Category: General Crafts

How to Make a Pompom Flower Arrangement


Difficulty level:
Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Yarn
Pompom makers in various sizes
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional)
Scissors
Floral stems cut from any artificial flower
Vase or mason jar

Things to do:

  1. Connect a pompom maker, if it isn’t already connected, then open out both sides of the circle. Begin wrapping one color of yarn around half of the pompom maker.
  2. Wrap until the pompom maker is full but can still fit inside the pompom maker. Close the wrapped half circle inside.
  3. Wrap the yarn around the other side of the pompom maker, making the thickness on both sides of the pompom maker as even as possible. Close the second half of the pompom maker, then trim the yarn close to the top of the circle.
  4. Using scissors, cut the loops on both sides of the pompom maker.
  5. Cut a length of yarn that’s about 6-8″ long, then tightly tie the length in a double knot around the pompom.
  6. Pull the pompom maker apart and remove the pompom.
  7. Trim the tails evenly with the rest of the pompom, then trim any other uneven pompom edges.
  8. Repeat steps 1-7 to create as many pompoms as you’d like.
  9. Grab one of your floral stems. You can cut these from artificial flowers you already have. Insert the floral stem through the center of the pompom. If you tied your pompom tightly, the stem should fit snugly inside. However, if your pompom is moving around on the stem, you can hot glue it in place to make sure it’s secure.
  10. Repeat step 9 to add stems to each pompom, then add the pompoms to a vase or jar. If your pompoms are all standing at the same height, use scissors or wire cutters to trim them so that the pompoms stand at different heights.

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Wrapped Embroidery Floss Necklace Tutorial


Time required:
45 minutes
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Embroidery floss in various colors
Butcher’s craft twine
Scissors
Jewelry pliers
Wire cutters
Necklace chain
Jump rings

Things to do:

  1. Cut a length of twine that’s 21″ long. Overlap the ends by about 1″.
  2. Using a hot glue gun, glue the two ends of twine together so that the twine forms a circle.
  3. Fold the twine so that it forms one long line of doubled twine with loops on each end and the glued overlap in the center. Cut a length of embroidery floss that’s about 24″ long. Knot the floss around the doubled twine about 1 1/2 ” from the end of the twine.
  4. Begin wrapping the floss around the doubled twine, wrapping as evenly as possible and placing the wraps close together so that the twine is not visible. Wrap until 1-2″ of floss remains.
  5. Knot the floss around the doubled twine to secure it.
  6. Cut a second 24″ long length of floss in a new color. Knot the floss around the doubled twine right next to the first color.
  7. Holding the extra lengths of floss to the side, being wrapping the second color, wrapping over the extra lengths to hide the ends.
  8. When you reach the glued center of the twine, wrap over it, pulling tightly to try and hide the bulky center.
  9. Continue to wrap and add new colors as needed until about 1 1/2 ” of doubled twine remains. Knot the last color of floss and trim it near the knot.
  10. Using a hot glue gun, add a dot of glue on the knot to secure it.
  11. Lay the necklace chain on a flat surface, doubling the chain with the clasp on one end. Find the center chain link on the end opposite the clasp.
  12. Using wire cutters, cut the center chain link to open the necklace chain.
  13. Using flat-nose jewelry pliers, open a jump ring by bending one end of the jump ring out to the side. Note that you do not want to simply pull the ring apart from the center; this will weaken the ring.
  14. Insert one end of the doubled twine inside the jump ring, then attach the jump ring to one broken end of the necklace chain. Use the pliers to bend the jump ring back together and secure everything.
  15. Repeat steps 13 and 14 on the opposite side of the broken chain. This will form a circle and complete the necklace.
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How to Make a Pompom Sheep Garland Tutorial


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Medium 45mm pompom maker
Bulky white yarn
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Black pipe cleaners
1/4-inch black pompoms
Jute twine

Things to do:
1. Connect the pompom maker, if it’s not already connected. Begin wrapping the bulky yarn around one half of the pompom maker.

