For some unknown reason, I recently had a massive urge to make pompoms. This is an activity I used to do with my mum when I was little, and is surprisingly easy (the proof: a 6 year old me could manage it!). I picked up the wool at the largest charity shop I have ever seen, Emmaüs, in the 19th arrondissement here in Paris. But more on this incredible shop another time. The balls of wool were 50 cents each as they were partially used, not that that even matters... making for a very cheap and fun little DIY!
Sheet of cardboard (an old cereal packet will do)Jar lid & coin (to draw around)
1) On your sheet of cardboard, draw around the jam jar lid twice.
2) Place the coin in the centre and draw around that too
5) Start to wind your wool around the two layers of cardboard.
8) With the scissors between the two pieces of card, and with a firm grip on the centre of the pompom, cut all the way around the edge.
9) Thread a length of wool around the pompom, between the two pieces of card. Tie it in a tight knot as close to the core of the pompom as possible. You can repeat this a few times for extra pompom security.
And here's one I made earlier...
Also, aim for second hand wool if possible: it's just as good, 5x cheaper and doesn't use extra resources. Keep your pompoms ethical, guys! haha.