How to Make a Pom-Pom with a Clover Pom-Pom Maker

Looking for a unique embellishment on a gift or a decoration for a party? Make pom-poms in assorted colors with the Clover Pom-Pom Maker to add a fun twist to your DIY.

Instructions from the Clover website.

Buy the Clover pom-pom maker here.



1. Wind your selected fiber on each “half moon” shaped arm of the pom-pom maker.  Use more yarn for a fuller pom-pom.
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2. With the arms closed, insert a sharp set of scissors into the groove and cut the fiber loops.  When done you should be able to see the center all the way around the pom-
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3. Insert a length of fiber, cord, yarn around the groove, pull tight and tie in place.  This piece holds the pom-pom pieces together so make sure it is tight enough to hold those fibers in place and the double knot is tight enough to prevent it from ever loosening.

4. Pull the tool in half setting your pom-pom free.  Now just fluff and shape it by hand and trim to suit your purposes.


Product We Love: String Creations Map

miy-map-1The Bucilla String Creations Map is the perfect project for both beginner and advanced crafters. The best part? It’s completely customizable! Use your favorite materials to create a keepsake perfect for your space.

Materials for Our Project:

  • Bucilla String Creations Stitch Blanks Map
  • Acrylic paint in desired colors (we did an ombre effect with purples)
  • Paint brushes
  • Yarn
  • Pencil

Size: 8″-wide

Assemble the Map:

1. Trace a heart shape on the map with a pencil. (Do it over a state you live in or a region you love!)

2. Paint the bottom third of the map with lightest color purple.

3. Avoiding the heart, paint the middle of the map with a slightly darker color purple. Slightly mix the edge of the colors to blend them together.

4. Using the darkest color purple, repeat step three at the top third of the map.

Tip: Dip a clean paintbrush into water. Lightly dab excess water onto a paper towel and then paint over the edges of each color. This will help the paints to better blend together, making the ombre more gradual.

5. Fill in the drawn heart shape with your desired color paint.

6. Once the paint has completely dried, thread the yarn through a needle and weave in and out of the holes in desired pattern (we did heart outlines). Tie the yarn in a knot to secure at the back, and cut the excess off.
map-3A great option to plot a road trip, document a vacation, or even as a gift to a long-distance friend or relative, the String Creations map gives crafters of all ages room to express creativity through coloring, painting and embroidery. This budget-friendly product costs less than $6 and is a craft the entire family can enjoy!

Get more info on the Bucilla String Creations Stitch Blanks map here.

Product We Love: Mint Stamp Maker

The Mint Stamp Maker from Silhouette uses thermal printing technology to turn any image into a stamp. Use the included software to print your image onto a stamp sheet, then mount the image on the wood block, and add ink!


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Don’t want to design your own? Get a jumpstart on holiday crafting by grabbing our free stamp designs!


Featured on page 11 of Fall/Winter 2016 Make It Yourself.


Download the PDF here.

Product We Love: Fringe Scissors


Make easy, perfect fringe with Martha Stewart’s Fringe Scissors. Five nonstick blades and an ergonomic handle speed up the work while making consistent and even cuts.

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This vase starts with a book-page strip cut long enough to fit around the circumference of the vase. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, and cut into the folded edge with fringe scissors. Unfold the strip, attaching the uncut edges to the vase and letting the folded edge bow out.

Have you used this product? Share tips for working with it in the comments below!