Something Whimsical: Easter Crafts made with Pom-poms
Pom-poms are brightly colored, come in different sizes, they are so soft and cuddly, can be used to keep a toddler and preschooler busy for at least 20 minutes and create adorable holiday decorations! I love pom-poms!
I recently learned that March is National Crafting Month (thank you Martha Stewart’s Instagram). Normally, my preferred medium for crafting is paper. I love scrap-booking and card making, but those crafts require scissors and with two busy little boys who get into everything, having sharp objects around is not the best idea. In honor of National Crafting month, I wanted to find something whimsical that was toddler/preschooler friendly and craft related to bring to your attention. I wracked my brain, when I realized it was right in front of me. A and I completed a craft last month using pom-poms.
I was initially inspired to use pom-poms for crafting after seeing some adorable Valentine’s Day canvas decorations created by Haeley of Design Improvised, her 6 canvases were so cute, we had to try it. I loved the way my pom-pom and foam sticker hearts turned out.
Since we had so much fun making Valentine’s decorations, I decided it would be fun to make an Easter egg on a canvas using pastel colored pom-poms. Making the Easter egg canvas was really easy and A had a great time. There were a number of pom-poms left over, so we were able to make some Easter garlands too. Both crafts are a snap and when put all together with the foam decorations A and I did last year, it makes for a whimsical mantel!
I love the way the pom-pom garlands look that I might need to make some more for other holidays. I bet you could do some really cute green and gold for St. Patrick’s day!
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I made the Easter canvas and garland with 100 varied size pastel pom-poms and still had some pom-poms left over. I bought my pom-poms at my favorite local craft store, Ben Franklin, but I think you could easily find similar products at JoAnn’s or Michael’s. If you don’t have time to stop at the craft store, below will be affiliate links to find the supplies online.
What you need for the Pom-pom Egg Canvas
56-60 Pom-poms (any colors you would like, I used pastel colors)
Egg template or you can free hand it (I also think a bunny would be super cute!)
How to make the Pom-poms Egg canvas:
I used a felt egg template that I bought at Ben Franklin and pencil to trace the egg shape on to the canvas. If you have a steady hand you, could draw your egg or whatever Easter shape you would like. For St. Patrick’s day decorations, a shamrock could also be really cute or a rainbow!
After I had the shape I wanted, A & I laid out our color scheme. Once we figured out how we wanted to look, we began gluing the Pom-poms to the canvas. I tried to find the middle knot of the Pom-pom and place the glue there and then secure to the canvas. Repeat process until you have your shape covered with Pom-poms. Simple as that!
What you will need for the Easter Pom-poms Garland
24 Pom-poms (I used my left over pom-poms from my egg canvas.) 1 garland took 11 and the other 13.
Embroidery thread (use whatever color you like; I used white)
How to Make
Figure out what pattern you would like and how long you would like your garland to be. I wanted my garlands to span my fireplace and mirror. Thread your needle and make a knot at the end. Find the middle of pom-pom, insert the needle and pull the thread through. You can eye-ball or measure the distance between the pom-poms. I was able to make two garlands with remaining pom-poms. I used some easily removable plastic hooks to hang them.
Pom-pom Bonus: here are some other things you can do with pom-poms:
For Toddlers (adult supervision required, just in case they put the pom-poms in their mouth)
Fine motor skills: you need a clean plastic bottle with a large opening (I used a Gatorade bottle) and a package of pom-poms. This kept my toddler busy for at least 20 minutes!!
Hide and Seek: both my kiddos love hiding the pom-poms and then finding them.
Throwing the pom-poms was also a fun way to keep my little guys busy.
Color sorting and counting. All you need is a muffin tin and pom-poms, let the fun begin!
Painting: I have also seen people on Pinterest use the pom-poms and clothes pins to paint.
I hope this post has inspired you to do some crafting with your kiddos or to make some time to do some crafting for yourself!
I would love to see what you create send me an e-mail or post to Instagram with #discoveringwhimsy, #whatsyourwhimsy .
Don’t have time to craft now, pin and save for later!
Happy National Crafting Month and Happy St. Patrick’s day!