Monday, July 1, 2013

Even More Anthropologie Knockoffs - Pom Wonderful

I've said it before, I actually like Anthropologie. I have my fair share of their too-expensive whimsical dresses, and if I had the cash, I would probably buy one of their ridiculous luxe velvet sofas. But when it comes to their knick-knacks, they are all laughably overpriced and easily DIY-ed. Let's just take a minute to laugh at my favorite $3,000 ROCKS WITH HANDLES

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
Floral tape

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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  1. ha! Those $3k rocks with handles beat my previous favorite by a mile, the $12k tent. Floor sold separately. Although at least that one was attractive.

  2. Adorable! I love your DIYs and love that you always give me something to laugh about (recreating Trouble with Tribbles? Awesome.)

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  3. oh lordy, those rocks kill me. I just can't even get over them. I wouldn't even want them for free.

    I love the poms-especially that backdrop! How cute would that be for a photobooth background at a party or wedding? Make a tutorial so that I can re-create it :)


  4. Please make a rock with handle DIY just for the lols

    but for real these are adorable, think I need to make some!

  5. These came out so cuteee! Love them

    ...what's up with those rocks, anthro?
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  6. The rocks made me laugh hysterically.

    Also, I really, really want to make the pomdelions but my roommate caught me trying to smuggle floral picks and thwarted my efforts to get near the yarn. Apparently I am not allowed to craft until I clean up from my last projects.


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