School is almost out for the year, and many of us are looking for something the kids can do (that doesn’t involve plopping them down in front of the tv) while everything else gets done.
Sometimes craft projects can become so messy it makes us shudder at how much more work it will create simply keeping the kids occupied. But making pom-poms can be a simple and fun way to keep kids busy while they help create some holiday decor and cheer.
The easiest way to make pom-poms is to purchase an inexpensive pom-pom maker, and a whole lot of yarn. I recommend Pound of Love Yarn as well as Red Heart Super Saver Yarn. The pom-pom maker and yarns are all found at your local craft store, and everything is less than ten dollars.
Purchase yarn in a variety of holiday colors (thinking beyond Christmas, this would also work for Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day…) and follow the instructions on the insert that come with the pom-pom maker.
The trick to a really great, full pom-pom is using more yarn than you ever thought anything could possibly need (hence the pound of yarn). When you think you’re done winding, wind some more. And then some more.
You can forgo the store-bought pom-pom maker and make them the old-fashioned way (?) by using a piece of cardboard and following these instructions. However, this method can be very difficult to produce full, fluffy pom-poms, especially for children.
Once you’ve had the kids make all the pom-poms their arms can stand (which will get tired from all the winding), you can sew them up with a tapestry needle to make a beautiful garland for the mantle or tree. They also make very pretty individual ornaments and adornments for gifts. The possibilities are limited by only your child’s imagination and stamina!
If you don’t have it in you to hand-make pom-poms, don’t fret! You can buy a bucket of them and have the children sew them together to make a garland. It won’t have the same effect as the hand-made version, but it is still mess-free entertainment and encourages the children to be involved.
As always, we’d like to hear from you: How do you keep your children occupied in a mess-free way while you take care of holiday tasks?