- Making Pom Poms with the Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker
- Making Pom Poms Tutorials:
- Making Pom Poms with the Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker:
- Also on the Blog:
- Cute DIY Pom-Pom Sheep With Video Tutorial
- DIY Pom Pom Sheep
- Can I Make This With Regular Pom Poms?
- What Can My Kids Do With This Sheep?
- How to Make a Pom Pom Sheep
- Related Content
- Llama Crafts: 18 adorable llama loving craft projects to inspire your creativity!
- Check out all the fabulous llama crafts featured in this book:
- HAPPY LLAMA STAMPERS
- LLAMA WEAVING
- PAPER SUN-CATCHERS
- LLAMA PLUSH
- YARN WRAPPED LLAMAS
- LLAMA NECKLACE
- LLAMA JACKET
- LLAMA FINGER PUPPETS
- LLAMA PENNANT BANNERS
- NEEDLE FELTED LLAMAS
- LLAMA PINBOARD
- LLAMA BASKETS
- LLAMA TASSEL BAG
- LLAMA PIN BROOCHES
- LLAMA PIÑATA
- LLAMA GARLANDS
- LLAMA PAPER MASKS
- LLAMA ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES
- TECHNIQUES for making tassels and pom-poms
- Llama Craft templates in black and white and color
- Materials and art supplies needed:
- SO WHAT IS A LLAMA?
- This amazing Llama Crafts book is available to order here:
- DIY Funny Pom Pom Sheep for Kids
- For this project, you’ll need:
- Step 2:
- Step 3:
- Step 4:
- Step 5:
- Step 6:
Making Pom Poms with the Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker
Pom poms, pom poms and more pom poms. They are everywhere this fall! Since you can find pom poms in so many places I wanted to be sure to show you how to make your own in a variety of different ways. This photo tutorial will show you how to use the Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker to start making pom poms today.
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Making Pom Poms Tutorials:
So far on the blog we have showed you how to make pom poms using your hands in our package topper tutorial. You can also find how to use the Clover pom pom makers in the video tutorial on .
Today let me show you how to use the Susan Bates Pom Pom maker to make even more pom poms for your projects.
- Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker
- Sharp Sissors
- Scrap yarn
Making Pom Poms with the Susan Bates Pom Pom Maker:
First you will need to gather the materials that are listed above. For this tutorial I am using some scraps of Super Saver Ombre and Red Heart Soft. Any weight and type of yarn will work.
Make sure to take the the pom pom makers the package, there are 4 different sizes included. In the package you will find a sheet that will give you some ideas on what to do with your pom poms. There are a bunch of cute animals to try making.
I have chosen to use the purple size. Select the size that you need for your project. I find that the smaller pom poms are easier to control and make but love the look of the big ones as well.
In your package you will find two ‘C’ shaped pieces for each color. Each piece has two parts set together. You will have to take them apart. Putting one of the flat sides and one of the sides with bumps together you are ready to get started.
The bumps put against the flat side will give you the space for cutting later.
Using your thumb you start off by holding the start of the yarn to the plastic ‘C’. Wrap your yarn around the tail a few times to hold it in place, then you won’t need to hold it anymore.
You will continue to wrap around the ‘C’ until you have it filled as much as you . The more you wrap the fuller your pom pom will be. As you work you can fill up the inside arch but make sure you don’t overfill it. At the most it should be flush with the feet of the ‘C’. If you fill it too much you won’t be able to join the two halves together.
This is an example of how full I to make my pom poms. You decide how you yours.
Once you have finished filling the first half you can snip the yarn and do the same steps with the other half. Once you have both sides full you will need to put them together.
In order to put together the two halves you will need to put the feet of one half and slip it into the open space on the other piece. Sometimes it can be a little tricky, keep working them until they go together. My tip is to work on one side and then the other. It helps make it easier.
Now it is time to start making the fluff of the pom pom. In the well that was created by putting a flat side and bumpy side together use your sharp pointed scissors to cut along the ridge.
