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Give Your Storage Basket Some Flair with DIY Pom Poms

Jan 3, 2017 By Jo-Ann
Give Your Storage Basket Some Flair with DIY Pom Poms

By Sarah Nicolaus, Houzz

As a mother of two young girls, I know that it can get a bit messy at home. I constantly have to pick up toys and other things. For me, the best way to tidy up is to have a few baskets around for quick storage of loose items. I found some simple seagrass baskets for that, but I wanted to make them prettier. Since one of my daughters recently started making pom poms, this DIY idea came to me.

Related: Give Kids a Place to Craft Too

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Schwesternliebe&Wir, original photo on Houzz

Materials:
Compass
● Cardboard (available in-stores)
Scissors
Yarn
Basket
Embroidery needle (optional)

Instructions:

1. Make the pom pom form. Using a compass, draw two doughnut shapes on cardboard. They should be about 4 inches (10 centimeters) in diameter, with the hole in the center about 1 inch (2.5 centimeters). To make smaller pompoms, adjust the size of the circles. I wouldn’t make them much bigger because they’d get too fluffy and unstable.

Using scissors cut out the circles and stack them on top of each other.

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Schwesternliebe&Wir, original photo on Houzz

2. Wrap the yarn. Now take your yarn and start wrapping it around the two stacked cardboard circles, securing an end as you go.

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Schwesternliebe&Wir, original photo on Houzz

After a while, it should look like this.

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Schwesternliebe&Wir, original photo on Houzz

Keep wrapping the yarn until you have a thick doughnut, then cut the yarn and secure. Grasp the doughnut firmly or press it against a table. Slide a blade of the scissors between the circles and cut the strands of yarn at the same length all the way around.

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Schwesternliebe&Wir, original photo on Houzz

3. Tie it up. To make a pom pom from all these short pieces of yarn, cut another strand of yarn and slide it between the two cardboard circles, pull the ends tight and tie them together. This strand should be fairly long because we will need it to attach the pom pom to the basket.

4. Cut away the cardboard. Now you can cut through one side of the cardboard circles and remove them. To make the pom pom nice and round, trim any pieces of yarn that stick out. Take care not to cut the long strand of yarn you used to tie the pom pom together.

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Schwesternliebe&Wir, original photo on Houzz

5. Attach the pom pom. With this long strand, tie the pom pom on the basket. Run the ends of the strand through gaps in the weave. You can also use an embroidery needle if the weave is tight. Knot the ends of the strand on the inside of the basket.

Add as many pom poms as you like, and your fluffy border is finished.

Related: 10 More Ways to Incorporate Pompoms in Your Home

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