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Pom poms are the perfect starting point for many children’s crafts, from cute chicks and fluffy white bunnies at Easter to podgy snowmen and Santas at Christmas. Are you wondering how to make pom poms with wool and recycled packaging at home? Our handy guide shows two easy ways for making pom poms using empty Cushelle toilet rolls and card from an empty Cushelle tissue box.
When making pom poms, we recommend that a responsible adult does the cutting, and any little assistants can take care of the assembly.
Making pom poms out of toilet roll tubes
This easy method for making pom poms with wool uses two Cushelle toilet roll tubes to make one large fluffy pom pom.
Takes 20 minutes
What you’ll need
- 2 Cushelle toilet roll tubes
- Sharp scissors
- First place two toilet roll tubes side by side. Start wrapping the wool around the middle, trapping the loose end inside. Continue wrapping many times, building up a good amount of wool.
- Next, take another length of wool and tie it around the bundle, in between the two toilet roll tubes. Tie a tentative knot.
- Gently push the wool bundle off the tubes. Now tie the length of wool tight around the middle, and knot to secure the wool bundle in place.
- Carefully cut around the outer looped edges of the wool bundle with sharp scissors.
- Use your fingers to shape the finished pom pom and trim any straggly ends with the scissors.
Making pom poms with carboard circles
When making pom poms with cardboard circles you can use the cardboard from a flattened empty Cushelle tissue box to make any size pom pom – the larger the rings the bigger the pom pom!
Takes 30 minutes
What you’ll need
- Empty Cushelle tissue box
- Small tumbler or similar circular object
- Sharp scissors
- Cut open and flatten the empty tissue box. Place the tumbler on the card, draw around it twice and cut out both circles.
- Place the coin in the middle of the circles, and draw around it using a pencil.
- Next, hold the two circles together and cut a small thin wedge from the outside to the middle, then cut out the inner circle.
- Now start wrapping your wool around the rings lots of times – the thicker you wrap, the fuller and fluffier the pom pom will be.
- Once you are happy with the amount of wool around the rings, push the scissors in-between the cardboard rings, and start snipping. Make sure that pieces of wool don’t fall out of the central hole.
- Cut another length of wool and carefully wrap it around in between the cardboard rings.
- Tie as tightly as possible, then remove the rings and ‘fluff’ and trim your pom pom.
As you can see from these two tutorials, once you’ve learned how to make pom poms with wool you can create a whole host of fluffy balls. Then you can use your imagination to create all kinds of fun things after you’ve discovered how to make pom poms with cardboard. Attach several in a row next to each other to make caterpillars, or stick one on top of the other to create various figures. You’ll be making pom poms with wool at every opportunity now you know how!
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