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Brighten up any window with this colourful decorative pom pom curtain. Easy to make and suitable for all ages (children over 5) this is the perfect afternoon project for all the family. You can buy your kit here for just £20 and I do my absolute best to post orders out on the day I receive them.
Each kit contains contains enough wool to make lots of colourful pom poms and the pom pom maker pack has 4 sizes to choose from.
Making Pom Poms
Here's how to make a pom pom using one of the 4 Rico pom pom makers included in the kit
Place the two halves of the pom pom maker together. Notice how the 3 round 'bolbs' fit into the 3 holes.
You need to hold both parts together until you start to wrap wool around it.
As you begin to wrap wool around the pom pom maker it will hold it all together making it very easy to use.
Wrap wool around both halves until there's no room left in the middle.
When both halves are completely wound with wool, push the pom pom maker together and use the white clips on the sides to secure both parts.
Using your scissors cut all the way around the pom pom. Young children will need an adult to help with this bit.
Once you have cut the wool all the way around you will reveal your pom pom still attached to the maker. Notice the gap between the two halves of the pom pom maker.
Cut a length of wool (I double it to make it extra strong). Wrap the wool around the gap in-between the two halves and pull it really tight. Secure it with a knot and repeat this again to make sure the pom pom is securely held together. Young children may need a little help with this bit too.
Unclip the pom pom maker and gently open it up to reveal your pom pom.
Using your scissors you may wish to trim the edges of your pom pom to make a perfect circle. Personally I do this regardless of whether it really needs it simply because it's such fun!
Now all you need to do is repeat this until you have at least 25 pom poms. This will give you enough to make a 5 strings to hang in your window as the picture at the beginning illustrates. Obviously if you make the largest pom poms in the pack you won't get as many from the wool supplied so I advise you make a selection of the various sizes. I find the green pom pom maker is the best size for this project.
Making felt balls
In your kit you will find a colourful selection of felt ready to make your little felt balls. For this you are going to need some soap and water. Normal hand soap is perfect.
Pull a piece of felt from the main roll. The larger the piece the bigger the felt ball will be. Start small because you can always add more.
The easiest method is to tie a simple knot in the middle
Wrap the ends of the felt around the knot to form a ball.
Dip the felt into the water to get it wet and rub a little soap into your hands.
Gently roll the felt ball between the palms of your hands. The combination of the soap, water and friction of hands rubbing will fuse the felt fibres together making it smaller and hander.
Eventually you will have a small felted ball. Rinse well and set aside to dry.
Here's a little video to show you how it works in real time.
Once you have a lovely stash of pom poms and felt balls (they need to be dry!) you are ready to thread them and the beads onto the twine
Cut a length of bakers twine that is just slightly longer than you need to fit the length of your window. Tie a knot in one end thread your fist felt ball.
The needle in the kit is nice and long making it easy to push through the felt balls and pom poms.
Here's a simple pattern to follow when threading.
1 felt ball, 2 beads, 1 pom pom, 2 beads 1 felt ball.
For an extra little twist try making some tassels to add to your curtain. You can learn how to make them here.....they are very easy!
The safety bit.
This kit contains small parts which are a choking hazard to young children. There is also a sharp needle so please use caution and do not leave young children unattended when making your pom pom curtain
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Having made the body and attached the feet in exactly the same way as for the penguin we next need to cut out and attach the eyes.
Notice how 'eye 2 is face down. This is because I made a dreadful error when printing the templates. A thousand apologies to everyone out there who may have been confused. The pointy bits need to be facing each other as shown ....think of them as the eyebrows as this will help you when positioning them onto the body.
Make the eye socket concave by cutting and joining to the fold line as indicated on the templates. Gently bend and mould the templates as shown above.