Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Last Minute Valentines
We're battening down the hatches here in North Wales as the storm rages outside. No one wants to venture out unless absolutely unavoidable! Happily I'm in no danger of floods, but if you can't get to the shops to buy a Valentine's rose for your special other you might be able to make one of my pom pom roses (or even a bunch) instead - yes, pom pom mania is still going strong in my house!
Hopefully you'll have everything you need at hand or something very similar. I used a Clover pom pom maker and dark red acrylic yarn for my pom pom - you can use the old cardboard ring method (video here) or even just your hands and a scissors - here's a great video showing you how. You can even make them in bulk - Flax & Twine show how here - I haven't tried it but this method looks like fun!
Once you have your pom pom find a wooden kebab stick (really cheap in the supermarket) or a twig from the garden and push the pointy end through the centre of the pom pom. I cut the sharp point off the kebab stick once it was through. I used a hot glue gun to put a blob on the end of the stick and pushed the yarn strands into it to attach. I threaded on stamped office tags and tied green raffia under the pom pom to represent leaves. You could use felt or even just green card to make leaves and hand write a message instead.
Well the electricity has just gone off so I'll finish and find some candles now before the laptop battery dies. Hope you are safe where you are and keep warm!