Monday, January 21, 2013

Valentine Pom Poms

All wreathed out lately?   Enthused about the recent pom pom craze ?  I love wreaths and I love making them.  But I didn’t want to make a Valentine Wreath this year. 
I admit, I don’t decorate for Valentine’s Day. But this project is just enough to bring a little welcoming love to the front door.
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Since all I have to do is remove the picture that usually hangs in the entrance and replace it with this frame, a little Valentine’s decoration has finally made it to the Recaptured Charm household.
Starting with some very basic supplies and an empty frame of your choice, this project will take you all of a couple of hours to make.
If you have an empty frame already you can cut your costs right there.  A piece of black bristol board for the back, some white sparkly yarn and a valentine’s wall hanging from Michael’s Craft Store makes up the rest of it.
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Making the pom poms takes up the bulk of the time, but I chose a very simple, easy and quick way to get them done.  I cut out a piece of cardboard to wrap my yarn around ensuring that they would all be  as close in size as possible.  I also counted the amount of times I wrapped the yarn around the cardboard.
You don’t have to do it this way.  You can wrap the yarn around your fingers and estimate the amount of wraps but the first few I made that way ended up very different.
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Once you have wrapped the yarn, carefully slide it off the cardboard.  Cut another piece of yarn about 6 inches long and tie the bunch together in the middle.
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Cut all the loops on both sides and fluff up.
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You’ll end up with some very oddball looking pom poms, but not to worry, you’ll give each one a proper hair cut and round them out.
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Cut your bristol board to fit in the back of the frame.  You could certainly do this with any colour frame and background.  Imagine the choices! 
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To brace the bristol board and give it more stability, use spare cardboard cut to fit the back of the frame.  I had spare pieces of hardboard and used that.
You can use finishing nails or staple the sides to keep it all in place.
I found this wall hanging at Michaels. Although I loved the added pink, I couldn’t use it for this project.
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I took white paper, taped it together and cut it to fit the large red heart and hot glued it to the back.
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You can use whatever you have here for the next step.  In order to make the heart a little more 3D I wanted to lift the heart from the background.  I used little adhesive, rubber bumper pads.  I put two together to get the lift I wanted.  NOTE:  Even though they have adhesive I still hot glued two together and hot glued them to the heart and bristol board.  If you don’t use hot glue, they won’t stick.
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Hot glue to the backing.
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Arrange your pom poms and hot glue them to the white paper.
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I hot glued the small solid heart  to the pom poms and a little ribbon to the heart.  I found this Valentine lettering in the scrapbook section of Michaels.  I thought it was perfect to finish it off.  Even though it had two sided tape on it, I glued it to the heart anyway.  (You can never be too careful!)
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A few other little decorations came with the valentine lettering and I used one of them at the bottom.
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So there you have it.  A little different than hanging the usual wreath and just as impressive.
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This project is dedicated to my Mr. Charming. 
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  1. That is sooooo cute!!!! I may have to go to michaels today and buy some supplies!

  2. Love your project...especially the pompoms! They also remind me of those beautiful mum corsages in the me an idea for a fall wreath, too! Thanks so much!

  3. So pretty Lisa ~ I have not made pom poms in years ~ will have to keep your directions handy for future reference.

  4. I love this Lisa! It's so fun and festive for Valentine's Day. Can you believe I have never made a pom pom. I will have to give it a try. Hope all is well with you.

  5. Love the pom poms! So fun and whimsical for Valentine's Day! I'll be featuring these on my blog tomorrow!


  6. What a creative and lovely idea! Love it! :)

  7. So cute!
    And I have to say, I LOVE the lantern you have – where did you get it?! :)

  8. Very nice. I'd love to have you link this to What to Do Weekends Party. It's a nice thing to do on the weekend, don't you think? Take care, Linda

  9. What a lovely and cute wreath you have here Lisa! It will recaptured love on Valentine’s Day.

  10. I love Flea Market Style (have been pouring over the current issue). Very nice. Best wishes, Linda

    Following on several platforms also and found you on Hometalk, too.

  11. You're a STAR tonight over at I Gotta Create! These pompoms are so amazingly fluffy!! Love <3

    Thanks so much for linking up,
    <3 Christina

  12. Wow, I love your pompom and this is a perfect gift for this coming Valentine’s Day.

  13. Lisa just popped by, love the hearts and pom poms.
    I'm your newest Canadian follower...

  14. My kids would love making this with me! Maybe I can come up with a summer version of this wreath (instead of the heart) to make with the kids -- I will have to hit the Dollar Store!

  15. Lovely pom poms ! These are so cute and adorable! !

    Martin Jonson
    pom poms
    paper pom poms


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