Friday, June 1, 2012

A Surprise "Guest" Post & Yarn Pom-Pom Tutorial :)

Catching up on our Alphabet Time units, today!

Rose put together this sweet craft for Little Monkey, back when we were working on the letter "D."

Grandma (my Mom) had just recently shown her how to make pom-poms out of her yarn scraps...and when she noticed all the Duck-themed books in our book basket, Rose asked if she could be "Teacher for the Day," making a Pom-Pom Duck with LM.


She was also hoping she could post the instructions here on the blog - her first tutorial.

So today, I'm pleased to be hosting my first "guest post" here at Art of Being Mama! ;)

I would like to introduce to you - Rose, who is going to teach us all about Pom-Pom Ducks. (She will be finishing out this post.)

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Pom-Pom animals are lots of fun to make.  They make nice birthday presents or decorations for your bedroom.  It's an easy and fun craft that you can make by yourself and you can use up your scraps of yarn.

First of all, you can buy pom-pom makers from the store.  Or, you can make your own by cutting out two "C" shapes from a cereal box, like in the picture below.  They can be about any size, but they have to match.


Next, put your two cardboard "C's" together.  Take some yarn and start wrapping it around from one side to the other, a couple times.  You need to wrap lots of yarn to make it nice and poofy.  You only need a small  ball of yarn for this.


When you're done wrapping the yarn, carefully cut the end of the string you are wrapping and hold it down with your thumb (pictured below).  At the same time, separate the two cardboard pieces on one end.  Then, take some scissors and put them between the cardboard pieces, and cut the yarn all around from one end to the other.  Make sure all the yarn doesn't slide out from in between the cardboard pieces!


Now cut a 10 inch piece of yarn and slip it between the cardboards.  Tie it as tight as you can around the yarn.  Then tie a knot and slip the cardboard C's off of the yarn.




Then you can trim the ends of the knot to the length of the other pieces.  And also trim the pompom to the size you would like it.  But be careful not to make it too short, otherwise it will all slip out of the knot.


And now you have a pom-pom!


Now, to make your pompom into a duck, you need to cut a small triangle out of orange felt.  This will make the beak.  Use some liquid glue to stick it onto the pom pom.


We also glued on some googley eyes (leftover from our Alligator craft) for the duck's face.  If you don't have googley eyes, you could cut some eyes out of black and white paper or felt.


For the duck's feet, cut two webbed-feet out of your orange felt and glue them to the bottom of the pompom.


And that's it!  Now you have a cute and fluffy duck.


Quack!

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Thank you, Rose for sharing your craft with us, today!


Wishing you all a joy-filled Friday and a blessed weekend. :)
Blessings,

8 comments:

  1. Jenna,
    I love the duck! Your instructions were very good - I think anyone could learn to make a pom-pom critter from them.

    BTW: What happens when a duck flies upside down?

    He quacks up!

    Keep up the good work - Love, Grandma

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  2. Thank you, Grandma! That's a funny joke :) Hope to see you soon! Love, Rose

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  3. This is awesome, Rose! Your instructions are clear and easy to follow, and the photos show the how-to so well! The duck turned out SO cute. I especially love how the blog post ended with "Quack!" lol :>) Keep on blogging!

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  4. (my comments seem to keep disappearing... I'm trying again)
    This is awesome, Rose! Your instructions are clear and easy to understand, plus your photos show the how-to-do-it so well! The duck is SO cute. I especially love how you ended the blog post with "Quack!" Made me laugh :>) You should blog again soon ♥

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  5. Thanks, Aunty Karen! I hope I will blog again soon! Love, Rose

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  6. That is so cute, Rose! You did a great job! :)

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  7. So good to meet you Rose!

    I learned so very much from this tutorial and I'm sure that my daughter {age5} would really like to learn this too!

    I'm looking forward to learning more from you in the future:-)!

    In Christ,

    Your mama's friend~Amanda

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  8. Thank you, Mrs. Joy and Mrs. Amanda!

    Mrs. Amanda, I really hope your daughter has fun making her duck!

    ♥ Rose

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