Anyone for Christmas pudding? No? How about a pompom Christmas pudding?
Christmas pudding is one of those festive traditions that divides people – some people love it, some think its a total waste of a pudding. Me? I’ll just take the brandy butter any day.
But who couldn’t love this pompom pudding? Great as a tree decoration or a little stocking filler. This pompom is a project is fast becoming a new Christmas tradition – I shared the step by step instructions on the Loveknitting blog a few days ago so if you are looking for a little bit of Yuletide craftiness click here and get pompoming!
If you’re still looking for something a little different for your Halloween parties this weekend then this bright and colourful Trick or Treat game might just be what you are looking for.
The rules are super simple – each player takes it in turns to pull a Halloween character off the game board to reveal if they’ve won a Trick or a Treat!
I’ve made the game using different coloured papers cut and stuck together, but on the download file that accompanies these instructions I’ve included coloured versions of each character as well as the templates. If you don’t have time to get super creative you can simply print the coloured versions out onto thin card and away you go! plus, the black and white out line templates are perfect for children to colour in so you could always use them as the game pieces. (ooh too much choice!)
The templates and full instructions are over on velcro.co.uk/blog – click here to go, go, go!
There’s nothing remotely scary about these fluffy multicoloured skull pompoms. They make great Halloween decorations strung together into a garland, or you could hand them out as gifts to the visiting Trick or Treaters. Find out how to make them below …
You will need: 2 shades of wool – loveknitting.com have a lovely selection of yarns by a new brand Paintbox – their DK makes really lovely pompoms. A 7cm pompom maker, scissors.
Starting in the middle of a 7cm PomPom maker wind 5 wraps of pink wool to the right. Make sure the wraps lie flat next to each other rather than overlapping. Next wind 3 wraps back to the left – then 2 wraps to the right and 1 wrap back to the left – You want to build up a rough wedge shape which will become the nose. The picture below shows the maker from the top and you can see how the wool is wider towards the bottom than the top.
Then wrap 8 wraps of white wool below the pink, try and wrap these close together only 2 or 3 wraps wide.
Then repeat with the pink wool for 8 wraps.
Wind the white wool for 50 wraps back and forth between the left hand side of the maker and just over the bridge of the nose.
I don’t know about you but I love paper straws but hate that they only get one chance for being useful – then they’re all soggy bottom and top and destined for the bin. I’ve come up with a fun way to use the nice dry bit in the middle (you can obviously use brand new straws too!) to make these garlands. A touch on the small side but nonetheless they look cute and quirky and are perfect for cake toppers or decorations for presents. Also hung together in lots of strings they can be pretty impactful.