On Saturday I explained how to do Frida hair and how you could use flowers and natural plant material. The main problem with using fresh flowers and leaves is that the rarely last longer than one day. So the pom pom crown is a great way to create something that looks like a floral head-dress. By using lots of different colours and weights of yarn you get some of the effects of flowers. If you want the floral look create some different shades of green pom-poms.
I suggest you make quite a few pom poms first and then arrange them almost like you might do a flower arrangement, using five the same, then adding three of a couple of others, and then one special one. Or just bring similar colours together with less of a contrasting colour. This sort of arrangement is probably rather an instinctive thing – just keep adding until you are happy with the look.
How to make small pom poms
Making pom poms is quite good fun and produces something very pretty. But before we do that would you like to watch another video? This one is a Ted Talk.
Ingrid Fetell Lee argues that round things, bright pops of colour, symmetrical shapes, abundance and multiplicity, and a feeling of lightness or elevation all bring us joy. Confetti, balloons, smarties, rainbows, fireworks, bunches of flowers, bubbles – and pom poms!
What could be better than a pom pom crown?
- You can get a tool to do this. I have a Clover pom-pom maker which I would recommend, though noticed something similar at a good price.
When using these makers you can mix up the yarn by using it double to get a nice speckled effect, or use it in blocks which is also rather pretty. A tip is to use a stronger yarn for the tie (eg acrylic) in the same colour as your hair band as you can get a nice strong finish, and when you tie them to the hairband. Also you need nice sharp, small scissors.
- You can also make one yourself from two cardboard rings, with a hole through the middle, and are best made with a bodkin as you need to take the yarn through the middle. These which tend to disintegrate each time you make one so are probably best for making just one, or a custom size
- There is trim with small poms poms attatched
- You can buy machine made ones in one colour or multi coloured, and attach these with glue or stitching
- With the children I used the fork method which made nice, small pom poms. These are what I used to trim my white tray cloth huipil
- Using a small, slim fork, wind yarn around it making it fat and narrow, leaving space at the top and bottom of the tines
- Use strong thread (I used linen) to tie the band of yarn tightly around the middle, coming in between the second and third tine
- Tie tightly, slide off the fork and cut through the loop, taking care not to cut the thread tie.
- Fluff up and trim. Use the linen thread to sew it to fabric or your crown
I used the pom poms in various sizes and attached them to padded velvet Alice bands. I got these on Amazon for about £6 including postage. I got a pack of three including one in black, so I crocheted a cover for it in beige that blends with my hair.
Making the crown
The padded Alice band provides a bit of bulk, raising the pom pom flowers off your head a little, but this also works fine with a small plastic or covered Alice band, or even a ring of elastic. I think you could use braid with a bit of elastic at the back too, although I didn’t try it.
Put a selection of pom poms together. I made three using three different colour schemes. One is blues, white, pink and red. One is green, blue and pink. And my final one is pastel and light shades. I also included small, medium and large pom poms. Incidentally you can also include small knitted or crocheted items here. I had two crocheted fish made by a friend, and some granny squares, and the poms poms I cut off a Cambodian bag. You can also include fabric flowers.
When arranging them a good look concentrates the flowers just on one side, but of course “more is more” in this project so you can more or less cover the head band with the poms poms. They mainly sit on top of the Alice band, but you also need some coverage towards the front, and possibly also the back, so use the smaller pom poms for this purpose.