It was nice to take a break last weekend from chores and errands to have some girl friends over for an afternoon of crafts and drinks. We caught up over glasses of apple cider sangria (a specialty from my friend, Emily — recipe below) and made a slew of pom poms:

Boye, part of the Simplicity Creative Group, partnered with Tryazon to send me a whole box of goodies to try out and make this post possible (all opinions are my own; I was not compensated for this post, but was sent a Boye Pom Pom Tassel Maker and supplies). 

Cute lil tote — everyone got one to put their crafts in
Bright colors and neutrals, waiting to be made into poms
My supply cart filled to the brim with everything we needed for a “crafternoon.”

I’m no stranger to making pom poms, but I’d only ever used my hands to make them — never a special tool. I have to admit it was a little tricky to get started, but once I got going, using the tool as a guide made the process a little easier.

Boye sent us materials to make necklaces, but a few rebels opted to make gifts toppers in preparation for the holidays.
Chelsea finishing off her green pom. In the background, you can see Tara working on her MONSTER pom.

 

Shamless selfie: sipping on tasty sangria and trying our hand at making poms.

So, what did I think of the Boye Pom Pom Tassel Maker? It was cool, for sure. And I’d like to spend some more time trying out the tassel end of it. As far as the poms go, I’m just left wondering if the extra tools saved me any time. Having the guides made it easier for me to make more consistent poms, and definitely the ability to make poms of all sizes, but it did take longer to make them.

 

I ended the day thinking it was just another craft gadget I might use once in a while, but now several days later, my tune’s changed a bit. I’m already having the urge to pull it out again to make some of those huge poms for Christmas gift toppers. And I’m even more excited to try some of these ideas.

 

Have you ever used a pom pom/tassel maker like this? What’s your go-to method for making them? You can find more information about the Boye Pom Pom Tassel Maker here.

 

Oh, and here’s that yummy sangria recipe I promised:

  • You’ll need one gallon of apple cider, one bottle of white wine, one bottle of caramel vodka and a few apples.
  • Wash and chop the apples, set aside.
  • Pour out enough apple cider so there’s room for the entire bottle of white wine in the jug (save the cider for later!).
  • Add the wine to the jug, and then add 1/4-1/2 the bottle of caramel vodka.
  • Mix, chill and then pour in a pretty pitcher for serving. Garnish with chopped apple.

Give a try and let me know what you think!