Pom poms—fuzzy balls that come in all sizes and colors, including metallic and glitter—are a common craft supply. They are easy and appropriate for crafters of any age to use. And the crafts you can create with poms poms are limited only by your imagination. If you can't find the pom pom you are looking for, you can make your own with instructions on Kid-Craft-Central.com.
Pom Pom Butterfly
For this craft, you'll need four pom poms measuring ¾ inches, glue, felt or any stiff fabric, a strip of magnet and scissors. Start by cutting the shape of butterfly wings out of the felt or fabric. All four wings should be connected. A simple shape works best for this project. The pom poms serve as the body, so use that as a size guide for the wings. Glue the pom poms to the wings and to each other, forming the body. Let this dry completely. Once dried, you can embellish the butterfly however you wish, keeping in mind that the felt must be able to support the embellishments. Different colors of felt cut into shapes can be glued to the wings, as can lace, rick-rack or sequins. You can also use a marker to draw designs on the butterfly wings. Use a black marker to make eyes on the top pom pom. Artificial flower stamens can be glued to the top pom pom as antennae. When the glue has dried on all the embellishments, glue the magnetic strip to the under-side of the wings. Let this dry completely before hanging.
If you want your pom pom craft to be useful, try making this simple tic-tac-toe game. This project be an appropriate gift for children ages 4 and up. It's also simple enough for children that age to make.
Cut a piece of felt into a 7-inch square. Divide it into a 3-by-3 grid, with each square being 2 inches square and leaving a ¼-inch border around the edge and between each square. The border and grid can be made out of a contrasting fabric, ribbon, rick-rack or drawn on with a permanent marker.
Choose two colors of 1½-inch pom poms. You will need five of each. Cut feet out of complementary colors of felt. The feet should be simple—a rough heart shape will do—yet large enough to provide the pom poms a solid base. Glue the feet to the pom poms and glue googly eyes to the top, making little creatures that will be the playing pieces for the game.
Pom Pom Chicks
Three yellow pom poms turn into Easter-ready chicks with a few details and a nest. For this craft, you will need three medium-sized yellow pom poms. The actual size is up to you and is restricted by the size of nest you plan to put them in. Use two small black beads or small googly eyes for the chick's eyes. Dip them in glue and affix them toward the top of the front of the pom pom. Fold a piece of orange felt in half and cut out a small triangle, with the fold at the long edge, for each chick's beak. Run a line of glue along the fold and stick that just below the chick's eyes. Let these dry completely and arrange in a store-bought craft nest, or make your own using a crushed brown lunch bag decorated with twigs and dried leaves the kids can collect.
A freelancer from South Dakota, Maria Tussing has been writing since 2000. She has been published in "Family Fish & Game," "Wondertime," "Today's Horse" and "Cattle Business Weekly," among other publications. Tussing holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Chadron State College.