How to make a bunny pom-pom necklace

These cute little necklaces are the perfect craft for Easter weekend. Plus, you can use up some of your yarn and felt scraps in the process.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 medium sized pom-pom (if you need a refresher how to make a pom-pom with your Loome tool, check out our post: How to make a pom-pom)

  • Cord for the necklace (thick string, nylon cord, anything goes)

  • Felt scraps

  • Fabric glue or glue gun

  • Scissors

  • Darning needle

  • A few bristles from a clean broom

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1. Make your pom

These bunny necklaces start with a pom-pom. You can either make your pom-pom a very bunny-like colour like white, grey or brown, but multi-coloured pom-poms work just as well, just take a look at this one that a little girl made at a festival craft workshop I ran last summer! Serious heart eyes.

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2. Cut out the bunny’s features from felt

Use any small scraps of felt to cut ears, inner ear pieces, a nose and eyes.

3. Attach the necklace cord

Thread your necklace cord onto a blunt darning needle. Separate the strands of the pom-pom to find the middle string. Run the darning needle under this string and out the other side. Tie the two ends into a knot to secure them.

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4. Attach the felt pieces

Now that you know which way is us on your pom-pom, it’s time to attach the ears, eyes, nose and whiskers. Start with the ears. Glue guns work great for this kind of thing because the glue sets really quickly. If you’re using fabric glue, you’ll need to prop up your pom-pom to dry over-night, or at least a couple of hours.

Start with the ears, separate the strands of the pom-pom near the necklace cord and put a bit of glue at the bottom of the ear. Tuck it into the gap so it sits nice and close to the middle of the pom-pom.

Do the same with the eyes, nestling them slightly into the pom-pom. You can always trim the pom-pom a big shorter around the eyes if they get hidden by the yarn.

For the nose, glue a few bristles from your dustpan and brush to the back of the nose. I used about 5 and cut them in the middle so that they splayed out nicely on each side. Then add a bit more glue and attach it to your pom-pom.

That’s it, you now have the most adorable little bunny pom-pom ever! These techniques are exactly the same for all sorts of different animals. Which ones will you make?

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How To Make A Pom-Pom Bat

Halloween is coming! I walked through the seasonal aisle at my local Sainsbury’s this afternoon. It was half ghoulish costumes for 4-foot zombies, witches, skeletons and monsters and half collectible Christmas shortbread tins. If you’d rather forego the plastic decorations for Halloween this year, I’ll show you how to create fun little bat pom-poms, which you can hang up in doorways, on your doorknobs and in the windows to greet your trick-or-treaters.

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What you’ll need:

  • Loome tool

  • Black yarn, any weight

  • Felt scraps in black and white

  • String for hanging

  • PVA glue or fabric glue

Make a pom-pom with your Loome tool

Use your black yarn to create a pom-pom with your Loome tool. If you’re using DK-weight yarn, you’ll need to wrap it around 140 times. If you’re using Aran-weight yarn, around 90 revolutions will do the trick. If you need more in-depth instructions on making a pom-pom with a Loome tool, just check out our previous post, How To Make A Pom-Pom.

Trim your pom.

How to make a pom pom bat
how to make a pom pom bat

Cut out the eyes and wings

Use your felt scraps to cut out two white circles, and two smaller black ones to go inside. Go ahead and glue those black circles down, before they get lost! Cut a small smiley mouth for your bat, but a row of jagged teeth also look great!

Cut two bat-shaped wings next, and you’re all done with the tricky cutting bits.

String it up

Before you glue on the bat’s face and wings, attach the string you’re going to use to hang it up. This way, you’ll know which way is up for your bat.

tie the string onto your pom pom bat to hang it up

Glue it all together

Using a hot glue gun or fabric glue, attach the eyes, teeth and wings onto your pom-pom. Separate the yarn a bit to nestle the pieces into your pom-pom, so that they’re nice and secure.

Ready, set, SPOOK!

Give it a moment to dry. This is really quick is you’ve used a glue gun. If you’ve used another kind of glue then you might want to wait a bit longer for it to dry. Hang up your bat and get ready to spook away all those ghosts and ghouls on Halloween night with your crew of pom-pom bats.

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Marbling Fabric with Shaving Foam

This is one of the coolest craft things I have done in a while. It's actually quite simple to do, doesn't use any expensive materials that you might not already have at home and creates the prettiest fabric that can be used for your next project. 

What you need:

  • Shaving foam
  • Fabric
  • Fabric paint
  • Wooden or metal ruler for scraping (a wooden lolly stick works well too)
  • Rubber spatula
  • A shallow tray (a baking tray with a lip is perfect)
  • Toothpick or wooden skewer
  • Paper towels

How to do it:

Spray your foam into the tray, smooth it out with your rubber spatula. Add your fabric paint either with a paint brush, or squeeze it out, or use your wooden skewer to scoop it out.

Use the skewer to swirl it around. Be careful not to over-mix, or else you'll lose the marbling effect.

Place your fabric right side down onto the shaving foam and use your hand to smooth out the fabric so that its all touching the shaving foam. You'll be able to see the pattern transferring onto the fabric from the back if your fabric isn't too thick.

Lift up your fabric from the corner and place it down on a paper towel. Use your ruler to scrape away the shaving cream. Lay it to dry.

You can get 2-3 transfers like this, but I found the second and third transfers were a bit faded, so try adding a bit more paint, or a new colour and having another go.

After a few tries, here are a few of the things I have learnt and also a couple of tips and tricks if you fancy trying this at home too.

1. You don't need too much foam.

The layer of foam on your tray doesn't actually have to be too deep. I practically used up an entire (although small canister) can for 3 sessions. I learned after the first one that if you spray some on, you can spread it out thinner with a spatula.

2. Use fabric paint, instead of acrylic paint

I did tests with both kinds of paint. I used DYLON fabric paints for some and acrylic paint mixed with textile medium for others and every time the fabric paint worked better. It just soaks into the fabric quicker and adheres better than acrylic paint does. 

Acrylic paints mixed with fabric medium

Acrylic paints mixed with fabric medium

DYLON fabric paint

DYLON fabric paint

3. If you do use acrylic paint, let it set a bit before you scrape

After you peel back your fabric, let it set a bit and dry, not too dry that the shaving foam dries but half-hour or so. Then the paint will set a bit into the fabric before you scrape away the shaving foam. This worked mostly well with lighter colours, but unfortunately even after letting it set a bit, the dark blue will scraped away and left me with a mottled pattern. Still aright, but not that nice.

4. Don't forget to heat-set your paints

After scraping off the shaving foam, let your fabric dry a bit so that the paint can properly dry. Then run it under cold water to get rid of all the shaving foam. Then, heat-set the paint according to the instructions on the packet. For DYLON paints, this means putting a cloth over your paint and ironing it on a med-high heat for a few seconds. I then tossed all my pieces into the wash to make sure all the shaving foam was really off, ironed it again and it was ready to use.