by Erica in D.I.Y.
Soon after Lauren and I started HonestlyWTF five years ago, we discovered the ultimate DIY tool: the Clover Pom Pom Maker. And our lives have never been the same ever since. No really – in all honesty, it’s been a mood enhancer, an ice breaker, and the cause for thousands and thousands of pom poms created as of 2010. But after all these years, I’m surprised I’ve never experimented with making pom poms with anything other than yarn and more recently, wool roving. It wasn’t until I spotted this adorable pom pom basket, at Anthropologie, that I was inspired to recreate it using raffia pom poms. Raffia can be slippery, bulky and difficult to work with – but I developed a few tricks that will help you through the process. So . . . follow along!
paper raffia (approximately 900 yards total)
round woven basket
medium pom pom maker
hot glue gun
For my 16″ diameter basket, I used about 300 yards of raffia per color to attach around the entire circumference of the basket. To make the pom poms, pull about 7-8 arms length worth of raffia out from the spool. Double up the raffia twice. It helps save time when wrapping it around the pom pom maker!
The Clover Pom Pom Maker separates into two halves. And when joined together, it separates into two sets of arms that swing open and close. Open one set of arms and wrap the raffia from one end of the arm to the other, all while consistently covering it.
Close the arm and repeat the step on the other side.
Run your scissors along the middle and cut around the entire pom pom maker.
Cut a 6-8 inch piece of twine and slide it between the two halves. Pull it as tight as you can and then into a double knot. The reason why I use kitchen twine is because it’s thick and is able to really get a good grasp on the thick raffia. Anything thinner may not hold the pom pom together as tightly.
Open the arms and separate the pom pom maker. You’ll end up with a not so pretty pom pom – but you’re close!
Trim away any excess strands to even out the pom pom. Fluff it between the palm of your hands and now you’ve got yourself a perfect little pom pom!
Continue making pom poms until you’re ready to add them to your basket.
Find the center of the pom pom and squeeze a big dollop of hot glue in the center. Immediately press it firmly against the the bottom of the basket.
Depending on what type of raffia you use, you might still be able to see a gap where the twine holds the pom pom together. You can run your glue gun along the twine and sandwich the twine between the raffia. This helps make the pom pom look seamless.
The 2nd row of pom poms should be placed between the poms poms in the 1st row. And so on . . .
Give each pom pom a gentle tug. If any of them need reinforcing, just add more hot glue. Enjoy and happy pom pom making!
(images by HonestlyWTF)