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Video : Make an Oversized Pom Pom Gift Topper

Make an Oversized Pom Pom Gift Topper (Video Tutorial)

I have a serious soft spot for pom poms. Any size will do, just as long as they’re fluffy and fuzzy and everything that a pom pom should be.

Today, I’ll show you how to make a super duper oversized pom pom that’s just the thing for adding a heaping dose of festive fun to any gift package. And you don’t need to save this fluffy guy just for regular square and rectangular boxes. Oversized pom poms make great embellishments for gift bags, circle and cylinder boxes, jars, and Christmas cookie and candy-filled gift tins, too!

Check out the video below to learn how to make your own little mountain of oversized pom pom goodness:

Supplies Used in This Project

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a piece of cardboard, cut to 6 1/4″ tall x 5 1/2″ wide *
yarn  (I used Vanna’s Choice in Scarlet) **
sharp scissors

* The width that you cut the cardboard isn’t as important, though you don’t want to cut it too wide because you may have difficulty sliding the yarn off of the cardboard when the time comes. I recommend not going taller than 6 to 6 1/2 inches for the pom pom, unless you’re using very fluffy yarn. In that case, you may be able to get away with another inch or two, but generally speaking, it becomes more difficult to maintain a good level of fluffy fuzziness when you go beyond 6 1/2 inches in diameter.

** My favorite yarn for making pom poms is Vanna’s Choice from Lion Brand Yarns. It has just the right amount of fluff and fuzz for my taste. But please experiment! You can get some really cool looking pom poms with all different types of yarns.

DIY Hand Painted Wrapping Paper + Oversized Pom Pom Gift Topper

Simon the Snowman Cylinder Gift Box Assembly Instructions

DIY Die Cut Snowman Cylinder Gift Box

These are the assembly instructions for the Simon the Snowman cylinder gift box. To see all of the gift boxes in this collection, head over here.

DIY Die Cut Cylinder Snowman Gift Box

Here’s what you’ll need:

Instructions

Die Cut Snowman Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 1

1. The two largest pieces in this box kit (and all of the kits in this collection) are the box top and the box bottom. The box top (photo: top) is slightly shorter. The tabs are on the top for the box top and on the bottom for the box bottom, with the long tabs on the left on both. Oopsie! I didn’t realize until I was processing the photos that the tab for the box bottom was turned to the right in this photo. You can really assemble the bottom of the box either way, but I like to keep both tabs on the left for uniformity.

2. Turn the face piece over to the back and place vertical strips of adhesive approximately 1/2” to 3/4” wide on either end, lining them up as close to the edge as you can. Then, cover the remainder of the back with double-sided adhesive or glue. If using liquid glue, cover all but 1/2” to 3/4” wide strips on either end of the piece.

3. Remove the protective paper from all of the double-sided adhesive pieces EXCEPT the vertical strips on each end (if using this type of adhesive). Line up the top left corner of the face piece with the notch where the long side tab and first top tab meet on the box top. There will be an approximately 1/2” wide strip of the face piece that will go beyond the end of the box top on the right side. This is correct, and this area will come into play later in the assembly process. Press the face piece down onto the box top to adhere.

4. Glue the eyes, nose, and coal/buttons in place using the corresponding slits in the face piece as guides. A sticky tool, like a Quick Stik or a Pick Me Up, isn’t necessary here but definitely comes in handy for placing smaller pieces like these.

5. Place small strips of double-sided adhesive along the left and right edges of the back of the bowtie collar. Leave these areas unglued if using liquid glue. Cover the rest of the back of the piece with adhesive or glue and, if using an adhesive with protective / backer paper, remove it from JUST the center area, leaving the paper on the strips along the left and right edges. Turn the bowtie collar piece over and line up the left side of the piece with the left side of the face piece on the box top base and the top of the piece with the corresponding slit on the face piece (center, just below the curved slit below the nose). Press in place to adhere. There will be an approximately 1/2” wide strip of the bowtie collar piece that will go beyond the end of the box top on the right side, just as with the face piece earlier. This is correct, and this area will come into play later in the assembly process.

6. Cover the center of the back of the bowtie piece with glue, line it up over the corresponding curved slit (right above the bow collar), and press in place to adhere. Glue the second layer of the bowtie (the center oval) in place over top of the bow piece.

7. Add adhesive to the left tab of the box base. If using liquid glue, wait until after this step to add it so it doesn’t dry out. Because there are several layers of paper and adhesive or glue on the box base, it may be a little bit stiff. To get it ready for shaping into a cylinder, gently bend and curve the piece until it loses any stiffness. Three or four bends usually does the trick.

8. Fold the box top into a cylinder shape and line up the bottom of the left top tab as closely as possible with the notch between the right top tab and the long tab. Line up the bottom left corner as closely as possible with the notch where the long tab begins at the bottom of the box base. Press in place to adhere.

Die Cut Snowman Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 2

9. Remove the protective backing paper from the adhesive, or add glue if using liquid adhesive, on the portion of the face piece to the left of the back seam.

10. Adhere the piece in place.

11. Remove the protective backing paper from the adhesive, or add glue if using liquid adhesive, from the still un-adhered portion of the face piece. Press in place over the piece in Steps 9 and 10 to adhere. Repeat this process for the ends of the bowtie collar.

12. If you haven’t already, fold the top tabs on the box top inward.

13. Turn the box top upside down . There are six circles in this box kit. The two smallest are for the hat, which we’ll make a little later. For now, we’re focusing on the four larger circles. Two of the circles are slightly smaller than the other two. Cover the outer edge of one of the smaller two circles in the kit with liquid glue and place it down into the box top, glue side down. Press the circle into place using your fingers.

