After making those flower pompoms, I couldn’t help making more. Maybe it’s called procrastination. I have hundreds of other things on my to-do list, but then this week I thought, well, hey let’s just make more pompoms!
Among many other ideas, I went for having a go at animal pompoms. It’s just that kids love animals most and that’s what matters here on Mr P! They are a little more difficult to make if you’ve never tried making pompoms, so in that case, start with the flower pompoms here then you’ll be able to easily move on to more complex designs.
Basically the method is the same. Start with good simple designs that are not too tricky to achieve. Draw your design neatly on paper first so you can follow it clearly. See the flower pompom tutorial if you need to get used to the basic process, because I’ve skipped a few steps in this post.
Start with the nose and mouth in the middle, wrap around the surrounding face color on top of this, a little wrapping floating in the middle for the eyes then finishing with more face color. Then you’ll need to make animal ears.
Place a pencil (or your finger) on one end and wrap extra yarn around it a bit like this. Make sure this is the top of the head end, during one of my many dips in concentration I put the ears on the jaw line – you don’t want to end up with a mutant animal. : ( But then pompoms are good to make while thinking about something else at the same time so if it happens and you notice that the ears are in the wrong place when you cut it, just move the longer ear parts to the other side before you finally tie up the pompom.
I had a comment from a reader who thought my pompoms looked perfect and hers weren’t. My answer was that it’s all in the trimming. So I took a photo of the animals before the trimming this time. If your pompoms look like this below at first don’t worry!
Before the trimming: a sad koala.
Yay! After some careful trimming, your pompoms will find their identity. A happy koala!
Here are more detailed step-by-step photos showing how to make a lion pompom.
I’m still using the same cardboard pompom maker I used for the flowers. They don’t look very presentable but work fine. ^ ^
The pics show the top & side view of wrapping the nose part and then the white bits around the mouth over the nose.
After you wrap some face color all over then add a little bit of black on top where the eyes would be.
Then wrap more face color to finish off the whole face.
To make the lion’s mane, place two pencils (or anything that works for this purpose) as in the picture so you can wrap longer yarn all around. Take out the pencils and do the rest of the steps to finish.
Here again, the lion before you give him a good haircut.
And after the trimming. A clean shaven proud lion!
I should’ve made male and female lions so they could be a couple, but the mane part is quite fun to add so here they are. Two lion boys – the best of friends!
Hope you’ve enjoyed my DIY pom-pom tutorials so far – have a go! Especially when you have more pressing (but less enjoyable) things to do… : )