Pom poms have many uses in arts and crafts. They can be store-bought, but to save money, they can be made easily at home. Once children have learnt to make their own pom poms, they can use them in many different colours in a variety of craft projects. Making a pom poodle in the same shape as the real thing is just one example.
Cut two circles the same size as the ends of the toilet roll tube out of the thick cardboard. Glue one circle onto each end of the tube, creating a closed cylinder. Allow to dry.
Starting in the centre of the circle and working outwards in a tight spiral, glue the yarn onto the circle at one end of the cylinder. Once the circle is covered in yarn, cut the yarn at the outside end of the spiral to separate the remaining yarn from the part that has been glued. Allow the glue to dry and repeat at the other end of the cylinder, but without cutting away the remaining yarn. Allow the glue to dry again.
Glue thread in place around the 'body' of the cylinder, from one end to the other, ensuring there are no gaps in the yarn. Once the yarn is completely covering the cylinder, cut away the remaining yarn and allow the glue to dry.
The Pom Pom Poodle's legs will be made from four equally sized pom poms. Cut out a rectangle of thick cardboard around 1/2 inch wide and 1 1/2 inches long. Cut a 5-inch length of yarn and lay it lengthways across the rectangle of cardboard. Take the ball of yarn and begin tightly wrapping it around the cardboard widthways (at right angles to the original piece of yarn). Ensure the yarn is wrapped over the original length of yarn, holding it in place. For a full pom, wrap the yarn around the card 100 times. Cut away the ball of yarn.
Carefully take hold of either end of the original, 5-inch length of yarn and bring them together over the wrapped yarn. Tie the two ends together securely, holding the wrapped yarn together.
Turn over the cardboard and cut through the pieces of wrapped yarn so that they come off the cardboard. You now have a pom. Trim the edges to make it neat and round.
Make three more pom poms in the same way. Ensure they are all trimmed to the same size.
Cut another rectangle of cardboard, this time measuring 1 1/4 inches wide and 2 inches long and make another pom in the same way as above. This pom will be the tail. Trim it to ensure it is slightly smaller than the legs.
Cut a third rectangle of cardboard, 2 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches long. Make another pom using this card. This will be the head. Trim it, ensuring it is a little larger than the legs.
Glue two googly eyes or beads onto the pom that will be the head.
Glue the four legs in place, two at either end of the cylinder.
Glue the head and tail in place at either end of the cylinder.
For optional decoration, add a ribbon or different coloured yarn to the poodle's neck or tail.
To make a larger pom poodle, use a larger cylinder, such as an old pill bottle and larger cardboard rectangles to make bigger pom poms.