2. Continue wrapping until the half circle is full and bulky, then fold the half circle inside the pompom maker.

3. Begin wrapping the yarn around the second half of the circle, again wrapping until the circle is full and roughly the same size as the first half circle.

4. Close the half circle inside the pompom maker, then trim the yarn away.

5. Trim the pompom loops on both sides of the pompom maker.

6. Cut an 8″ length of black yarn. Wrap the black yarn around the pompom maker and knot it, pulling tightly.

7. Open the pompom maker and carefully remove the pompom.

8. Trim the pompom to make the ends as even as possible.

9. Hot glue a small black pompom to the side of the pompom. This will be the sheep’s face.

10. Cut four lengths of pipe cleaners that are each 2.5″ long.

11. Apply hot glue all the way around the top of one pipe cleaner.

12. Insert the pipe cleaner into the center of the pompom, toward the front. Push the pipe cleaner gently as far into the center of the pompom as possible without bending the pipe cleaner. You’ll insert four pipe cleaner legs, so leave plenty of room for the other legs.

13. Repeat steps 11-12 until you have inserted all four pipe cleaner legs: two in the front and two in the back.

14. Trim the pipe cleaners so that they are 1″ from the pompom edge.

15. Tie the black yarn into a knot at the top, creating a loop.

16. Repeat these steps to create as many pompom sheep as you’d like for your garland.

17. Cut a length of twine that’s long enough to hold all your pompom sheep, plus 5-8″ on each end.

18. String the sheep one at a time onto the twine, then hang the garland.

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Quick Paper Gift Wrap Garland Tutorial


Difficulty level:
Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Bakers twine
Circle office stickers
Ruler
Scissors
Glue (optional)

Things to do:

  1. Roll out several inches of baker’s twine in the color of your choice.
  2. Place a circle sticker face down on the work surface. Lay the baker’s twine across the center of the sticker about 4″ from the edge of the twine.
  3. Fold the circle sticker over the twine, matching up the edges of the circle sticker as evenly as possible.
  4. Using a ruler, measure about 1″ from the edge of the previous sticker. Place a second sticker face up at the 1″ mark, then fold the sticker over the twine.
  5. Continue to add stickers to the twine, spacing them about 1″ apart, until your garland is the desired length.

Tip: If the stickers are popping open and not sticking together, add a dot of glue to the sticker, then fold it over to secure it.

  1. Cut the baker’s twine about 4″ from the last sticker. Fold the end of the twine over, then tie an overhand knot to create a loop for hanging.
  2. Fold the opposite end of the twine over, then tie an overhand knot in that end to create a second loop. To hang the garland, slip the loops onto pushpins or nails in the wall.
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DIY Polymer Clay Donut Necklace Tutorial

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 20 minutes, plus 30 minutes for baking
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Sculpey III Tan Clay
Sculpey III Dusty Rose
Sculpey III Pearl
Clay roller
Clay tool set
Pencil
Silver metal screw eyes
Oven
Silver plated jewelry necklace chain

Things to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. In the meantime, pinch off a small amount of tan clay, about 1/8 of a block. Knead the clay to soften it.

2. Using the palm of your hand, roll the tan clay around to form a ball.

3. Press your thumb onto the ball to flatten it just a bit to resemble a donut.

4. Pinch off a small amount of dusty rose-colored clay. Knead the clay to soften it.

5. Using a roller, roll out the dusty rose clay until it is thin and flat.

6. Remove the dusty rose clay from the roller, then place it on your work surface. Place the tan donut on the dusty rose clay, then cut the excess clay using a plastic knife or clay tool.

7. Lay the dusty rose clay layer over the donut, centering it as best you can.

8. Use your fingers to pull the dusty rose clay down in some spots around the donut so that it resembles dripping icing.

9. Using a pencil or another thin pointed object and with the dusty rose icing facing you, poke a hole in the center of the donut.

10. Pinch off a small amount of pearl clay. Knead the clay to soften it.

11. Using the heel of your hand, roll the pearl clay out into a long, thin strip.

12. Continue to roll the pearl clay out as evenly as possible.

13. Place the pearl strip across the donut. When the pearl clay reaches the edge of the dusty rose clay, rotate the pearl strip to lay it in the other direction.

