Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tulle Pom Pom Tutorial

These tulle pom poms are one of my latest obsessions.  I know I love a craft when I offer to make more for friends, and these puff balls are no exception.  I originally made them for the Sugar & Spice Baby Shower that you can check out here
Materials: 
cardboard frames to wrap the tulle around 
4 yards of tulle for large pom poms
2 yards of tulle for smaller pom poms
ribbon

Here's how I did it!
First, I traced around bowls I had in my kitchen to make two frames for the pom poms onto cardboard.  {Thick tagboard works really well too.}  The larger one is 12 inches in diameter and the smaller one is 10 & 1/2 inches in diameter.  You can make whatever size you want, depending on the size of pom pom you're going to make.

Don't forget to cut out a hole in the center of the frame.  
Next, loop ribbon around the hole and tie it in a very loose knot.  Then tape the edges down. 
 For the larger pom pom, I used 4 yards of tulle.  The smaller ones use 2 yards of tulle.  I cut them into strips anywhere from 3 to 4 inches wide.  This doesn't have to be exact.
Then, take the strips of tulle and wrap them through the center hole and around the frame.  
 A little tip to make your pom poms look really clean and neat, is to trim the strips that are hanging over the edge of the frame, as you go.  {Do you see the ones sticking out at the top and the left side...I should have trimmed those off before I went to the next step.}
 This next step is my favorite!  Take some sharp scissors and trim around the outside edge of the frame to cut all of that fluffy tulle loose. 
Don't you just love the puffiness!  :)
Then I scrunched the tulle together to make sure the loose ends were trimmed.  This is why it's important to trim as you go, like I mentioned before.
 Now, untape the ribbon and pull the loose knot you tied and taped earlier REALLY tight around the tulle. I'd give it your best Girl Scout knot!  You don't want this coming loose.
 Now you've just got to gently pull it through, and you're done!
 They look so cute hanging from the ceiling in a baby's nursery, a classroom, at an outdoor party...you name it!
 We hung them over the food at the shower, and they added just the right touch!
If you think these look like fun to make, give them a try!  They are really easy and only take about 20 minutes to make each one.  
They are the perfect way to make the world a cuter place!

Have fun!

Cindy

2 comments:

  1. I loooooooooooove these! :) Kali

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  2. hi i am ellen from the Netherlands, i found your blog at pinterest.
    your blogs is great !! im following you now, and have your address at my favorites.

    :)

    love,
    Ellen
    http://ietsiepietsiekitschie.blogspot.nl/

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