Sometimes we have a little bit of extra yarn left over from a project, but we can’t bring ourselves to throw it away. Enter the stashbuster projects! One of my favorite ways to use up yarn is to make pom poms and tassels. Pom poms and tassels are so easy to make and can really add a lot of fun to just about anything. You can use them to adorn a great crochet hat pattern, or add tassels to your gift wrapping process. This time, I decided one of my chandeliers needed some embellishment in my favorite color light blue and the medium would be yarn in the form of pom poms and tassels.
Gather up a variety of yarns in your favorite color pallet in both thin fancy and standard worsted weight yarn. I used a pom pom maker from the Make Pompom Fun Shapes Kit to make my pom poms.
For the pom poms standard spun/twist yarn worked best for a full and fluffy pom pom.
Snipping the yarn is really easy with very sharp scissors. Dull scissors can make this part a challenge.
With most pom pom makers there is a bit of shaping required to for a perfect sphere.
Again using very sharp scissors will make the trimming a snap!
I made the tassels out of mostly very thin yarn along with some ribbon yarn and some with metallic fibers to sparkle.
About 10-12 wraps at about 5 inches over all length made a nice size tassel.
Repeat the above steps to make as many as you need to go where the crystals hung on your chandelier.
Tie the pom poms onto the base arm under each light varying the lengths.
Tie the tassels onto each wire where the crystals hung varying the lengths.
Here’s a great video by our friends at FaveCrafts demonstrating how to make a pom pom with the Clover Brand pom pom maker.
The chandelier looks great during the day when the lights are off and at night the metallic fibers in some of the yarn really sparkle.
How do you make your pom poms?
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