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Pom Poms – Backpack Charms

Little Miss is ‘back to school’ in the morning, the final part of the prep was getting her hair cut today so we’re officially ready….. that is until I get home and can’t find her tie or something, always happens!! It’s been such a great weather-friendly summer for the kiddos in Ireland (after more than seven really awful summers) so I’m in no hurry for it to end, while Molly on the other hand has been counting down the sleeps – as this year, in first class, she has it in her head that she will make ‘friends for life’ :)

As part of the preparations Little Miss and I made some pom pom charms for her backpack, she’s picked the little yellow chick to accompany her on her daily adventures, I wish I was the chick, the fly on the wall so to speak!!
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Backpack Charms have all the fun!!

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Materials Needed: pom pom maker (the bought kind or the traditional cardboard discs), wool, scissors, felt, felt glue
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How to make pom poms, by Molly :)

Step One: wind the wool and make your pom poms
(we have a Clover pom pom maker, a simple and nifty little toy :)

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When the thread is fully wound cut the threads through the centre line with a sharp scissors.

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Circle the pom pom with a length of thread (the locking string) and knot tightly to keep the pom pom secure. Then remove the pom pom maker casing or cardboard and voila… a pom pom.

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Now take your scissors again and trim all around the pom pom to even out the strands to create a perfectly round pom pom!!

Cut the beak and small circular dots from the sheet of felt.

Part a line of pom pom strands and squeeze in some felt glue.

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Insert the beak and hold in position for a few seconds.

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Next glue on the eyes.

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… and finally loop a keyring link around the centre locking string and you have a cute bag charm to keep the littles company on their first day at school, and their second, and their third….. even when they are all grown up and in 6th class :)

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Bag charms are perfect for anytime of the year, charms filled with hugs to hang anywhere, at any time – on school bags, sleepover bags or just tucked into your pocket xx
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Final word from Molly…

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5 Responses to “Pom Poms – Backpack Charms”

  1. Helen says:

    The summer holidays is over Miss Molly! I hope you enjoy school. x

  2. These are adorbs, Michelle and Molly! Love them so!

  3. imakehens says:

    and we love you right back Stephanie xxox

  4. Love those sweet pictures of your daughter making the craft! (Your photography is excellent!) I had no idea you could make your own pom poms. Thanks so much for sharing at After School!

  5. Cassi says:

    Such a cute idea, it’ll be featured on The Crafty Crow soon!

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