Continue to cut across both sides of the pom pom maker. Once you are finished cutting you will start to see the traditional pom pom shape.
Using another piece of yarn, of the same color as your pom pom, tie a square knot around the cut pieces in the well.
After securing your cut pieces with a knot you will then take apart the pom pom maker to release the pom pom.
You may need to trim the sides of the pom pom giving it a round shape.
In your pom pom maker kit from Susan Bates you will have four different sizes. Select the one that fits best with the project that you are working on. Try adding different colors together. Wrap with one color and then another on the other half and test out all of the variations you can come up with. Have fun making pom poms for your next project.
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Cute DIY Pom-Pom Sheep With Video Tutorial
Oh my goodness! What a precious idea this little pom pom sheep is for Easter! I love crafts that are easy for kids to make, and this one is reminiscent of my childhood. A bit of glue and some yarn, and you have the perfect fun craft for kids. In fact, I remember making something similar not just at school but at church around Easter So much fun and great memories with this project.
DIY Pom Pom Sheep
It’s so fun to see something so basic and ordinary turn into such a cute idea. Especially when you see the joy in your kid’s eyes as they make this come to life.
As a mom, there is nothing as precious as seeing my child create something and look proud of their work. This simple little pom pom sheep is just such a project.
Easy to make, incredible to see come to life, and super fun for them to play with later.
If you have leftover scrap yarn and want to make some more pom poms, I have tons of ideas for using them. From this beautiful pom pom flower bouquet, to my tutorial for how to make a beautiful rug pom poms, you’ll love this fun crafting resource.
Can I Make This With Regular Pom Poms?
You sure can! While a regular pom pom won’t be as fluffy, you can definitely make these little sheep with a pom pom you bought in the craft store. Look for the largest ones possible to give this more life appearance.
If you can’t find larger pom poms, then you can glue a few together to make it look fluffier and fit the basic template of this yarn pom pom sheep. Kids will be excited about making it no matter what you use as the body for your sheep.
If using regular pom poms, you’ll love this cute idea for making an Easter chick pom poms. You might also want to check out this tutorial for an adorable pom pom Easter bunny. So cute and easy to make!
What Can My Kids Do With This Sheep?
So, they made sheep, now what? Often I get this question from moms and crafters on our page. A craft looks super cute, but what is it for How can you use it? Where should it be displayed? Below are a few of my ideas for using them around the house.
- Let your kids add them to their playhouses and play farms.
- Add them to your table decor at Easter along side other little crafts these rice filled sock bunnies, chickens, and decorative plastic Easter eggs.
- Make several and glue to cardboard and put inside a shadowbox to display.
- Add them to a flower bouquet or wreath. Check out this list of Easter wreaths for inspiration.
- Stick them in random places around the house as a simple additional decoration for Easter.
- Include them in your kids Easter basket this year along with some of these other non-candy Easter treats.
- Glue to a stick or dowel and place in potted plants in your house to be a cute display.
How to Make a Pom Pom Sheep
Begin by wrapping yarn around your fingers in a circle several times to create the pom pom. I usually wrap until it feels right, but you could do 20 times and see if that is enough.
Now, you will cut the end, and gently slip the yarn off your fingers, then tie a piece of the yarn around the center as shown below.
Next, you will slip your scissors through the loop of yarn on each side, and cut through as shown.
Once you have cut the sides, you will then use your scissors to trim around the sides as shown to make your pom pom even.
Now, use a pen to draw a head and ear shape for your pom pom sheep face then cut it out.
Glue your googly eyes to the sheep face, and then use a white marker or paint pen to add a smile as shown.
Glue your face onto the pom pom, then position the two mini pom poms below the face to create feet on your sheep.
Now, you can add this cute pom pom sheep to your Easter decorations!
I stock up on things craft glue, craft paper, and googly eyes on Dollar Tree’s website. The bulk boxes are much cheaper than the hobby stores, and they ship directly to my house!
