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