We agree: mountains of chocolate treats is the business, but we have a soft spot for craft, too. This Easter, we’ll be setting up a craft area where youngsters can release some of that chocolate buzz and make rainbow egg pom poms. Can you imagine the speed at which they’ll knock them up? We have half a mind to give them our WIPs.
Here’s Stephanie’s Easter pom-pom crafts using scraps of yarn…
• Pen and pencil
• Sharp scissors
• A piece of thick cardboard, corrugated or a cereal box
• 2 large bulldog clips
• 1 small bulldog clip or paper clip
• Assortment of coloured yarns
Easter pom-pom crafts
You Will Need
Make the DIY pom-pom maker
Make a DIY pom pom maker by cutting cut out four horseshoe shapes onto thick cardboard. You can make these as big as you like but for this tutorial we’ve created 1.5” across and 2’’ tall. Draw a guideline where the curved part looks like a half circle. If you are making pom poms with children, this helps to show them where to stop. Take two horseshoes and hold them back to back with the lines visible on both sides. Hold together with a small bulldog clip or paper clip. Do the same with the remaining two.
Making your Easter pom-pom
Now you need to wrap the yarn round the pom pom maker. To do this wrap blue yarn in the centre of your half circle. Then with yellow yarn ‘fill in’ the spaces either side of the blue to equal thickness, then wind a few layers of yellow yarn on top until the blue is fully covered. Wrap pink yarn on top until the yellow is covered and the inner curve looks flat.
Next you need to cut the yarns and tie them off with a simple knot. For the second horseshoe wind the yarn in the same way, but with the colours reversed: pink, yellow and blue.
Bend all of the horseshoe’s tabs outwards so the tabs align. Hold in place with two large bulldog clips. Gently pull back the yarn where the tabs meet, insert your scissors and carefully start cutting in between the two horseshoes.
Slide a 25cm length of yarn in between the two pieces of card, wrapping it around the entire pom. Tie with a simple knot and pull tight twice to secure.
Take off the bulldog clips and carefully pull out each cardboard horseshoe one at a time.
Your pom pom should come out looking like an oval egg shape. Using the scissors, trim and neaten the shape until you’re happy with your egg!