14. Continue swirling the pearl clay back and forth across the donut until you reach the other side of the donut. When you reach the end, use a clay tool to cut the remaining pearl clay away from the donut.

15. Insert a metal screw eye into the donut, centering it.

16. Bake the donut in the oven for 30 minutes at 275 degrees.

17. When the donut has cooled, slip a necklace chain through the screw eye.

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DIY Tasseled Dreamcatcher Tutorial


Things you’ll need:
Tape
10″ embroidery hoop
Yarn in colors of your choice
Scissors
Scrap piece of cardboard cut to 4″ wide

Things to do:
1. Separate the two sections of the hoop. Tape one end of yarn to the inside section.

2. Begin wrapping the yarn tightly around the hoop, wrapping back and forth.

3. Wrap until you have several criss-crosses across the hoop.

4. Holding the yarn tail in place with your hand, slide the other section of the hoop over the wrapped section. Tighten the screw at the top of the hoop.

5. Trim the yarn tail close to the hoop.

6. Cut two 6″-long pieces of yarn and set them aside. Begin making tassels by wrapping yarn around the 4″ piece of cardboard. Wrap the yarn until the tassel is quite thick. Using one of the 6″-long pieces of yarn, slide the yarn under the tassel strands and secure at the top.

7. Remove the tassel from the cardboard and trim the end. Wrap the second 6″-long strand around the tassel about 1″ from the top tie.

8. Using scissors, cut the loops at the bottom of the tie.

9. Trim the tie so that the ends are even, including the ends of the tie.

10. Repeat steps 6-9 to create a total of six tassels.

11. Using the top ties of the tassels, begin attaching the tassels to the dreamcatcher by tying a knot. If you’d like, you can attach tassels to the hoop edges. Once the tassels are attached securely, trim the knots.

12. Add tassels to the criss-crossed yarn strands. There’s no right or wrong way to arrange them.

13. Continue until you have attached and trimmed all six tassels.

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DIY Pompom Hair Comb Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Hair combs
Yarn
35 mm pompom maker
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Place the two pieces of the pompom maker together, if they are not already connected.

2. Begin wrapping the yarn around one end of the pompom maker.

3. Wrap until the yarn is thick and covers the entire half circle. If you’re not sure if the yarn is thick enough, test it by folding the half circle into the center of the pompom maker. If it fits easily with some room between the pompom maker and the yarn, you may need to wrap more yarn.

4. When the half circle is full, fold it into the pompom maker. Begin wrapping the opposite half circle until it is full and even with the other half circle.

5. Fold the circle into the center of the pompom maker. Cut the yarn.

6. Cut the loops of the pompom on one side, holding the pompom maker in place if necessary.

7. Repeat on the other side, cutting the opposite side’s loops.

8. When all loops are cut, cut a 5-6″ strand of yarn. Tie the strand around the pompom maker and tightly tie a double knot to secure the pompom.

9. Open the half circles back up.

10. Pull the pompom maker apart to release the pompom.

11. Give the pompom a haircut to evenly trim the edges.

12. Using the long yarn tails from the tie, slide one of the ties between the second and third teeth of the comb.

13. Tie the two long tails together, knotting them on the back of the comb. Trim the knots so that the tails are even with the pompom.

14. Repeat steps 1-11 to create two more pompoms.

15. Tie the second pompom between the two center teeth of the hair comb.

16. Tie the last pompom between the second and third teeth on the other end of the comb. Trim all the knotted ends.

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DIY Yarn Pom Pom Pencils


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Pencil (preferably one without an eraser)
Yarn
Small pompom maker
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Grab the pompom maker and connect the two pieces, if they are not already connected. Begin wrapping your yarn around one half of the pompom maker.

2. Continue wrapping until the pompom is nice and thick, then fold the half circle into the pompom maker center.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 on the other side of the pompom maker, then trim the yarn.

