But, even though those are also easily made at home, they are really ugly and weird and I wouldn't do that to you. Instead, we are looking at the Pomdelion Bouquet.
After $3,000, spending $18 doesn't seem all that ridiculous. While I wouldn't spend $18 on it, I do think it's cute and it's bright and fun, so for a buck or two, it would be a good way to brighten up a shelf.
You will need:Barbecue skewers
If you don't have floral tape, you can just paint the skewers. (I told you guys, barbecue skewers are good for everything.). I also popped on a little green stem topper leftover from flowers I used for the floral cake topper, but it's an optional step, or one you could do with green paper.)
First, let's make some pom poms. They take just a minute, and while my first one was a little wonky looking, once you get the hang of them, they are oddly therapeutic. I ended up making like, twelve, which admittedly is weird and now I have no idea what to do with them besides freak Andy out by recreating the Trouble With Tribbles while he is sleeping. Anyways, there are a number of ways to create pom poms, most involve using your fingers or a fork. USE A FORK IT IS SO MUCH EASIER.
1.) Pull the string through the middle of the prongs, leaving a tail.
2.) Wrap the yarn around the fork about 100 times. When you finish, cut the yarn, leaving slack.
3.) Pull the tail and the slack together to tie a tight knot in the middle of your loops.
4.) Start snipping your loops!
5.) You're left with a mangey looking ball...
6.) ...give it a haircut, evening out all the strings so they are the same length.
Wrap the floral tape around the skewer, leaving about the top half-inch by the pointy part uncovered. If you are using a stem topper, slide that on now.
After that, the pom pops right onto the point part of the skewer. Five minutes saves you $17.
I've got them sitting on a bookshelf now, but they would also look great wrapped on a gift for an alternative to a bow.
But now what? You got a taste of making poms and ripping of Anthropologie and are not quite satiated? Don't worry, I got you.
Anthro is into this pom thing nowadays, so they are also selling pompom place cards for $20.
Grab a bit of wire, I used jewelry wire. Wrap it twice around a pencil to create a loop, and snip it with about an inch of slack. That slack pokes easily into the pom pom, creating a little holder for your place card.
Now that I know how easy pompoms are to make, maybe this awesome party backdrop is my next project...
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