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I came across an adorable Japanese craft book this year outlining how to make ‘pom pom’ animals and was inspired to try out a few of my own that are especially perfect for the summer months! I recommend using handmade pom poms for these, but store bought will do too. To make your own pom poms, you can easily buy a pom pom maker at your local craft store.
- yarn in various colors or store bought shaggy pom poms
- small black beads
- blue, pink and white felt
- black embroidery floss
- glue, scissors
To make this super sweet whale, use a medium sized light blue pom pom or make your own with blue yarn. Cut out two semi circle ‘fins’ and a ‘tail’ out of matching blue felt and glue onto the pom pom body. Glue two black beads to make eyes, and a whisp of black embroidery floss to make a smile.
For your jellyfish, you will need to tie a few loose pieces of yarn together tightly, then tie those tightly around your yarn pom pom. Cut out some small circles for the eyes out of white felt, and a tiny mouth out of pink felt. Assemble these pieces together with glue, then add some black beads to your jellyfish’s eyes to complete this cute sea creature.
The sea urchin is perhaps the cutest animal out of these three, and the easiest to make! Simply glue two black beads close together on the front of a ‘shaggy’ yarn pom pom.
Display your adorable sea creatures on some shells for the summer months, or add magnets to the back for a quick and fun addition to the refrigerator! Think of more creatures you could make with pom poms… like sharks, snails and fish.
Ashley Lucas is an illustrator and crafty girl with her own business, called Lady Lucas, that offers adorable handmade goods and art to the public. Visit her online to see her whimsical artwork, cute characters, and free crafting ideas in her Etsy Shop and www.ladylucas.com. If you have any questions you’d like to ask about her tutorials, she’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org!