Friday, 7 April 2017

Pom Pom Pen Pot

A simple glass jar upcycled with pom poms to make a fun bright and cheerful desk accessory.
Upcycled pom pom pen pot
Pom Pom all the things!

Over the last few weeks I've been sharing some Easter projects made courtesy of Hobbycraft and the selection of fun Easter crafting goodies they sent to me to try. Today's pen pot upcycle is not very Easter-y or Spring like but as I totally LOVE it I am unapologetic! 
One of the Supplies I received from Hobbycraft was this enormous bag of pom poms, all shapes and sizes and colours. I used some little white ones for these bunny tails and flower centres for my Spring Wreath.

But look at all these amazing bright pom poms...
pom pom all the things
Don't they just make you want to pom pom all the things?
I knew they needed to decorate something and I knew it had to be bright and fun.
You can't have too many pen pots, everyone needs pens and in a pot they are handy and ready to grab at a moments notice. If you can make one by upcycling an old container then all the better. 
To make a pom pom pen pot like mine you will need:

An old container, mine was a glass jam jar.
Pom Poms, mine were from this big bag from Hobbycraft
A hot glue gun
Upcycled pom pom pen pot
First wash your container, remove any labels and dry thoroughly.
Sort your pom poms - this was the best bit, it's very therapeutic to plunge your hands into a big bag of soft pom pom, trust me! I separated into a bowl all the ones which were about 1 cm in diameter. Your pot will look more even if you use pom poms that are all the same size. 
I only used the bright coloured pom poms for this, I didn't include black or white or the soft pink or yellow. You can use whatever colours you like but it is definitely worth getting them all ready in a bowl. Once you start gluing you want them easy to grab.

Now just hot glue the pom poms onto the jar. It's easiest to apply a 3 cm or so length of glue then press on 3 pom poms. Then just repeat. You want them pretty close together so there are no big gaps.
I started roughly in the middle and went all the way round in a circle, then added rows above and below. 
Upcycled pom pom pen tub
It would probably make more sense to start at the bottom and work your way up - I'm not entirely sure why I didn't do that! 
I went for a totally random colour scheme but you could do a fab pattern if you felt so inclined. 
Upcycled pom pom pen pot
That's it. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy and you have a fabulous, colourful pom pom pen pot to brighten your day. Your desk will have never looked better! 
Upcycled pom pom pen pot
Doesn't it just make you want to pom pom all the things?! 
Update: This also helps if you are a little clumsy and drop pen pots on the floor occasionally - no breakages here - whoop whoop!

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Julia Nyanyo
Julia Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

21 comments:

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    1. Thanks Christina, I love these mad colours together.

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  2. Cute, cute, CUTE!! I cannot wait to make this with my middle school girl! Thanks for sharing over at Home Matters!

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    1. I hope you enjoy making this together, it is easy peasy, just be careful with that hot glue! Obviously I would never burn my fingers but I understand sometimes people do!!!

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  3. Oh yes definitely Julie. Love, love, love your pompom pen holder and all I want to do is craft with pompoms right now. Those bright colors look great all together.

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    1. They are just just a happy craft material to play with aren't they?

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  4. This is a great idea - first, the colors of those pom poms are so happy, and second, I have several glass jars that no matter what I do, I cannot get all the glue from the labels off of them. They won't be good for etching or painting, but that would all be hidden if I went this way.

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    1. I'm the same, I hate just wasting perfectly good jars but sometimes you have to wonder what they stick the labels on with!
      I have had some success with baby oil for removing labels though and I brought a bottle called sticky stuff remover which is good 99% of the time.

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  5. Such a colourful and fun idea. This would brighten up any desk!

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    1. I agree, I'm afraid a sophisticated desk space is not for me. I enjoy a splash or two of colour.

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  6. What a clever idea and I love the colourful result :).

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    1. Thanks, colourful is definitely the word isn't it?!

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  7. What a super idea. I love it.

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  8. Love the bright colours:) I suspect my son would just look at it an opportunity to remove the pompoms!!!

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    1. I guess it could be seen as a challenge to some! Maybe wait till he's a bit older...

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  9. Such a fun idea and looks so good

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    1. Thank you Caroline, it's not the shabby chic, Victoriana effect of the beautiful things you make but it is a pop of brightness on the desk, that's for sure!

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  10. Super cute idea. My daughter would love something like this.

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  11. Julie,
    Such a happy way to contain pens or pencils. I think I would put all my colored markers in your jar. Thanks for sharing with TADA!
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

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  12. how fun and simple and great use of a throwaway jar! I would pop this out in a heartbeat for a child's room.

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