I LOVE pom poms and am totally addicted to making them. Each season I’ve been trying to find new ways to incorporate them into some sort of decoration, so for St. Patty’s Day I created the Pom Pom Tree! My other pom pom projects can be found here and here. This project is super easy and very very cheap.
I got the idea for this project yesterday when I was taking Sadie for a walk and noticed there were lots of sticks on the ground. I figured there has to be something I can do with these, so I picked up a couple and brainstormed a bit and this is what I came up with.
To make your own St. Patty’s Day Pom Pom Tree, here’s what you’ll need:
-yarn, in your favorite St. Patty’s Day coordinating colors
– 3 petite sticks
-white acrylic paint and paint brush
Make five pom poms. A tutorial can be found here. To make the multicolor pom pom, follow the insturctions like you normally would but use two different color strands of yarn.
Paint the sticks and let them dry.
Tie the pom poms to the end of the sticks and place in a mason jar. Enjoy your new festive centerpiece!
Our living room has been in need of a clock for a while now. I know from experience that it can get a little annoying if every time you want to check the time you have to peek into the kitchen at the microwave . It’s especially annoying if you need the time in a pinch and the clock just says “:20” because you forgot to hit the clear button after nuking that casserole for dinner last night. I was finally fed up with this minor inconvenience and made a clock.
I’ve actually had the materials for this project for some time now but I have just been putting off making it because I wasn’t sure if it would really turn out plus the clock mechanism looked a little intimidating. I thought starting this project would be some long process that would take forever but that actually couldn’t be further from the truth! The clock actually came together quite quickly and I am super happy with how it turned out. Plus now I don’t need to hit the clear button on the microwave every time I want to know what time it is!
This project is a really fun and mindless craft and perfect for working on over the course of a couple days. If you’ve been around for a while you have probably noticed that’s how most of my projects are, mindless stuff you can do in a couple days while watching your favorite shows/movies. It’s sorta my thing…I craft, I eat, I sleep….hehehehe.
To make this awesome clock, here’s what you’ll need:
black embroidery floss
Type up the numbers in the font and size you want in your favorite word processor. I used Google Docs with the font “Roboto Condensed” in size 96. Print and cut out all your numbers.
Grab a big sheet of paper that’s larger than your hoop, or just tape a few sheets together like I did, and trace the inside of the hoop.
Arrange the numbers around the circle and tape in place.
Now it’s time to trace the numbers on the fabric. Since the fabric I used was too thick to see the numbers through it, I put a lamp under a glass table and traced. If you don’t have a glass table use the window on a sunny day!
After all the numbers are traced on, lightly trace the inside of the hoop onto the fabric. Arrange fabric on the inner loop and slide the outer loop on. Using the lightly traced circle as a guide, gently pull the fabric in small pieces at a time to get the clock as centered and tight as possible.
Embroider the numbers.
1. Using the photos as a guide, pick your starting point and pull threaded needle from the back to the front.
2. Insert the needle about 1/8in away from where you just pulled the thread through along the tracing.
3. Pull tight. Insert needle from the back about 1/8in away from last stitch.
4. Insert needle it into the previous stitch, like the last photo on the right shows. And keep repeating these steps for all the numbers.
The numbers are finally done!
Find the center of the clock and make a hole just big enough for the clock shaft to fit through.
Attach the clock mechanism.
Attach the hands by following the package instructions.
To help support the clock part, use scrap yarn to attach the hoop to the clock like I did here.
Give the clock on last glance and tug the fabric tight from the front. Now, take some embroidery thread and string through the left over fabric in the back.
Cut the excess so the clock can hang flat, but don’t over trim. It’s important to no over trim because the fabric will become loose over time and you’ll want to have a bit of extra fabric to tighten it down the road.
Hang on your favorite wall, and never be late again!
Happy Monday my friends! Last week I worked up these color block iPhone covers and thought it would be a great project to share with you today. In case you missed it, a couple weeks ago I decked out my cellphone case with nail polish which you can check out here. The nail polish and clear glaze I used to seal it with really strengthened the cheap clear case, and it makes for a nice and hard protective barrier to future falls. I was very happy with how it turned out, so now I figured it was time to make a colorful cover to match.
Since I typically just through my phone in my purse and go I figured it would be a good idea to make a little case for it so it won’t get all scratched up. I know I could probably just buy a screen protector but I really don’t like them because you can always tell they’re there. I’m never able to get it smooth or on straight which is super annoying….hence, the color block cover was born.
This cover is knit in the round and is a great project for the beginner knitter who wants to get used to using double pointed needles.
I designed this cover to fit the iPhone 5s but it can be customized to fit any size cellphone. The great thing about knitting in the round is you can try it on as you go, so if it ends up a little too tight, just unravel and cast on more stitches. Too loose? Take away some of those cast on stitches.
To make this awesome cover, here’s what you’ll need:
worsted weight acrylic yarn in two pretty colors
set of US size 5 double pointed needles
tiny crochet hook or yarn needle
button, thread and needle
Cast on 24 stitches. Arrange stitches so there are 8 on each needle. Taking care to not twist your stitches, knit in the round until the piece measures 5.25 inches (or until it covers your cell phone).
Bind off leaving a long tail thats about an arms length.
The cast on edge is going to be the top open edge of the cover. Your edges will probably be curled and thats ok because its just the nature of the stockinette stitch. Sometimes the curling can be a nuisance but I think the curled edge looks really cute in this case!
Turn the cover inside out, and on the bind off edge stitch the seam together. You can use a yarn needle to stitch the seam closed. I personally prefer to use a small crochet hook for this. Using the inside loops of the bind off edge, slip stitch the seam closed.
Secure and weave in loose ends.
Turn the cover right side out and flatten the piece. Put two stitch markers to mark the right and left sides then take a third marker to mark the center.
