Admit it. Most of the time you’re short on at least two of the three when it comes to satisfying your creativity bug.
You need to make… Something! Not the any-old-kind-of-thing that you’ll never get around to framing or wearing. You want your creation to be something that YOU can enjoy or show off right away. Like tomorrow.
Seeking inspiration, you daydream about trolling through your favorite craft store. Guilt reminds you that the trip is not necessary though. Your craft cache already overflows with supplies. Supplies for a gillion projects.
But not one of those projects appeals to you right now.
You want, no… need to carve out a teeny bit of “me” time and make something. Something Just. For. You.
Hunt for These Materials (Buy, If You Must)
Here’s your scavenger hunt list for your materials. It’s highly likely that most, if not all of these items are stashed somewhere around the house.
- Yarn. The pictured project took a little less than one 92 yard skein of Lil’ Dollop “Strudel Scrumptious”, but any light- to medium-weight yarn you have on hand will do. No judgment here if you’re looking for an excuse to go to the craft store.
- Decorative sticks or twigs. This project started with some tired ting ting branches from a neglected floral arrangement. Nature could be your resource, but again… no judgment if you need to escape to the store.
- Vase. Any tall, slender container or basket that you have on hand will do.
Dig These Tools Out of Your Craft Cubbie
Now sort through your crafty tools and retrieve the three items below:
- Scissors. Preferably small and sharp.
- Glue Gun (with Glue Sticks, of course). You could use regular ‘ole school glue if you’d like. Just know that you’ll spend a little more time holding the flowers together until they dry.
- Serving Fork (or Pom Pom Maker). We’ll use a serving fork for this project, so go raid the kitchen. (Yeah, really!) Don’t worry, we‘ll have it back in time for the next meal. Alternatively, if you have a 3.5 cm pom pom maker (or another contraption to make similarly-sized pom poms), you’re welcome to use that.
Make Your Bloomin’ Pom Pom
The first step in creating your little arrangement is to make the pom pom flower blooms with your yarn and your serving fork.
Note: Instructions are for right-handed crafters. Use the opposite hand mentioned if you’re a lefty. Here we go:
- Cut a 12″ length of yarn. This will be used to tie your pom pom together.
- Fold the length of yarn in half and slip the folded end in the middle opening between the tines of the fork. Pull the two ends of the yarn toward the handle of the fork and wind them around the handle to keep them from tangling with the string of yarn you use in the next step.
- Pulling a separate piece of yarn from the skein, start wrapping it around the tines across the width of the fork. Wrap the yarn neatly, keeping the yarn strands straight across (perpendicular to) the width of the fork. Make about 50–60 loops around the tines of the fork.
- Trim your yarn and slip the loose end under another loop to lightly secure your wound yarn from unraveling.
- Unwind the 12″ length of yarn from the handle (from step #1). Use this length of yarn to tie around the center of the loops on the tines with one very tight single knot.
- Carefully slip your loops off the fork tines. Run the yarn ends from the center knot around to the other side and tie another very tight single knot. Run the yarn ends around one more time and tie your final knot (double knot) very tightly to hold your pom pom together. Your pom pom will look like a fat bow.
- Cut through the middle of the loops of yarn on either side, being careful to not snip the piece of yarn you just knotted. Now we’re getting somewhere!
- With your left hand, take hold of the yarn ends you used to tie the pom pom together and give the pom pom a good shake to fluff it out.
- Still holding those long yarn ends with your left hand, use your sharp scissors to trim away any long pieces of yarn on your pom pom to even it out.
Gorgeous, Dahling! Repeat until you have made as many pom pom “flowers” as you would like in your arrangement.
Hold it Together (The Last Sticky Step)
Next, we need to prepare the decorative sticks or twigs to receive their pom pom blooms.
- Place all the sticks/stems that you plan to use in your vase.
- Trim the sticks at varying heights. Your flower arrangement will have more visual interest if the blooms appear at different levels in the group.
- With your glue gun, hot glue one pom pom onto the top of the stick. Hold the pom pom onto the stick for a few seconds until it’s secure.
Voila! Funky & Fun Faux Flower #1.
- Repeat #3 to combine the remaining pom poms and sticks.
- Arrange all of your faux flowers in your vase.
Now, stand back and admire your new creation. You did it! Wasn’t that easy?
So, there you have it. This project is a snap to complete, but the simplicity of it is your secret.
Imagine the “oohs” and “ahhs” from your colleagues as they pass your desk:
“How do you find the time to make these?”
“You’re so clever!”
“Cute, so CUTE!”
You’ll be all smiles because you managed to escape into craft land. Ever so briefly, but you escaped. And you finished a fun little project.
Just. For. You.