Is it just me, or is there something oh so lovely about a pom pom.....? In my opinion, it's like they take on a little bit of a life of their own once that final trim (or hair cut) has taken place.
My kids love making them, playing with them and using them for crafts. I love to decorate things with pom poms (I can't resist a cushion with a pom pom trim!) and all in all, they are a very welcome addition in our home.
I had intended writing something about pom poms a few weeks ago, but got distracted with half term holidays and other jobs, however having now taken delivery of the 'Multipom', I cannot resist any longer!
First of all however, lets start with the Clover Pom Pom maker, which I have to say is an absolute hit in our household. The Clover Pom Pom maker comes in three different pack sizes :
- Extra large, which makes a scrumptiously big pom pom measuring approximately 12cm in diameter
- Large pack: this contains 2 pom pom makers, one will make a pom pom approximately 65mm diameter and the other makes one 85cm in diameter.
- The last option is the small pack, which again contains 2 pom pom makers. These two make pom poms which are approximately 35mm and 45mm in diameter.
The overriding feeling about these pom pom makers is the ease and speed with which you can make a perfect pom pom. My 5 year old son has become very adept at making his own pom poms and when we've brought out the pom pom makers during play dates, all of the children have been very happy to give it a try and have loved the results! I help them with the cutting and tying the knot tight enough at the end. They particularly like to give the pom pom a haircut at the end to ensure it is lovely and round!
I thought it might be useful to include a sequence of photos illustrating how the Clover Pom Pom maker works, which may also be of use to anyone having purchased the product. However, there are clear instructions included in the packs.
As I said the Clover Pom Pom maker is hugely popular in my world and I think it is perfect for both adults and children.
So what is the 'Multipom' and how does it compare?
The Multipom is a specially designed metal frame which enables the user to make up to 20 pom poms at any one time (how good is that?)! The pom poms can be between 1cm and 12cm in diameter and again it is fairly simple to use.
I've included another sequence of photos illustrating how it works - I started as the instructions recommended, making 6 pom poms, however you can quickly move on to other amounts and sizes. Here's also a great video to really help explain what it's all about: Multipom Video
For me the multipom is more of an adults tool (although not exclusively). You have to be more aware of details with it, ensuring you wind the correct amount of wool depending on the size of pom pom you are opting for and then tying the knots at the correct intervals according to the number of pom poms you intend to make.
It is absolutely perfect if you need to make lots of pom poms in the same size for a particular project. It is also ideal for making your own pom pom braid, meaning you can select the perfect wool colour match and the exact size of pom pom you require on your braid. It would also be ideal for a class / group where lots of pom poms are required for a project, so they could easily be made in advance.
I can definitely say there is a place for both the Clover Pom Pom makers and the Multipom in our house, but hopefully this brief explanation can help you decide which tool would work best for your needs!
I couldn't finish this post without adding a few more pom pom pictures - I just can't resist them!