After spending lots of time working on Avery's nursery, things were finally coming together. The room was painted, the crib was set up, the decorations were coming in. One of my last DIY projects were these fabric pom poms. Of course, these were Pinspired. But most of the tutorials used lanterns and hot glue. I couldn't imagine hot gluing every one of the fabric circles into these balls, so I tried it a different way. I used styrofoam balls as my base and pinned in the fabric. It was a simple but LONG process. Now that it's said and done, I would spend countless hours making these again. They really bring the nursery together, they are without a doubt my favorite project in her room.
Styrofoam Balls (I used 6 inch for the light pink and 8 inch for the dark pink
Fabric (about 4 yards for the 2 light pink and 3 yards for the dark pink)
Lots and lots of sewing pins (I used over 500)
1. Iron fabric to get all of the creases out. This is optional, but it makes the tracing and cutting much easier.
2. Trace your circles. I used a spool of ribbon as my tracer and a disappearing fabric marker to make the circles.
3. Cut out the circles. I had to take breaks while doing this. I did a yard at a time.
4. To make the puffy circles for the poms, first fold the circle in half.
5. Then fold the fabric in half one more time.
6. Now, take a sewing pin and put it through the corner of the fabric.
7. Pin it into the styrofoam ball. Once it's in, fluff it out a bit. I pinned them in groups of 4 to make sure the area was covered and all pieces were fluffed out.
8. Continue until the entire ball is covered. It took me about 3 nights to finish all of the balls. I probably spent 2-3 hours each night working on them.
To hang them up, I just used grossgrain ribbon, sewing pins and a tack. I cut the ribbon the length I wanted to hang them from the ceiling. Then I pinned one end of the ribbon into the styrofoam, I used about 10 pins to keep it in. Then, I took a clear tack and stuck it into the ceiling. I used 2 tacks for the bigger ball. I will probably switch to nails eventually, but I did this on my own and didn't want to be 8 months pregnant, standing on a chair trying to hammer something into the ceiling. I already caught enough flack for putting them up myself with tacks.
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