14. Turn the box top over so the tabs are facing up. If necessary, adhere any loose tabs in place with glue. Cover the bottom of one of the larger circles with glue, line it up over the box top, and press into place.

For the Box Bottom

15. Add adhesive to the long tab on the left of the box bottom piece. Bend the piece into a cylinder shape and line up the bottom of the tab on the end as closely as possible with the notch where the bottom of the top tab and the long tab meet. Line up the bottom corner as closely as possible with the notch where the long tab begins at the bottom of the piece. Press in place to adhere.

16. If you haven’t done so already, fold the box bottom tabs inward.

Die Cut Snowman Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 3

17. Add glue around the edge of the smaller of the remaining two circles. Place the circle, glue side down, into the box bottom.

18. Press the circle into place using your fingers.

19. Turn the box bottom over so the tabs are facing up. Glue any loose tabs into place, if necessary. Cover the bottom of the remaining circle with glue, line up over the box bottom, and press into place to adhere.

For the Hat

20. Add adhesive to the long tab on the left of the hat piece.

21. Place small strips of double-sided adhesive along the left and right edges of the hat band piece. Leave these areas unglued if using liquid glue. Cover the rest of the back of the piece with adhesive or glue and, if using an adhesive with protective / backer paper, remove it from JUST the center area, leaving the paper on the strips along the left and right edges. Turn the hat band piece over and line up the left side of the piece against where the adhesive is on the long side tab, about 1/4” above the bottom set of smaller tabs. There will be an approximately 1/2” wide strip of the hat band piece that will go beyond the end of the hat base on the right side. This is correct, and this area will come into play later in the assembly process.

22. Bend the hat piece into a cylinder shape and line up the bottom of the tab on the end as closely as possible with the notch where the bottom of the top tab and the long tab meet. Line up the bottom corner as closely as possible with the notch where the long tab begins at the bottom of the piece. Press in place to adhere.

23. Remove the protective backing paper from the adhesive, or add glue if using liquid adhesive, hat band piece to the left of the back seam. Adhere the piece in place. Remove the protective backing paper from the adhesive, or add glue if using liquid adhesive, from the still un-adhered portion of the hat band piece. Press in place over the piece that you adhered previously.

24. Fold the top set of tabs inward, and fold the bottom set of tabs outward.

Die Cut Snowman Cylinder Box Assembly Instructions, Part 4

25. Add glue around the edge of the smaller of the two circles. Place the circle, glue side down, into the box bottom.

26. Press the circle into place using your fingers.

27. Turn the hat over so the inner facing tabs are facing up. Glue any loose tabs into place, if necessary. Cover the bottom of the remaining circle with glue, line up over the hat piece, and press into place to adhere.

Please note: I widened the brim of the hat a bit after taking the photos for this tutorial, so if the brim pieces don’t look exactly the same in the following steps, this is why.

28. Cover the bottom of one of the brim pieces (rings) with glue, place it over top of the hat piece, and slide it down to the bottom. Press down over the outward facing bottom tabs to adhere in place.

29. Turn the hat over and cover the bottom of the brim with glue. Line up the second brim piece (ring) over top and press it down onto the glued area to adhere in place.

30. Cover the bottom of the hat brim with glue and glue the hat in place on top of the top of the snowman box.

31. Fill the bottom of the box with candy, gifts, or other goodies and slide the top of the box over the bottom to complete.

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Looking for some fun and festive holiday gift tags? Check out this set that I designed exclusively for The Gifted Blog. The 12 designs also coordinate with the Bright Christmas digital printable papers in the shop, and you can use the papers and tags together to create whimsical, eye-catching gift packages. The tags are pretty fun on their own, too. Check out the packages that Charissa from The Gifted Blog created with them – super fun!

Neon Glitter Holiday Gift Tags

Neon Glitter Holiday Gift Tags

I am a total sucker for all things neon, and I could no longer resist picking up the Martha Stewart Crafts Neon Glitter pack that I’ve had my eye on for quite a while, so be prepared to see plenty of fluorescent paper goodies in the coming months because I am loving this glitter!

Neon Glitter

I just had to add a little bit of neon to my new Holiday Wishes Gift Tags, and the result is a set of merry and VERY bright tags that practically glow against black tissue wrapped boxes. There’s no doubt that any gift tagged with one of these babies will stand out among the other gifts under the tree. Have I mentioned that I love this glitter?

Supplies Used

Holiday Wishes Gift Tag Die Cuts
White Cardstock
Die Cutting Machine*
Tsukineko Essential Glue Pad
Martha Stewart Crafts Neon Glitter
Glitter Tray (Recollections brand from Michaels)
Black Tissue Paper
1/8″ White Satin Ribbon
Tape
Glue Pen or Marker (optional – for touch ups)

* I still use a Silhouette SD, which is no longer being manufactured as of the release of the Silhouette CAMEO.

Instructions

1. Using a die-cutting machine (a PDF file is also provided in the tag download for those of you who would like to cut out the tags by hand), cut the gift tags onto white cardstock.

2. Place a tag, right side up, onto a piece of scrap paper and use a glue pad to cover the entire front of the tag with a thin layer of glue. Immediately cover the tag with your choice of glitter (use a piece of paper or a glitter tray to catch the glitter that doesn’t stick to the tag). Tap off any excess glitter, set aside, and allow to dry for at least 15 minutes.

3. Thread ribbon, twine, or string through the tag loop and attach to your package.

Watch the Neon Glitter Holiday Gift Tags Video (or check it out on Youtube):

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