For me, one of the happier places on earth is at my family’s cabin on Bear Island Lake in Northern Minnesota. This year, during our summer holiday, I coerced my family into joining me for pom-pom making on the dock. They may have been hesitant at first, but these pictures prove that crafting really is fun for everyone.
Pom-poms made with the Clover pom-pom maker are so irresistibly dense and perfect, and the “reveal” moment when each section is pulled apart…would unbridled joy be going to far? (Maybe.) Check out our craft session below, then make some with your family.
Start with various colorful yarns…
Wind the yarn around both sides of the pom-pom maker…
Close it up…
Snip! Then, while the pom-pom maker is still closed, tie the pom tightly in the middle with another piece of yarn, leaving two long tails.
My mom’s perfect navy pom.
Used as a cap topper! Just tie the pom around the little button on the top of your favorite baseball hat.
Dad made a pom cap, too…and fished in it.
A tiny pom zipper pull. Pull the tails of your pom through the zipper pull on a sweatshirt and tie.
And a pom as a cord cinch on a brimmed hat. Tie the pom around the bead of the pull on the hat string.
Pom pops of color.
Summer is the perfect time to play, so go put a pom-pom on it!
Erin Furey is the Assistant Style Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings and loves to make things with her hands. Follow Erin on Instagram @fureyfurey.