Nothing ups the cute and fun ante on a yarn project like adding a pom pom. Not content with just your regular pom poms? Then you can make them extra special by making them fluffy!
You will need:
Pom poms - perfect for using up your scrap yarn you can make poms poms on a fork, on your hand, with a cardboard ring or with a fancy plastic tool
Stainless wire brush (available hardware stores)
Make sure when you are making your pom poms you tie the centres SUPER tight, because once you start brushing, the strands of yarn will pull straight out if they aren't secure enough.
Secure your pom pom centre tightly
The more yarn you wind the fluffier your pom pom will be.
Hold your pom pom from the back and take your wire brush and begin brushing your pom pom gently from the centre out.
Be careful not to catch your fingers with the bristles as this hurts!
Rotate your pom pom and keep brushing gently around all sides.
You may need to pull the yarn fibres off the wire bristles every so often as they build up.
Slow and steady and clean the brush as you go
It's better to go slowly and repeat the circle a few times to get a good even fluff.
If any of your strands come loose, just carefully pull them out of the pom pom and keep going.
Once you've reached the level of fluffiness you are after you can rub the pom pom loosely between your palms and it will fluff it out evenly and you can see if there are any gaps that need re-working.
If your pom pom was a little unevenly wound you will be able to see this now so you can trim back the fluff to make it a nice even sphere.
That's it! You're done! You can now attach your pom pom to your project.
I added this fluffy pom pom to a crocheted beanie for a newborn baby - cute!
Some pom pom uses: String lots of pom poms into a garland
Add a pom pom to the top of a beanie
Sew tiny pom poms to hairclips
Use pom poms as ties for hats, bags and tea cosies
The only limit to pom poms usage is your imagination!