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DIY: pompoms

Final Result_Lark Linen copy
I’ve mentioned in the past that when it comes to wrapping presents I do not mess around. People have since come to expect their Christmas gift to be clad in something crafty (the pressure!) After scouring multiple paper stores around Toronto I’ve come up with a theme: winter mint with a twist (indulge me, won’t you?) The combination of red, white & mint keeps things feeling festive while straying from the a-typical.

Once I wrapped my first present I took a step back and decided that something was missing. The washi tape, twine and polka-dotted gift tags were all well and good, but it needed a bit of pizzazz. After all, I had to compete with that year I swapped wrapping paper for tin foil (some ideas are better than others by the way). So in came the pompom! Once the template was created and cut out the process went pretty quickly (and the template lasted for the 15 others I’ve since made). I’m beyond thrilled with how the entire ensemble came together and cant wait to distribute my gifts come Christmas morning.
pom pom_step 1_lark linen copy
Step 1: Trace two small circles onto thick cardstock (or cardboard). As a rule – the smaller your circle, the smaller your pompom. I used a shot glass for this step (keepin’ it classy)

Step 2: Place a smaller template (in my case, a nickel) in the center of your first circle and trace around it

pom pom_step 2_lark linen copy

Step 3: Carefully cut your circle templates out (this does not need to be perfect)

pom pom_step 3_lark linen copy

Step 4: Place both circle templates together and tie a long length of wool around them

Step 5: Wrap the wool around the templates

Step 6: Keep wrapping…

Step 7: … until it looks something like this. If your length of wool runs out, not to worry, simply tie a new length  on and keep going – nobody will know. (Note: the more times you wrap the string, the denser your pompom will become. This pompom ended up being QUITE full)

pom pom_step 4_lark linen copy

Step 8: Holding the wrapped templates between your index finger and thumb, carefully cut the wool using thin, sharp scissors…

Step 9: … until it starts to look something like this

pom pom_step 5_lark linen copy

Step 10: Once you’ve cut all around the template, spread the two cardstock pieces apart

Step 11: Thread a short length of wool in between the two cardstock templates and tie it in a tight knot. Then, carefully pull the cardstock templates off at either side. (note: your pompom may need a bit of a trim if he’s looking a little uneven)

pom pom_step 6_lark linen copy

Ta da!! Now tie it on to your gift using a ribbon (or twine in my case!)

 

PS – there’s still a few days to enter the Illume giveaway (a $100 value!) if you havent yet

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Tricia
    December 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

    What a cute idea, I am so making these pompoms. Your package looks perfectly festive, love the colors.

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      December 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks Tricia! These might be my favourite yet

  • Reply
    Gaby [The Vault Files]
    December 19, 2012 at 10:05 am

    LOVE it!! And I love how you wrapped your gifts!

  • Reply
    Alyssa
    December 19, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Such a perfect accent to presents for the holidays…and so easy! Love it!

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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    Corbynn
    December 19, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Seriously adorable. I will try, but I’m not sure they will look quite as beautiful as these!

    Corbynn
    thesistersinthecity.com

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      December 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      I promise it’s easy!

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    Lauren Maxwell
    December 19, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    This is adorable. I want to use them to throw a baby shower!

    Lauren @ Flee to the Cleve

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      December 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Such a good idea!

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    Leah // Freutcake
    December 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    So cute! Love a good pompom.

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      December 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      I agree. I’ve never met a person who doesn’t love a good pompom. If they exist, I don’t want to know about it

  • Reply
    David Ip
    December 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Big time like JC, I remember doing these in grade 3, so much fun!

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      December 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      haha right?! They totally bring me back

  • Reply
    Zara
    December 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Very Cute and thank you for the idea!

    Zara
    Littlepearlsofjoy.com

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      December 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      My pleasure!

  • Reply
    Lauren
    December 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    great tutorial! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      December 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Anytime!

  • Reply
    Andreea
    December 20, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Love the mint&red combo, not to mention the polka dots… adorable!

    • Reply
      Jacquelyn
      December 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Thanks love!

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