My kids are forever collecting sticks so I’m always thinking up fun things to with sticks. Recently we made a pom pom and stick mobile which is now hanging in my daughter’s bedroom. This is a simple and fun nature craft for kids, I hope you enjoy it if you give it a go.
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This is a simple and fun nature craft that kids will love. I have accumulated quite a collection of different coloured wool so my kids were so excited to look through it and choose colours to use for this activity. This craft uses such a small number of supplies that are easy to obtain. Not to mention there are unlimited opportunities for choosing different colours, numbers of pom poms and patterns of wrapping the stick.
How to make a pom pom and stick mobile
You will need:
- cardboard such as a cereal box
- 2 different sized circular templates
You may like to use * pom pom maker to avoid having to make the cardboard templates. I love mine, they really speed up pom pom making and make it really simple. However, they are not essential so the method below will help you make pom poms without one.
How to make pom poms
I’ve included step by step instructions for making a pom pom and stick mobile. The most important step is to make a set of pom poms. Pom poms are really simple to make but explaining how to make them can be a little difficult in writing so I’ve included a fantastic video tutorial below.
How to make a pom pom and stick mobile step by step
Make this cute and colourful pom pom and stick mobile using those sticks your children are collecting on your walks.
- Tie the end of a piece of wool to your stick and wrap tightly around the stick. To change colours simply tie the end of the new colour to the end of the current colour. When you get to the end of the stick tie off the wool.
- To make pom poms, start by tracing a circular object with a smaller circle inside.
- Cut out the larger circles, then cut a slit to the centre and cut out the smaller circle. You will be left with a c shape (don't make the gap too big though).
- wrap your choice of wool around the template, start by holding the end until you have wrapped over it several times to secure it. Continue to wrap until the inner circle is almost full.
- Using small scissors, cut through all the strands of wool around the edge of the ring. Taking care not to let the cut pieces of wool fall off the ring.
- Tie a length of wool around the middle of the pom pom (between the cardboard rings). Remove the cardboard template, shape and trim the pom pom.
- Repeat steps 2 to 6 to make 5 pom poms.
- Use wool of various lengths to attach the pom poms to the stick.
- Tie a length of wool to each side of the stick to create a loop to hang your mobile by.
More nature crafts you might enjoy
- Make a pine cone bird feeder for your garden
- Simple DIY paper bag lantern
- For more ideas for creative kids activities, here are my favourite creative activity books for kids.
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