Hello there and welcome back to my blog! Today I will share a DIY project that is close to my heart, the story of Arianna’s pom-pom unicorn.
When I was pregnant I was forced by the circumstances to stay at home an watch everyone carry on with their lives and that made me anxious, depressed and jealous of the people around me. I knew these feelings are not founded and that I had to focus on something more creative that will bring me joy.
I have seen online for years now these pom-pom rugs, very easy to make and very jolly to have in your home. I thought it would be a great idea for me to do a small rug for my baby’s nursery, to put my touch in her room along with my heart.
The materials are quite easy to find as you need A LOT of yarns of wool in the colours that you want your rug to be, scissors, non slipping mat, a crochet hook and TIME.
The first step is to make your design in your mind, eventually on a piece of paper or even on the slipping mat you have – I used tape on my mat to draw the unicorn as I imagined it.Once you have that you need to start making your pom poms, by using a pom pom maker (easily found to buy in Poundland or any other crafts store), and don’t forget to leave the string you tie them with longer to be able to attach them to the mat. Every now and than I used to put them on my design to check how many I will still need, but didn’t attached them just in case I wanted to change something in the end.
When you have your pom poms ready you can start fixing them on to the matwith the help of your crochet hook and the longer string of each of the pom poms. Here my job was very difficult as my choice of non slipping mat was not very clever, because the holes were too small and hard to work with, but I wanted to use only materials that I already had, instead of buying new ones. This project was on a budget!
When I started making my design I realised I need far more pom poms as my rug was not even close of being a rug consistency, but when I went to buy more yarns of wool I couldn’t find the same colours, so I bought what I thought would mix well with the colour scheme chosen for the nursery and decided my unicorn will be more abstract. This unpredictable situation changed the look of my unicorn so much, but I think that made it more personalised and I absolutely loved the way it turned out.
When I finished the whole product (took me about 5 weeks because I had terrible back pain and couldn’t work for long periods of time), I shared the photo of it with some friends, but I was so surprised many of them couldn’t tell I made a unicorn. The weirdest description was “a cute little pig that holds a chicken” – my brain literally said “WHAT?!”, but hey ho! my project is abstract, so everyone is free to see whatever they want.
I loved it so much how it ended up and how it blended with the room, but I was afraid I will ruin it so I discussed with Andrei to put it on the wall for Arianna to look at when she’s in her cot as it is quite big and colourful. As a result, weeks later, Arianna loved it and talked with it each and every morning!
With these pom poms you can create anything you want and normally it does not take too long to make, so feel free to give it a try as it is very relaxing and fun to do even with your kids as a family project.
That is all for today, but I have some more crafts made for Arianna’s nursery and I will share that with you very soon, so stay tuned. I post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday!