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Fabulous Pompoms

Posted by Search Press Published See Search Press's 272 projects » © 2024 Alistair Macdonald / Search Press · Reproduced with permission.
  • Step 1

    Cut off the hooked part of the coat hanger, keeping your fingers well away whilst doing so. Mark the middle point of the longest side of the wire with a pen. Use this mark to bend the first point in the tiara with pliers (so the pen mark will form the top of the middle peak). Straighten out the wire on either side of the original hanger shape and create the two other peaks to sit either side of the taller middle peak. All of the points along the base, including the cut ends, should run in a straight line. Gently shape this line into a horseshoe shape, to follow the curve of the hairband.

  • Step 2

    Using a knitting dolly, make up around 6–7 metres (6½–7½yd) of braid using pink yarn. Thread the tiara wire through the centre of the braid until completely hidden. Cut off the excess braid to use later. Now form two small loops on the cut ends of the wire with pliers to secure the wire frame to the hairband. Make two small holes in the hairband on either side with an awl, 5cm (2in) away from the tips, and equidistant from the sides. Secure the wire frame to the hairband using strong florist’s wire. Snip off excess wire and flatten off.

  • Step 3

    Divide the remaining braid in two. Stretch open one end and pull it over the hairband tip to anchor it. Wrap the braid around the band to hide the plastic to halfway along the hairband. Repeat this step on the other side. Hide the braid ends at the back of the hairband once they meet, cutting off the excess, and secure with needle and thread. Make up nine 25mm (1in) pompoms in white and three in lilac yarn. Use to decorate and finish the tiara.

  • Step 4

    Using both pink and lilac yarn, make one 65mm (2½in) pompom. Once you have cut through the yarn, secure the centre of the pompom in the usual manner, but do not remove the maker at this point. Take a small length of yellow ribbon and tie on smaller lengths (the knot should be in the centre of the smaller lengths). When this yellow ribbon looks fluffy enough, tie into the maker and pompom centre. Remove the maker and trim the pompom, taking care not to cut the ribbon.

  • Step 5

    Cover a small length of cane with the remaining braid and secure one end into the wand head made in step 4 with a needle and yarn. To finish, make a pink 25mm (1in) pompom and attach to the opposite end.



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