Giant pompoms

In my last post I showed you some of the things I have made while decluttering my craft staff. One two things I showed you lovely people were my giant pompoms.

One each for little lady and baby D. They both love them and play with them a lot. It certainly was a cheap and easy present for them (hubby wants me to add that although it was easy it was very time consuming). Here I have given step by step instructions for anyone wanting to make their own. The clever crafty Lucy even suggested using them as pillows!

First off you need a dinner plate, a small bowl and a piece of cardboard.

Draw around the dinner plate.

And then the small bowl (you can use whatever you want here but I like long fibres so make my little circle a lot smaller than the big circle.

Cut them out so you get a doughnut shape. Make another one exactly the same.

Put both pieces together, (this is the hard part) choose your wool and start wrapping it around the rings.

Keep wrapping and wrapping and wrapping.

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Once your ring is entirely covered in wool you need to separate the two cardboard rings at the top in order to get your scissors in between them. This can be a bit tricky especially if you have wrapped your wool very tight.

Carefully cut all around the edge, between the two pieces of cardboard and wrap a piece of wool around the centre to stop the now loose fibres falling apart.


Tie the wool in the centre and fluff your pompom into a ball shape.

If you have parts that are longer than others then you can cut them to shape. I have heard of heart shaped pompoms but I’m not sure I can be bothered with the fuss to be honest!

Please do pop back with photos/blog links once you have made your own giant pompom. I’d love to see what you made.

Crafting and decluttering

Sorry I’ve been missing in action for a while. It’s not that I’ve been doing nothing. Just the opposite in fact. We have embarked on a decluttering mission here at a lifetime of DIY.

We have sent boxes to the charity shop, passed things onto friends and family and sold other bits and pieces.

While our house is looking marginally tidier and slightly less cluttered (still a long way to go) it has highlighted the true extent of my craft stash. I am honestly surprised by the amount of fabric, paper, notions, haberdashery I have. Some of it I don’t even remember buying, I have *that* much!

If we are to declutter properly then my craft stash needs to be reduced. So that’s my new mission for 2013 – to reduce my craft stash. I can do this in 2 ways:
1) Sell or donate items
2) Use it!
Personally I think I will end up doing both. While it will declutter my stash by selling and/or giving it away, I love crafting and so using it (and possibly selling the finished items) will be enjoyable for me if not a bit slower.

By my own rules, I can now only bring down supplies for 2 projects at a time. This will keep clutter in the front room down and also ensure that I don’t start too many projects and end up overwhelmed.

Some of the projects made already under the “craft declutter” mission are shown throughout this post. Matching leg warmers for my little lady and Angelina Ballerina; some cards; and 2 giant pompoms – one each for lady and baby D.

I will endeavour to post photos of other projects as and when I complete them so do pop back from time to time to see what I’ve been up to. Hope you like my creations.