You know what’s totally on trend right now? Big, statement earrings. You know what I’m not sure is on trend right now, but I’m going to pretend it is like I’m Gretchen Weiners trying to make ‘fetch’ happen? Pom poms. So I’ve combined the two in a super easy DIY. You can whip these up in about half an hour, they’re super customisable, and they’ll have you looking totally fetch in no time.
You should be able to get all of your supplies from your local craft store. You will need:
- Yarn in your desired colour or colours.
- A pom pom maker in your preferred size. I have a set of Clover pom pom makers and I’ve used the smallest size for my pair. If you can’t get you hands on a pom pom maker, there are plenty of other ways to make pom poms. The cardboard template method (click here) or the fork method (click here) are cheap and easy alternatives.
- Four jump rings.
- Two hook earrings.
- Two short lengths of metal chain.
- A pair of jewellery making pliers (I find it easier to use two pairs to open the jump rings, but you can certainly make do with one pair).
- A small pair of scissors.
- A tapestry needle or small crochet hook (or super nimble fingers).
Step 1: Prepare your two lengths of chain by cutting them to the desired length with your pliers. I used approximately 4cm of chain for each earring.
Step 2: Make your pom poms. If you’re using a Clover pom pom maker, begin by winding your yarn around one side of the pom pom maker.
If you want to make a speckled pom pom like the ones I made, for every one or two ‘rows’ you’ve wrapped of your base colour, wrap a couple of strands of your second colour. Once you’ve filled one side of the pom pom maker, fold it down and repeat this process on the other side.
You should end up with a nice, fat pom pom maker when you’re done!
Step 3: Insert the tip of your scissors under the wrapped yarn, and begin cutting open the pom pom. The Clover pom pom makers has a slot where the two sides connect that can you can use to guide your cutting. I always find this step a little nerve-wracking, because it can feel like your pom pom is about to burst open and fall apart as you cut. But don’t worry. Just hold your pom pom maker together tightly. You’re doing great! (I assume).
Step 4: Cut a piece of yarn around 15cm long so you have plenty to work with. Carefully holding your pom pom maker together, pull this piece of yarn through the slot in the middle of the pom pom maker and around, until the two ends meet together and you can tie them in tight knot, binding your pom pom together around the middle.
Step 5: Once your pom pom is tightly secured around the middle, gently prise the two sides of your pom pom maker apart. You should now have a raggedy, shaggy pom pom.
Step 6: Give that guy a haircut! Just be sure not to trim the two ends of the piece of yarn you’ve just tied around the middle, because we’re going to need those shortly.
Step 7: Using your pliers, open one jump ring and attach one earring hook and one end of the chain. Close this jump ring. Open up the second one the attach it to the other end of the chain. Close this jump ring, and repeat this step with your second length of chain and remaining jump rings and earring hook.
You should now have something that looks a little like this…
Step 8: Using a tapestry needle small enough to fit through the jump ring, or a small crochet hook (or your nimble fingers), pull one of your yarn ends through the jump ring on the end of the chain.
Work the jump ring and chain towards the centre of the pom pom, (right near the knot you made when you tied the pom pom together) take the ends of your yarn and tie a knot so that the jump ring is now secured in the middle of the pom pom.
Step 9: Trim the ends of your yarn to they’re even with the surface of your pom pom, and voila! You’re done!
If you make these earrings, be sure to comment below or send me a pic. I’d love to see how you put your spin on them!