DIY: Pom Pom Keychain

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Hey guys! Wow it’s been forever since I last blogged!! Im back in hell…school so it’s been harder to find the time to blog. I’m trying to get back to it and manage my time better which is why I’m back this week with a DIY. Back when I shared my Christmas gift guide, I talked about these pom pom keychains that I was seeing everywhere. I still think they’re adorable so I went out looking for some to buy and wtf?! They are so over priced!! I was not down to pay any of the prices I saw so I decided that they looked pretty simple and that I could probably figure out a way to make them….so I did. They’re actually really easy to make and once you make 1 you can make 100 (I made a few and gifted them to some friends for Christmas).

So if you feel like getting crafty this weekend (and don’t feel like paying $40+ for one of these), here’s how you make them:

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What you’ll need:

  • Faux fur (I got mine from Fabricland. You can get any kind, I opted for longer fur so my pom pom would be nice and fluffy )
  • A small plate (you can use any other round item)
  • Needle and thread
  • Cotton balls
  • Split rings (24mm)
  • Jump rings (9mm)
  • Lobster claw clasps
  • Scissors

Step 1: Lay your faux fur fabric fur side down and place your plate on top of it (In case your wondering my plate was about 17 cm wide). Use a pen to trace around your plate to draw a circle.

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Step 2: Cut along the circle you drew. Try your best to only cut the lining and not the fur itself (I did this by parting the fur the best I could, you will end up cutting some of the fur anyway which is alright, you just want to avoid cutting a lot of it so you end up with a fluffy pom pom).

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Step 3: Thread your needle and sew around your fur circle.

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Step 4: Once you’ve sewed around your circle, pull the thread thight from both ends so that the fabric gathers and starts to shape into a ball. Place a few cotton balls in the centre of your pom pom so that it holds its shape. Add more or less cotton balls depending on how big you want your pom pom to be. Keep pulling on both ends of the thread and tie a knot to close your pom pom.

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Step 5:  Loop 2 jump rings onto a split ring. Don’t be like me and open the jump rings to get them on, just slide them into the split ring.

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Step 6: Open 1 jump ring and hook it onto your lobster claw. Add on one of the jump rings that is already attached to your split ring and close your jump ring (to clarify, you’ll have a lobster claw followed by 2 jump rings followed by a split ring and ending with another jump ring). You can add more jump rings to this than I did to make a longer chain but I was happy with this length. You can also avoid this entire step by buying a keychain and moving on to the next step. I chose to make my own keychain because I couldn’t find one I liked, so I bought these separate pieces from Michaels to make my own and feel even more crafty.

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Step 7: Sew your keychain onto your pom pom. Sew through the fur then through the bottom jump ring and to the other side of the fur multiple times to make sure that the keychain is firmly attached.

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Step 8: Once your keychain is attached, knot your thread and cut off the excess. Squish and mould your pom pom to shape it. You can also trim the fur a little if you’d like.

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Step 9: Hook your pom pom onto your favourite bag or use it as a keychain for your keys and proudly tell anyone who asks where you bought it from that you made it yourself!

So how easy was that?! And the best part (besides saving some money) is that you’re sure to have some extra supplies left for you to make more and share the love . Hope you enjoyed this post and of course let me know if you decide to try it out! See ya in the next one!

 

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