Every spring I feel inspired to make some upcycled flowers this year I’ve made some DIY pom-pom flower decorations.
This time I decided to use up some of my yarn stashes with these pom-pom flowers. I used to dabble a bit in crochet and knitting but haven’t touched that craft for years. I think I was more attracted to beautiful yarn rather than the craft itself.
Note of warning though, be careful how you stash your yarn. When digging out my yarn supplies for this craft some of it had been attacked by moths. I had to bin that yarn, as it was useless.
My knitting and crochet skills maybe a bit minimal but I can make a mean pom-pom. In fact, I love making pom poms, I find it a relaxing thing to do whilst watching TV.
Marimekko Inspired Pom-Pom Flowers
If you are a regular reader of Pillarboxblue you will have noticed I have a few obsessions besides denim and maps and that is with Marimekko inspired crafts.
I tried to channel that Marimekko inspiration with the color and design of these pom-pom flowers. I think I nearly pulled it off, definitely with the color of the flowers and almost the design.
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What You Need
- Yarn in various colors. For each flower, you will need a small amount of black yarn for the center of each pom-pom. Then two similar colors, such as red and pink, or light blue and dark blue.
- Then a larger ball of yarn in a cream or off white color.
- Pom-Pom maker
- Sticks – I just picked mine up from my local park after a particularly windy day.
- Spray paint in various colors
- Hot glue gun
How To Make Marimekko DIY Flower Pom-Poms
As I already mentioned these pom-poms were based on Marimekko Unikko Poppies. So each poppy pom-pom had a black center, two similar color petals, and a white/cream background.
1. First, open up the pom-pom maker into 2 half-moons and slot both pieces together. One on top of the other. To start with just focus on one half moon side of the maker.
- Wind black yarn approximately 10 times around the center of one of the pom-pom maker halves.
- Then, wind the red yarn approximately 30 times on top of the black yarn and a bit either side.
- Then, wind the pink yarn approximately 70 times on top of the pink yarn and a bit either side.
- Next, cover the whole side with the white yarn approximately 50 times.
- Finally, cover the whole of the other side of the pom-pom maker with the white yarn. You should wind the yarn around the maker the same number of times as the other side so that would be approximately 160 times
2. When you have finished winding the yarn around the pom-pom maker, close it shut.
Top Tip: The number of times you wrap the yarn around the pom-pom maker may vary by size. Less yarn wraps for smaller pom-pom makers and more yarn wraps for larger pom-pom makers. Just keep the proportions similar for each color.
3. Next, using a pair of scissors cut the yarn along the spine of the pom-pom maker. Cut all the way around the spine. Then get some spare yarn and wrap it around the center tying it tightly to hold all the yarn together.
4. Finally, to finish off, open up the pom pom maker and remove the DIY pom-pom flower. Using scissors trim the pom-poms to make them more fluffy and to remove any stray yarns that are sticking up.
Carry on making these Marimekko DIY pom-pom flowers in various color combinations. I made 10 in total, 2 flowers of each color combination.
5. Next, spray paint the sticks. I sprayed each one color from the rainbow, red, yellow, orange, blue and pink. These also corresponded to the colors of DIY pom pom flowers.
6. Finally, finish off these colorful spring flower decorations by gluing the pom-pom flowers to the rainbow-colored sticks. I glued 2 pom poms to each stick using a hot glue gun. I matched to flower colors to the stick colors.
For the colorful centers of these flowers, you don’t need much yarn/wool so this craft is a great stash buster. You could experiment by making pom-pom flowers in various sizes and colors.
- Yarn/wool in various colors
- Spray paint
- Pom-pom maker
- Hot glue gun
- Open up the pom-pom maker and slot the two pieces together.
- Wrap black yarn 10 times around the center of one half of the pom-pom maker.
- Next, wrap red yarn 30 times on top of the black yarn and to the sides a bit.
- Next, wrap the pink yarn over the red yarn and to the sides approximately 70 times
- Then, wrap the white yarn around the red yarn and completely cover the other half of the pom-pom maker with white yarn.
- Close the pom-pom maker and then cut the yarn across the spine.
- Tie the pom-pom in the middle with yarn and then remove from the pom-pom maker.
- Trim the pom-poms to make them more fluffy and round.
- Repeat making 9 more pom-poms in different color combinations
- Spray paint the sticks in the colors of the rainbow.
- Using a hot glue gun, glue 2 pom-pom flowers to each stick. Match the colors of the pom-pom flowers to the colors of the stick.
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