Making the strap:
Measure about an inch from the cast on edge. Using the center stitch marker as a guide for centering the strap, pick up 7 stitches by inserting the hook into the piece just like I did in the photo.
Grab your contrasting colored yarn, and knit as usual. This is what you should have.
Knit back and forth in rows for about 3- 3.5 inches.
Knit 2, k2tog, yarn over, knit 3.
Knit for 6 more rows, bind off and weave in ends. Find a small cute button, and sew onto the piece and your done!
Slide the phone into case and throw into your purse! Good to go. 🙂
Lately I have noticed pom pom wreaths popping up all over the place and am excited to have finally made my own and share how I did it! I love the warm fuzzy feel it adds to the room, and I plan on making more in a few different colors or maybe even a giant one. Our apartment is finally all decorated for Christmas with our lights, tree and now this little wreath.
I made some cute crochet snowman ornaments, and yarn chained garland so stay tuned for those projects coming up this week.
Now on to the important stuff…despite the large number of photos in my tutorial, the wreath actually works up pretty quickly and is not difficult at all to do (I promise!). I split my tutorial up into two chunks, with the first part showing how to make a pom pom, and the second on how to assemble the wreath.
This is a great project for using up scrap yarn that might be lying around the house. I made mine with white and soft white Red Heart Yarn, and some cream colored wool. I am really happy with the way it turned out and even happier I already had all the materials on hand so this project was free for me. Yay!
Pom Pom Tutorial
yarn (worsted weight or thicker)
crochet hook, pen, or long skinny stick
Wrap yarn around your hand until you get it nice and thick like in picture #2. Next Cut a piece of scrap yarn thats about 12 inches. This scrap piece will be used for securing your pom pom.
Next, take that piece of scrap yarn and use a crochet hook/pen/long skinny stick to poke it down between your fingers (middle and ring finger) like in picture #4, pull it so that half the string is in your palm and the other half is on the back of your hand.
Take the half thats on the back side of your hand and slip it between your middle and ring finger tips like in picture #5. Tie the two strands as best as you can.
Slip the yarn off your fingers and pull the knot tight. Flip the yarn over and knot the other side. Your pom pom form should look like a bun. Cut the strands around the “bun” taking care to not cut your long securing strands. The securing strands are used for tying the pom poms to whatever you are making.
Fluff up your pom pom to see how it looks. Trim where you see fit. I like to trim mine a lot as the more you trim it, the more dense your pom pom! Make them in bunches for wreaths, gift toppers, garland, ornaments, and more!
Also, save your scraps!! As you can see here all my pom pom trimmings added up. I ended up with a huge pile of little yarn shavings that I just couldn’t bring myself to throw away so I gathered them all into a little baggy to save for stuffing for my next amigurumi project. These little yarn scraps are a great fiberfil substitute when you’re in a pinch!
Pom Pom Wreath Tutorial
pom poms (I used 24 total. 8 soft white, 8 white, 8 cream)
Arrange your pom poms into 2 circles in the shape of your wreath. My circles consist of 8 pom poms in inner circle and 16 pom poms in my outer circle.
Take 3 pipe cleaners and twist them together to make one thick strand. Take another 3 pipe cleaners and do the same thing. Twist the two thick pipe cleaner strands together and form a circle to the size of your inner pom pom circle.
Tie the pom poms to your pipe cleaner circle with those long securing strand tails.
Once your inner circle is done, do the same thing for large circle. I used 4 thick pipe cleaner strands to make the big circle.
Now that both circles have all your pom poms attached, put your small circle inside the big circle and have the pipe cleaner side facing up. Take one tail from each inner pom pom and it tie it to the tail of an outer circle pom pom just like in picture #17.
Now that your inner and outer circles are connected, flip your wreath over so you can see the pretty side. If yours is like mine, you’ll see in picture #18 I have some gaps in my wreath.
For wreath gaps, you can do one of two things, either add in more pom poms to fill those gaps, or do what I did and just take the tails from the inner and outer circle and tie them in the front (demonstrated in photo #19) to fill in the holes. Once you get the wreath how you like it, cut all the tails to blend in with the pom poms.
To hang, just take another pipe cleaner bend it in half, and twist it a bit and attach it to the outer circle of your wreath.
Flip the wreath back over, fluff it up, and hang it on your favorite wall or door.
Marvel at all your hard work, and enjoy all the yarn glory!!
When I lived in Wilmington one of my favorite things to do was go to the beach, my second favorite thing to do was drive around looking at all the gorgeous beach houses that I hope to one day live in…a girl can dream! One thing a lot of beach houses had in common (that I absolutely loved) was sheer curtains hanging on the porches. Driving by those homes with the whimsical sheers blowing in the warm wind made me want to sit on their porch and read a great book.
I am no longer in Wilmington by the beach but I figured why not bring some beach-y-ness and whimsy to my little apartment! Not only does it create a magical and relaxing outdoor experience but it also adds privacy while I’m outside on my tiny porch. We are lucky enough to be on the third floor with a pretty flowering tree right next to us, so we do have some privacy already but the sheers really top it off.
This is a cheap project that can really add a lot to a small outdoor space. It was super cheap for me because I already had the rods and sheers. All I had to buy was the hanging hardware, which I am sure is somewhere, but couldn’t find the pieces.
DIY: $30 Whimsical Porch
2 adjustable Walmart curtain rods, nails and hardware should be included – $5
4 sheer panels, whatever length you want, mine are 84″ – $20-25
Figure out the length you want the curtain rod to be and nail in the hardware.
Clip in the curtain rod and make sure its level (or close to it, it doesn’t have to be perfect). Take down the rod, and slide on the curtains and clip rod back into place. You’re done, enjoy!