Llama Crafts: 18 adorable llama loving craft projects to inspire your creativity!
We’ve had a lot of fun putting together these lovely llama craft projects for you in our fun new craft book Llama Crafts, so we hope you enjoy using this book as much as we enjoyed creating it.
Pinata, llama finger puppets, masks and basket templates
Yes, we love llamas, and I’m guessing you too love llamas as much as we do! If so, you’re in luck! There are all sorts of llamas in this brand new craft book – cute llamas, elegant llamas, smiling llamas, funny llamas and cuddly llamas – llamas are just so full of personality!
No drama llama, these llama crafts are going to whisk you away to your happy place. Fun and quirky, these popular fluffy animals are one of the latest spirit animal trends that everybody loves!
Llama crafts by Ellen Deakin from Happythought featuring 18 classic llama projects!
Beginners and experienced crafters can explore a variety of projects. Each of the llama craft projects comes with templates, a list of materials needed and all the inspiration to create your own llama art. There’s no shortage of ways that you can use this book. Perfect for activities, gifts, classroom projects and home fun craft decorations.
This colorful craft book is packed full of fun and inspiring diy llama craft projects.
It includes instructions and tutorials to make Llama papercraft ornaments, Llama wall prints, Llama finger puppets, Llama plushies, Llama T-shirts, Llama bags, a Llama piñata, DIY Llama necklace and so much more.
Our debut printed craft book, Llama Crafts, is published by the wonderful folk at Sky Pony Press. Have a llama-tastic day!
Llama Crafts book by Ellen Deakin
Check out all the fabulous llama crafts featured in this book:
Create fantastic llama crafts with 18 crafts featured in our book ‘Llama Crafts’
HAPPY LLAMA STAMPERS
Easy to make DIY stamps, using foam sheets from your local craft store. Create your own llama wrapping paper, llama wall art, garlands, llama greeting cards, and more. So creative!
These rustic little llamas are fun and easy to make! Make your own llama shaped weaving loom using sticks from your garden, or lolly pop sticks from the craft shop.
These llama sun catchers are fun and easy to make and will look jewel with the sun shining through, mini stained glass windows. This is a fun craft activity for younger children.
Make your very own adorable llama plush! These cuddly plushies are easy to make and full of charm and character. Add accessories to your llama and dress it up your own way with diy tassels, pom-poms and fabric scraps. So cute!
YARN WRAPPED LLAMAS
Wrap wool yarn around the cardboard template to make these wonderful standing DIY llama ornaments. Experiment with different colors and textures of yarn to create a diverse and colorful family of llamas!
Create these lovely llama charm necklaces using DIY clay charms, wool yarn, tassels and pom-poms. Make DIY llama charms using store bought polymer clay, or make your own salt dough.
Decorate and up-cycle a jacket to make a unique llama fashion statement! All you will need is a denim jacket, colorful paint and some imagination to give an old jacket a new lease of life! Llamaste!
LLAMA FINGER PUPPETS
This llama craft project is great for little fingers and can provide hours of fun and creative play. You can find the templates for this project in the back of the book, or alternatively create your own llama puppet designs!
Make an adorable felt llama banner!
LLAMA PENNANT BANNERS
Why not fill a wall with these lovely llama themed pennant banners? They are easy and fun to make and really lively up a bed room or living room. Add some fun details with glitter, beads and tassels for a really cheery display! Templates include a llama silhouette, cactus and mountains.
NEEDLE FELTED LLAMAS
These adorable llamas are created by sculpting shapes from unspun wool, using special needles to lock the fibers of wool together. Once you get the hang of the technique you can create wonderful llamas in no time at all. Llama love!
Is the llama your spirit animal? You can make your own DIY Llama shaped bulletin board or pin board using cardboard, fabric and ribbon. This is a no-sew project and you probably have most of the materials to hand already in your home!
