Last week over on our Instagram, I was gleefully kicking my heels together and saying I’d finished my Christmas shopping. I also vowed that I was not going back into town even if I’d forgotten something vital. Well, guess what… after batteries I’d forgotten probably the most vital past to Christmas presents – the gift tags, trimmings and wrapping paper.
So instead of Grandpa getting Harper’s Barbie (shhh, don’t tell her) or Grayson getting a box of wine intended for my husband, I thought I’d better get my Christmas thinking cap on and use what materials I had left around the house, and enlisted the help of my little elf, Harper. We’d been to one of the local school fairs and they were turning pom poms into baubles so that was our starting point and then we went a little pom pom crazy.
These pom poms are simple to make and would also work as tree decorations too.
You will need:
- Wool in red, green, white and brown
- 2 x A4 sheets of card
- Gold acrylic paint
- Child’s artwork on paper or card
- Hole punch
- Strong glue and glue stick
- Pony beads and sequins
- Red embroidery thread
- Googly eyes
- Scraps of brown, red and black felt
Pom Pom Baubles:
- To make your pom pom take two or three colours of wool and wrap them around your fingers roughly 50 times. Ease the bundle of wool off your fingers and tie around the middle with embroidery thread. I found using embroidery thread for this rather than wool meant that I could tie a tighter knot around and make the pom pom more secure. Trim the pom pom so the strands are all neat but keep the embroidery threads long.
2. Make the top of the bauble by cutting a strip of card 1cm wide and the length of a piece of A4 card. Pop a bit of glue on the end and then wind it around a circular pencil adding glue all along the length of the card. Add a bit of tape at the end until the glue has dried so it doesn’t unravel. Once dry, paint it gold.
3. Pop that on top of the pom pom to transform it into a bauble. Then decorate with pony beads or sequins.
After attempting multi-coloured pom poms I then got the pom pom bug and started experimenting with other styles of festive fluffy balls. To make Rudolph, make one large brown pom pom and a small red pom pom (as above). Keep the embroidery thread long and use the red thread to tie the nose onto the body pom pom (brown). Cut a pair of the antlers from brown felt and glue them and the googly eyes onto the brown pom pom. To tie him onto your present use the long thread on the brown pom pom.
Wrap brown wool around your hand about 50 times and repeat with white next to the brown. Then slide the wool bundle off your hand and tie around the middle as tightly as you can. Get all Edward Scissorhands and give the pud a haircut. Cut two holly leaves out of green felt and hand-stitch onto the top of the pom pom along with two tiny red pom poms (shop-bought ones).
To make the snowman, begin by making the eyes by wrapping a small amount of brown wool (about ten times) around your fingers. Leave a small gap and repeat. Then fill in the gap with white and continue wrapping the pom pom as above. Make a bigger white pom pom and then tie the head to the body. Cut a small scarf, nose and hat and use strong glue to stick them onto Mr Frosty.
We have an abundance of paintings Harper has brought home from nursery, and have run out of wall space to display them, so I thought I’d jazz a few up into gift tags. Harper had very different ideas and proceeded to churn out a load more ‘masterpieces’ so she could help me with my work! Simply, to turn them into tags, stick a child’s painting onto a piece of card. Then draw a luggage label shape onto the card. Cut these out and punch a hole near the top just down from the edge and thread onto a length of wool.
Christmas crisis averted!
~ Laura xx ~