Great Balls of Yarn

I have a lot of yarn in my midst lately.

After my failed ampersand-wrapping experience, I realized I had a whole skein of cream yarn at my disposal that hadn’t yet been earmarked for a specific project. I’ve been thinking about our centerpieces lately and realized I want to incorporate something with a bit of height, so when I found this yarn poofball tutorial on Offbeat Bride, I was sold. Some of the yarn jars on the tables will act as candle holders, and some of them will act as vases for yarn-ball flowers!

I recommend you check out that OB tutorial because it’s really simple and easy to follow, but I’ll show you how it worked out for me, too.

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The OB tutorial says to tuck a bit of yarn between your fingers, but that didn’t work for me. My method was to keep one end of the yarn off to the side a bit, rather than tucking.

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Wrap the yarn around your fingers—the bigger you want the poofball to be, the more fingers you add. Don’t wrap it so tight that you can’t extricate your fingers, though.

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Cut the other end of the yarn, leaving a relatively long tail. This is so you don’t lose the end when you get to the next part.

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This isn’t an awesome picture because I’m still not the greatest at handling this part! You’re supposed to wrap the tails around the middle of the yarn, and tie it. The key things seem to be centering the tails as best as you can, and tying it really, really tight.

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Then comes the fun part. Cut open all the loops, even the tiny ones that get hidden in the mass of yarn.

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You should end up with something like this, but hopefully yours looks better! The last step is to trim all the yarn bits so your poofball is an even sphere.

It takes a bit of practice to get it right. My first attempt was so shoddy that I sacrificed it to one of the cats. He wasn’t very psyched about his new toy.

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After a bit of trimming and shaping, they don’t look so bad!

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Is there a theme or material that keeps popping up in your wedding planning, sort of like how yarn keeps making its way into mine?

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Mrs. Dragon

Location:
Sioux Lookout/Brockville, ON
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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    coyote 1624 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:44 pm

    Ahh these are so stinkin’ cute!! What a great idea! Is it bad that I kinda want to make one just to see if my cat will be interested in it?? ;)

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    Eulalia 169 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:44 pm

    We used to make these at camp all the time – we called them warm fuzzies. They are really fun with multicolored yarn or several different yarn colors, too. Love them!

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:08 pm

    Yarn was prominent in our wedding too :) I know you live in BFE but if you plan on making a bunch of these, I HIGHLY recommend the pom maker. I’m sure you can have it shipped from hobby lobby and they are affordable, at like $7 for 2 sizes.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 2:15 pm

    @Miss Coyote: Haha, might be worth it if your cats are less lazy than mine! :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:35 pm

    These are so cute! Lace ended up becoming a prominent player in our wedding decor, much to my surprise.

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    sunnywoods 940 posts, Busy bee @ 11:36 am

    Adorable!

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