I think the kids’ favorite part of making these homemade ornaments was making the actual pom poms for our snowman. They had great fun.
I own an actual pom pom maker, but for this we used a fork. So much easier for the kids to handle, and such a simple way to make poms. All you need is a fork, yarn, and a pair of scissors to get started.
Take the fork, and start wrapping your yarn around it, tightly (sorry about the messy kid. It appears I can either have happy, helping kids, or clean kids…but so far I haven’t figured out how to have both. Hmnh.)
As you’re wrapping your yarn, make sure you have a little space at the bottom of the fork. When you have a good amount of yarn like this:
slide it all up toward the middle a little. Cut your yarn (you can leave the end dangling, it’ll get tied up in a minute). Using the same color, thread a new piece of yarn through the tines at the bottom of the fork:
pull that piece of yarn up and tie it at the top, pulling as tightly as possible:
slide the yarn off the fork. You will now have a small ball of yarn, tied in the middle. Sliding the scissors in between each loop of yarn, snip at each end like this:
You should end up with a pom pom, tied in the middle:
Fluff it up a little, and you’re done!
For our snowman, we did a combination of tying and hot-gluing our three pom poms together. We added a small felt hat and a tiny felt triangle for a nose. You can hot-glue googly eyes on, or just draw them with a marker:
Glue some pipe cleaner arms, and add a few pieces of yarn on as a scarf and he’s all finished! You can hang him as an ornament, or use him as a present-topper — he’s multi-functional like that.
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