Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved making pom poms. Even now that I’m an adult, I find that there’s just something to satisfying about not only making the fluffy pom poms from scratch themselves but also turning them into fun things. Springtime is coming so, on top of looking for crafts that involve not only the techniques I enjoy most but also the ones my kids like best, I’ve also been looking for cute crafts that my kids and I can make together to celebrate the new plants and baby animals that come with the snow melting. That’s how we found ourselves making a whole flock of adorable little pom pom sheep last week!
As I always try to do, I decided to document the DIY process that went into making these adorable little yarn sheep, just in case other crafters want to see how they were made too. 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:
- Grey yarn
- Hot glue
- Black felt
- Pipe cleaner (black and fuzzy white)
- Googly eyes
Gather your materials!
Make your DIY yarn pom pom! There are plenty of ways to make a voluminous, sizeable pom pom out there and really any of them will work for this project. You could choose to use an actual plastic pom pom maker, a homemade cardboard template, a fork, or even just your hand! I made mine by pinching a doubled over tie piece between the base of my middle and ring fingers, wrapping the live end of my ball of yarn around all four fingers held together, tying the first piece around the middle to cinch the new bundle, sliding it off my fingers, and cutting the ends (just like you’ll see me do in the video). Make sure you fluff your pom pom nicely and trim its fringey tips all the way around so you get a nice, even sphere. This will be your sheep’s body!
Cut out your sheep’s face and ears from your sheet of black felt. I cut a one inch by one inch square and two one inch by quarter inch rectangles and then rounded off the two bottom corners and side and bottom straight edges of each to get three oblong rounded shapes with straight top edges; two slimmer ones to be the ears and one wider shape to be the sheep’s face. Feel free to round, trim, narrow, or adjust your shapes as you please until you’re happy with how they look in reference to each other.
Fold your piece of black pipe cleaner in half so its ends meet evenly and cut it at the middle where it curves halfway down the pipe cleaner’s length. Fold each of these halves in half again to cut those into two pieces as well, giving you four pieces of black pipe cleaner that are all the same length; each one a quarter of the original pipe cleaner. Curl each of these four pieces over at one end, the same amount on each, to make four little legs with rounded feet on the bottoms.