Wow, I didn't mean to disappear for a week like that! It's been a crazy week. We set the goal of being ready for paint by last Saturday...which meant late nights and lots of extra time at the house. Good news...we made our self-imposed deadline. Bad news...the blog suffered a bit. I hope you'll understand. I thought today I'd show you a fun take on making little pom poms.
I volunteered to help with my oldest son's spring party in April. It was a challenge to come up with fun stuff a 5th grade boy would want to do. I saw Makes and Takes Angry Bird Pom Poms, and thought they would be fun. However, the pom pom tutorial she referenced would not work well with 5th graders! So, I did some exploring, and found these darling mini pom poms made with forks. Since the bird was small, and the pig needed to be bigger, I came up with a novel solution (I think!), a cardboard "fork".
I cut cardboard into a 2" by 3" rectangle, with the middle cut out, and then glued them together for strength.
It took some weight to keep them together until the glue dried.
I created little faces in the paint program that comes with windows, and printed them out on cardstock. The kids wound the yard about 50 times around the fork or cardboard, tied a longer string really tight on around the bundle, and then trimmed the loops and gave the poms a hair cut. (I'd already pre-cut lengths of yard for each kid.)
We then glued the faces on and created out poms.
This was the kit I took to school.
It was a little challenging to help the kids, but we divided the class into three stations. One group decorated cookies, another played a game, and the third group made pom pom Angry Birds. I was so pleased with how things went, and my son was happy with how the party went. Win for mom! :)
As I was experimenting before I took the project to school, I played with cotton twine as another way to make a pom pom.
I think they just might be my new favorite thing. The texture! I think it would be fun to make a bunch of these and die them different colors and hang them on a string for a decoration...or just leave them au naturale.
I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I'm off to continue priming the rest of our house. The goal this week is the completely paint the house and be ready to install cabinets next week. Eeek!