Spring is trying to make an appearance in Utah! My crocus blooms are up, and I see other shoots of spring green in my landscape. Today’s project is a good one if you have Spring fever! These cute little pom-pom DIY sheep are darling in a display with faux grass or forsythia picks. Yet the soft yarn pom poms are fun to make while still bundled up indoors.
Supplies needed to make your own pom pom DIY sheep:
- Caron Off Wihte One Pound Yarn
- Clover Large Pom Pom Maker
- Darice Black Yarn Pom Poms
- Black Chenille Stems
- Small Gold Bells for Crafts
- Black Craft Felt
- Scissors – Titanium Micro Tip – 5 inches
- Hot Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Ribbon of your choice
Begin by opening your pom pom maker. It looks kind-of weird. The package I had contained two different sizes of pom pom makers. This is the larger size. Fold both sides down, but keep them together- as shown.
Start winding your selected yarn around the sides of the pom pom maker “arches.”
I didn’t tie a knot, or secure it in any way. Just start winding. I kept the yarn taught as I wound, and tried to keep the yarn strands straight. (This makes for a more even pom-pom, and less trimming later)
Continue to wind until the whole arch of the pom pom maker is covered. You will want to make the yarn thick, but still allow the pom pom maker to snap closed. Repeat for the other side.
Close your pom pom maker.
Don’t be concerned with any dangling end yarn pieces.
Turn your pom pom maker on its side. There is a groove on both of the end pieces of the pom pom maker. Using sharp scissors, begin cutting the yarn, moving the scissors in the groove to keep both sides even.
I like to use micro-tip scissors for this. They have a finer blade, and were easier on my hands.
Repeat for the other side.
Look at that yarn macaron! Once both sides are cut- DO NOT OPEN your pom pom maker. (Yet!)
Cut a section of yarn off of your skein. Feed the yarn into the groove of the pom pom maker, and pull your yarn really tight.
Tie a double knot, and leave the ends of the tied yarn piece.
Gently pull the side arches down.
Then wiggle the pom pom maker apart (there is a center pin) to remove the entire pom pom maker from your yarn.
Then, using sharp scissors, give your little pom pom a haircut to even out strands that stick out a bit.
If you are using your pom poms to tie onto a wreath or other craft, leave the yarn ends you used to tie the pom pom with. For this project, go ahead and trim them along with the rest of the pom pom.
This shows you the size difference between the two pom pom makers.
Next, we are going to add some character to the DIY sheep.
Using black felt, cut two appropriate sized ears.
Using a little dab of hot glue, pinch the bottom of the ears to give them some dimension.
Select black (ready made) pom poms, and black chenille stems.
Trim the chenille stems into four legs. (About 1-2″ pieces)
Using hot glue, adhere the ears to the black pom pom, and attach it to your sheep.
Using a little dab of hot glue, attach each leg.
I finished off my sheep with a gingham bow, and the cutest little bell. (Link in supplies list!)
Then I put my little DIY sheep out to pasture on this Spring Tray that I made last year. (Another fun companion project!)
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).