When I was a kid and I was just getting into the world of crafting and learning all different kinds of techniques, I distinctly remember homemade yarn pom poms as being one of my very favourite things to make! It was just so cool to be able to make something so fluffy and fun out of what started as a single string. Now that I’m a crafty parent who is trying to share my love of DIY with my own kids, I’ve been teaching them how to paint cute yarn pom poms as well, but I like to change things up as often as I can to keep things exciting and pique their interest, since they enjoy making them so much. That’s why I’m always trying to come up with cute themed pom pom crafts that will let us create new kinds of things together, all still rooted in one of their favourite categories. These pom pom apples that we made last week are a great example! We even ate sliced apples together afterwards, because what’s better than healthy creativity getting kids excited about eating a healthy snack?
As usual, I did my best to document and outline at least one of the apples we made together so that other DIY enthusiasts might try this craft out for themselves as well. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Red yarn
- Pipe cleaner (green and brown)
- Hot glue
Gather your materials!
Make your yarn pom pom! Cut a length of yarn about four inches long and fold it in in half so its ends meet and a loop forms at the other end where the halfway point of the original long string is. Place this between your middle and ring fingers on your left hand, with the loop at your palm, pulling it all the way down to the base of your fingers. You’ll hold this here while you make the rest. Now, rest the end of your yarn that’s still attached to the ball against your four fingers held together, positioned vertically so it crosses the inside of all four. Hold the end in place with your thumb and start wrapping the yarn around your four fingers to create a bundle of loops. You can slide your thumb out from under the wrapped yarn once there’s enough in place to hold the end in place for you. Keep wrapping until your bundle is about half an inch thick and an inch wide. Bring the yarn back to the inside of your hand and hold it in place with your thumb again, cutting a new end loose from the ball with your scissors. With your other hand, pull the loop and ends of your original piece of yarn sitting between your middle and ringer fingers up towards your yarn bundle and bring them around it and together on the other side, where the tips of your fingers are. Pass one of the ends through the loop and pull it a little to start cinching the bundle. Before you pull it too tightly, slide the whole bundle off the tips of your fingers, then keep pulling the string through the loop to cinch the middle of your pom pom and keep everything bundled together. Once you’ve tightened it to your satisfaction, use the second end to tie a tight knot and keep the middle pinched and in place.