Way back when, before Christmas, we made these gorgeous felted pom pom necklaces as teacher gifts for Charlotte’s teachers. They were very simple and fun to make, and can be a great way to practice fine motor and patterning skills.
We bought all our supplies from AnnyMay, which sells eco-friendly, natural products (not sponsored). I couldn’t find an Australian seller at the time, but if you know of one, please let me know :)
Note: I’m not a proper ‘crafter’ or jewellery maker, I made this method up as we went along (as with most things!). Here’s how we made these necklaces.
DIY Felted Pom Pom Necklace
You will need:
- felted pom poms (ours were 20mm and 10 mm)
- wooden beads (ours were 10mm)
- waxed cotton thread
- a large needle (with an eye large enough for your thread)
- Design your necklace. Pebble placed the felted and wooden balls on a piece of paper in the order that she wanted them to go onto the necklace. She spent a long time making sure that she got the colours just right for each person.
- Cut the waxed cotton thread to your preferred length. As I said, I’m not a jewellery maker, so I decided to tie these off by running both ends of the cord through a wooden bead and securing it with a knot. This meant that we needed our necklaces to be long enough to slip over the head. Just measure against yourself to see how long you will need the thread.
- Thread your necklace. This is where we hit a little hurdle. The needle was very tricky to push through the dense felt pom poms. I pushed the needle so that it was just through, then used the pliers to pull the needle and thread out to the other side. Unfortunately this meant that Pebble couldn’t help with this bit. Never mind, she busied herself making a wooden necklace instead :)
- Tie off your necklace. Finish your necklace by threading both ends through a wooden bead and tying a knot . Cut off any long pieces of thread that might be sticking out of the knot, to neaten it up.