I wanted a new colorful banner for our mantle for Valentine's Day. I am so tired of all the white and dreary grey from the snow. I am so ready for spring! So I spruced up our living room with bright pink and red! I think I'll wait and get the rest of the V-Day decorations after the holiday when they are all on clearance at Hobby Lobby - my favorite kind!
This banner was super easy, and something I am sure I will do again in the future! Here is your tutorial! And yes, I was watching I Love Lucy while I made these :) Helpful hint: Don't let your puppy near the yarn, he'll be sure to put it in a nice ball for you.
You'll start by wrapping the yarn around your fingers. Depending on the size you want, you can use 2, 3, or 4 fingers. The more yarn you wrap, the bigger and fuller your pom pom will be. Keep wrapping until you have your desired size.
You will now tie off the ball. Take a pre cut piece of yarn, and poke it through your fingers. You will then pull it around and tie it off in the front. Make sure the loose end of the yarn is under the part being tied off to hold it together. Then loosely slide the ball off your fingers, and tie the ball tight on both sides.
The red pom pom is what it will look like after you have it tied off. You will then cut all the loops with your scissors. The left side of the pink pom is cut, and the right side is uncut. You want to cut all the way around and make sure you get all the loops.
You can see how the pom looks a bit uneven, so you can take your scissors and trim off the long ones. The more neat and tight you want your pom, the more you will trim off. I wanted mine to be medium size and not completely perfect looking. So I trimmed of a small amount. The small tight poms look great, and are awesome for decorating gifts. But the small ones I felt would be too little for the mantle.
Then, you'll take your embroidery floss and needle and thread all the balls on the thread. I doubled my thread up to make it a little thicker and easier to work with. You can see in 2 of the poms that I used red and pink colors together by layering when I wrapped then around my hand.
I was pleased with how this turned out. I had never made these poms, but they seem to be all the rage when I researched what to do. I am so glad I did it, even my husband commented on how sweet they looked.
Have any of you made these before?