If you enjoy using pom-poms as a material when making crafts, you may think you have to purchase the pom-poms pre-made from a store. However, pom-poms can be created using basic craft supplies, such as wool roving. Wool roving is cleaned and carded superfine wool from a sheep. When you make your own felted wool pom-poms by hand, you can customize their size and color, and make as many natural pom-poms as you need for your craft project.
Separate 4 oz. of colorful wool roving with your hands to make it fluffy, and form the fluffy wool into a soft ball in your hands. Select a single color for a solid pom-pom, or combine several different colors for a multicolored pom-pom.
Fill a mixing bowl halfway full with hot water, and add in 1 tbsp. of oil soap. You can find oil soap at any supermarket --- it is the type of soap used to clean a wood floor. Stir the mixture with a spoon for one minute to incorporate the oil soap properly into the water.
Hold the soft wool ball in between your hands, as if it were inside of a cage, and submerge your hands into the soapy water. The wool will become saturated with the soapy water.
Lift the ball back out of the water, and flip-flop it back and forth between your hands. The soapy wool ball will become more and more compact as you toss it back and forth.
Repeat this process of submerging the ball, and flip-flopping it between your hands until it is one-third the size it was before you first submerged it.
Roll the felted ball around between your palms as you apply gentle pressure. This will felt the wool even more to create a compacted felt pom-pom.
Empty out the bowl of soapy water, and fill it with fresh, warm water. Rinse the felt pom-pom in the warm water as you roll it around in between your palms.
Squeeze out the excess water, and place the pom-pom onto a towel to dry for one hour. Repeat to make as many pom-poms as you need for your project.
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