These DIY llama craft baskets are perfect for party favours, special gifts or for storing wool, embroidery thread and ribbons. You can also add a greeting card or label and a adorable little paper tassel, all included in the craft book, along with the llama basket templates.
Make your own llama crafts with our fantastic ‘Llama Crafts’ book
LLAMA TASSEL BAG
Recycle a T-shirt to make this adorable no-sew bag. This is an easy and fun craft project. Customise your llama bag your way, with tassels, pompoms or beads. We love llamas!
LLAMA PIN BROOCHES
These loopy llama pin brooches are super easy to make. You can use the full color llama templates in this book, or colour in the black and white versions your own way. Add pom-poms, gems or glitter. No prob-llama – llama badges are all the rage!
Make your own adorable llama piñata for a fiesta or as a cute decoration for your home. Fill it with candies, treats and confetti, then pull the tassel to release the fun! Piñatas are fun to make – use old boxes to construct your llama, then cover it with fringed crepe paper.
Decorate your home or a party with this adorable llama garland. Paint your own colorful llamas and add tassels and cactus for a vibrant decoration. Store your llama garland carefully and use it year after year!
LLAMA PAPER MASKS
Make a lovely llama mask using the vibrant mask templates in this book, or color in and create your own version using the black and white template! These diy llama masks are easy and fun to make and perfect for a costume party or imaginative play time.
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LLAMA ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES
Yummy! Make these delicious llama shaped ice-cream sandwiches for your next fiesta! Decorate them with sweet patterns and colorful sprinkles. Our friend Jo created a delicious cookie recipe for you. The honey makes them chewy and delicious and just the right texture to hold the ice-cream. Llama-tastic!
TECHNIQUES for making tassels and pom-poms
The llama craft projects in this book feature a whole lot of colorful diy pom-poms and tassels! We show you various techniques for making your own. They are so pretty and surprisingly easy and fun to make. All you need is yarn and scissors.
Make the beautiful tassels and pom-poms
Llama Craft templates in black and white and color
You can find all the templates and patterns for the llama crafts at the back of the Llama Crafts book. The colorful llama templates are ready to cut out and use, so that you can get crafting straight away! The black and white llama templates are for tracing, scanning or photocopying. Have fun!
llama craft diy materials featured in the book Llama Crafts by Ellen Deakin
Materials and art supplies needed:
- Fabric in various colors
- Colorful Felt
- Wool yarn for pom-poms
- Embroidery thread for colorful tassels.
- Embroidery needles
- A sharp pair of scissors
- Colorful fabric paint
- Cushion stuffing
- Crepe paper
- Glue stick
- White liquid glue
- Colored card
- Contact film
- Colored pens and pencils
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- Clear tape, masking tape
- Foam sheets
SO WHAT IS A LLAMA?
A llama is a camel without a hump but it also has a woolly coat.
A llama is domesticated – it isn’t wild but always belongs to someone.
Where do llamas come from? Llamas come from the high mountains of the Andes in South American countries and most llamas live in or near the Andes.
Other countries now breed llamas for their wool, to use as pack animals on ranches, and even as guardians for herds of sheep. Another reason for bringing llamas to other countries is Llama Therapy.
Grownups and children can get a lot of help from contact and friendship with a llama!
Why do people keep llamas? In the past and in the mountains llamas were used as pack animals. They are big and strong with flat backs – perfect for loading up with a pack of goods for transport through mountain landscapes! Today llamas are kept and bred for their wool. Llama wool is warmer than sheep wool and less itchy. It is naturally ‘hypoallergenic’ so less ly to cause allergies.
Why do we love the llama? Could it be their funny faces? They look quite human in some ways, but their big eyes and banana-ears make them look surprised all the time.
Then they are woolly in an untidy comic way. Even their movements are comic, although they are fast and powerful as well. They are super-intelligent and can learn routines.
They live in close families, just us. Llamas are so loveable!
Create DIY llama crafts colorful pin brooches Make your own llama diy stamps!
