too tightly or you will end up with blue fingers! There's no method to wrapping. Just wrap it around and around. To make them smaller, use two fingers. Two make them larger, use four fingers. Adjust the amount of times you wrap the yarn around your fingers accordingly. Fuller is always better in my opinion.
2. When you're done wrapping, cut the yarn, then carefully slide the yarn off of your fingers, trying to keep it in the same shape as it was on your fingers. Then cut a piece of yarn about 6-7 inches and lay your wrapped yarn on top of the short string (not through the yarn).
3. Tie the ends of the short string together and pull tight. To make it even more secure, knot it twice.
4. Snip the ends of the loops to create your "petals." Cut all the way around and make sure you cut every loop, except for the one holding them all together, of course.
5. Puff up your pom flower so it's nice and full, and then go around it with your scissors, trimming the ends until it looks nice and round.
6. When you're done, just jam a stick up it! Just kidding, take your floral wire and gently poke it through the pom pom. It may take a few times to find a nice secure spot, and if you want it even more secure, add a dot of glue. One of my friends told us she made a loop at the end of the wire to help secure it to the pom pom.
Enjoy your new pom pom flower! I think it looks cuter with a bow tied around the stem or tie a few together into a mini bouquet.
P.S., I just got a new camera lens and I'm digging it so far! The shutter is a little slow (a known con based on reviews) but I am liking it so far as an alternative to my "nifty-fifty" lens which is better for portraits.
Have you been up to any fun DIY projects lately? Are you super intrigued in my plans for monthly Craft Ups?