4. Cut the loops of the pompom on both sides of the pompom maker.

5. Cut a strand of yarn that’s about 5″ long. Pull the long strand around the center of the pompom maker, then tie a double knot to secure it.

6. Remove the pompom from the pompom maker.

7. Give your pompom a trim, cutting any longer strands including the yarn tails you used to tie the pompom together.

8. Add a dot of hot glue near the end of the pencil, then place the yarn tail on the glue dot. We left a bit of room at the end for sharpening the pencil.

9. Begin wrapping the yarn around the pencil. Pause every few centimeters to push the yarn down the pencil. This will help you avoid any gaps and get a tighter wrap.

10. When you reach the edge of the pencil, add a dot of hot glue to secure the end.

11. Trim away the yarn, cutting as close to the pencil as possible.

12. Trim the yarn tail on the opposite end of the pencil, if necessary.

13. Add a dot of hot glue to the flat end of the pencil.

14. Place the pompom on the hot glue to secure it.

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DIY Fabric Covered Bead Necklace Tutorial


Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Cotton balls
Fat quarter
Fabric scissors and/or rotary cutter
Ruler
Sewing pins
Safety pin
Sewing machine and coordinating thread
Dowel or other wooden stick

Things to do:
1. Cut the fat quarter into two strips that are each 3 1/2 ” wide.

2. Place the right sides of the long strips together, then pin the short end of the strip.

3. Sew the short end of the strip together using a 1/4 ” seam allowance. You should now have one long strip of fabric.

4. Using scissors or a rotary cutter, trim the seam allowance close to the seam, being careful not to cut into the seam. This will reduce the bulk of the strip.

5. Fold the strip in half with the right sides together. Pin the long edge of the strip using sewing pins.

6. Sew the long edge of the strip together using a 1/4 ” seam allowance.

7. Pin a safety pin through the edge of one end of the fabric.

8. Turn the strip right side out by inserting the safety pin into the tube. Continue to push the safety pin through the fabric to the other side of the tube.

9. Pull the safety pin out the other end of the strip.

10. Pull the safety pin until the entire strip is right side out.

11. Tie a knot in the fabric about 8″ from one end. Note that if you want a necklace that’s a bit longer, you can tie the knot farther away from the end to create more length.

12. Grab a cotton ball and place it through the end of the tube that is not tied in a knot.

13. Using a dowel or other type of wooden stick, push the cotton ball through the tube until it rests next to the knot.

14. Tie another knot on the other side of the cotton ball, tying it so that the cotton ball is snug between the two knots.

15. Continue adding cotton balls and tying knots until the length from the last knot matches the opposite side of the necklace.

16. Tuck the ends of the fabric inside, then sew across the edge to prevent fraying. Repeat for the other side of the necklace.

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Embroidery Floss Necklace Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1-1/2 hours
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Embroidery floss
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Cut 45 strands of floss that are each about 2 1/4 yards long, using whatever colors you’d like.

2. Holding all strands together, tie a knot about 22″ from one end.

3. Divide the floss into 4 groups.

4. Tie knots that are about 1″ apart in one group of floss. Tip: If your necklace is moving around too much, place a heavy object such as a book over the strands above the knot to keep the floss in place.

5. Repeat for the other 3 groups of strands, trying to stagger the knots so that they are not perfectly aligned.

6. Tie all 4 groups together with a knot, leaving a tail that’s about 4″ long.

7. Moving back to the first knot you made, begin knotting all the strands together, placing the knots close together.

8. Continue to tie knots until the knotted section measures about 12″ long.

9. Divide the remaining floss into 3 groups.

10. Begin braiding one group together until the braid is the same length as the first knotted section of your necklace.

11. Tie a knot to secure the first braid.

12. Repeat for the other two groups, braiding them and knotting the ends to secure them.

13. Tie one final knot to secure all the braids together.

14. Separate 4 long strands from one end of the necklace, then trim the remaining strands down to about 1/2 “-1”.

15. Repeat step 14 on the other end of the necklace.

16. Tie the long strands from each necklace end together to close the necklace, then trim the long strands so they are even with the shorter strands.

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