This amazing Llama Crafts book is available to order here:
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DIY Funny Pom Pom Sheep for Kids
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved making pom poms. Even now that I’m an adult, I find that there’s just something to satisfying about not only making the fluffy pom poms from scratch themselves but also turning them into fun things.
Springtime is coming so, on top of looking for crafts that involve not only the techniques I enjoy most but also the ones my kids best, I’ve also been looking for cute crafts that my kids and I can make together to celebrate the new plants and baby animals that come with the snow melting.
That’s how we found ourselves making a whole flock of adorable little pom pom sheep last week!
As I always try to do, I decided to document the DIY process that went into making these adorable little yarn sheep, just in case other crafters want to see how they were made too. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Grey yarn
- Hot glue
- Black felt
- Pipe cleaner (black and fuzzy white)
- Googly eyes
Make your DIY yarn pom pom! There are plenty of ways to make a voluminous, sizeable pom pom out there and really any of them will work for this project.
You could choose to use an actual plastic pom pom maker, a homemade cardboard template, a fork, or even just your hand! I made mine by pinching a doubled over tie piece between the base of my middle and ring fingers, wrapping the live end of my ball of yarn around all four fingers held together, tying the first piece around the middle to cinch the new bundle, sliding it off my fingers, and cutting the ends (just you’ll see me do in the video). Make sure you fluff your pom pom nicely and trim its fringey tips all the way around so you get a nice, even sphere. This will be your sheep’s body!
Cut out your sheep’s face and ears from your sheet of black felt.
I cut a one inch by one inch square and two one inch by quarter inch rectangles and then rounded off the two bottom corners and side and bottom straight edges of each to get three oblong rounded shapes with straight top edges; two slimmer ones to be the ears and one wider shape to be the sheep’s face. Feel free to round, trim, narrow, or adjust your shapes as you please until you’re happy with how they look in reference to each other.
Fold your piece of black pipe cleaner in half so its ends meet evenly and cut it at the middle where it curves halfway down the pipe cleaner’s length.
Fold each of these halves in half again to cut those into two pieces as well, giving you four pieces of black pipe cleaner that are all the same length; each one a quarter of the original pipe cleaner.
Curl each of these four pieces over at one end, the same amount on each, to make four little legs with rounded feet on the bottoms.
Glue your googly eyes to your sheep’s face, the larger black felt piece that you cut out before, leaving enough space at the top where the straight edge is to add hair there in a moment.
Then take each of your two little felt ear shapes, apply a dot of glue to the straight edged end, and pinch each one so the corners of its straight edge come together but its rounded end stays open; it’ll resemble more of the shape of a sheep’s actual ear.
Now cut a piece from your curly, fluffy, or textured piece of pipe cleaner that is double the length of the top straight edge of your sheep’s face. Fold that piece in half so it’s doubled, apply glue along the straight top edge of the face, and stick the textured and doubled piece of pipe cleaner down there.
Turn the face around and apply a dot of glue on each side near the top on the back. Stick the ears down there at their pinched ends, so their rounded ends stick out to the side and the opened side faces the same way as the side with the googly eyes. You sheep now has a completed head! Apply glue to the back of the head and stick it to the pom pom body, wherever you want it to sit or think it looks best.
Now you’ll glue your pipe cleaner legs onto the bottom of your pom pom, or your sheep’s body! Trim them to whatever length suits your pom pom best.
Apply glue to the uncurled end or each one and stick all four evenly in a square on the bottom of the sheep so the little rounded feet stick out.
Finally, use one of your little trimmed black pipe cleaner ends as a tail! Apply glue to one of the piece’s tips and stick it to the back of your sheep, on the opposite side of where you stuck down the head.
That’s really all there is to it! Feel free to get create with your wool colours or even use this basic technique but with different details to try and make other kinds of pom pom animals. Just in case you’d to try this project out for yourself, here’s a fantastic tutorial video to help you!