Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mary, Mary Quite Contrary


Today we are celebrating flowers. Not just any flowers, mind you, but flowers that don't wilt, don't cause allergies, don't cost money, and don't go out of season. Yes, today we are celebrating pom pom flowers.  I love pom pom flowers for a myriad of reasons, among them the fact that you can choose any color under the rainbow that you want and you can dress up little corners of your house and then just forget about them.

I've had many comments about the flowers seen in this post and many more emails asking how the flowers were made. Well, hold on tight because you are about to embark on a journey of discovery and learning, my friends.

The first thing you must do and the second most fun part of this craft is picking out the color you want (don't worry, I'll get to the number one most fun in a bit).  I chose yellow and white for a simple yet summery feel.


Once you've chosen the perfect shade of color, you have to decide how large you'd like your flowers. I tend to make mine a variety of sizes by altering what I'm wrapping the yarn around. I've been known to use a fork for smaller flower all the way to to my entire hand for a larger flower. Typically I alternate between two, three, and four fingers.

After deciding on the size of your flower, just start wrapping. If you are choosing to wrap around your fingers, you may want to keep them apart a little so that your circulation doesn't get cut off from wrapping the yarn too tightly.  Have fun wrapping and keep in mind that the larger the flower you want, the more wrapping you must do. I tend to like full flowers so I wrap a lot - 100-115 wraps for a small flower, 110-125 wraps for a medium flower, and 130-150 wraps for a larger flower.

When you've finishing wrapping the yarn around and around and around some more, carefully take the yarn off your fingers (or fork or whatever else you found to use) making sure to keep a finger in the hole of yarn.

You will then take the bit of string you cut previously (oh, you didn't? Don't worry, I always forget, too) and carefully push it through the hole and tie it as tightly as possible in a double knot.


Then take a pair of scissors, place one blade in the hole and cut opposite of the knotted piece of yarn.  Don't worry if it looks like a floppy mop, you are now at the funnest part of the craft: trimming the yarn.


The trick to getting a perfect pom pom flower that isn't floppy and yarn-y is to trim, trim, trim. Never have I trimmed too much, but many times I haven't trimmed enough.


Even this guy needs more trimming! Just keep trimming, just keep trimming.


When you've finally got the little ball of fur perfect, with a dab of hot glue in the middle of the yarn ball firmly place the small twig into the flower.  I like to try and get the twig inside the center of the flower careful not to come out the other side.


There you have it - a beautiful pom pom flower.


34 comments:

Dani said...

I used to make huge ones these when i was little and run around the house pretending to cheer lead with huge woolen pom pom's!!

I love this though, so creative and i like low maintenance flowers, you don't have to remember to water them.

Rebbie said...

Nice vase!

Barb said...

Love these!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

LOVE THIS. thanks for linking up to your whims wednesday! I'm totally trying this...like...today

Jacqueline said...

What a lovely idea!

Stephanie said...

Super-cute! I may have to borrow this idea for a kid-craft @ my daughter's birthday party.

Lindsay said...

These are so sweet! What a fun idea for summer!

Elisa said...

So cute -- and easy! Love this idea..

Johnnie said...

Love it! Hi. I am a new follower. Stopping by to invite you to join Thrifty Thursday, because your blog is adorable. Have a wonderful day. Blessings!

radhika said...

Lovely work! I like how fluffy your flowers look!

Chef in Training said...

these are so cute! I love it! and what a great tutorial! I can't wait to try and make them! I found your blog through a link party and love it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

Ty and Whitty said...

How freakin cute are these! I love them. I am going to make them and I pinned them. Thank you so much for sharing. Great job. I found you through a linky party! Come and say hi, enter my giveaway and vote for my picture. Thank you.

A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

Six said...

So cute!!! I love those colors! We found your blog through a link party. We are your newest followers and would love for you to follow us back!

www.sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com

La-Dee-da crafter said...

These just make me happy. The poms and the vase, the whole sha-bang!!! Love, love
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Kristen said...

I love the color combo - so cheerful and fun. Really cute idea!

Emily said...

That is adorable! I love it!


Stopping by from the hop and am your newest follower!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Super cute! They remind me of flowers from Dr. Seuss. lol
Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party! I shared this on AGI's FB page

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

These are adorable! Love your blog header, too. Thanks for stopping by to add this to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Hey! I featured these cuties on my blog tonight! Come grab a button :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/06/your-whims-wednesday-11-and-features.html

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Hello, I featured this project on our blog party this week! come on over and grab an "I've been featured" button if you'd like.

Farah Muzaffar said...

Hello Kristine... I came to you via Tip Jinki and so glad to found you... how beautiful your pom pom flowers are... sure I am going to make some soon and share it with you... I am going to be your new follower too for up coming creative ideas...
please visit me if you can
http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
Love
Farah

Mindie Hilton said...

I saw you at My Girlish Whims and wanted to invite you to my anything goes link party that runs Friday evenings through Sunday. Our first party last week had 300 links and was a lot of fun. I even have a special give away planned just for linkers this week. Hope to see you there. Http://www.bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/
You can find the party button on there now if you want to grab it.

Michelle said...

Thanks for sharing. This is my first visit to your blog, I came over from Trnsformation Thursday at the Sabby Chic Cottage. I also love pom pom flowers I made red ones at Valentines Day. I really like the colors you chose and how they look in the blue vase.

:) Michelle

Mindy said...

I love your dog. And I love that you spelled out 'walk' on your profile. Too cute. I found your blog through one of your comments on another blog. I am officially your newest stalker. :o)

Mandy @ This Girl's Life said...

I make pom poms for the baby caps I knit all the time, but had never though about using them like this. Absolutely love it!

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