Cool Craft Friday: The Craft Tastic Pom Pom Kit!

Was I skeptical when I brought this pom pom kit home? Absolutely. Was my mind completely blown by it? Absolutely.

As a casual knitter, I have made many pom poms (to varying degrees of success) over the years. I honestly didn’t know if a craft kit geared towards crafters age 8+ could really live up to the promise of the perfect pom poms featured on the box. Below is a step-by-step photo tour of my experience with the Pom Pom Kit. Spoilers- the results were AWESOME!

Box
Here is a picture of the box…

Open Box
And here is what it looks like open. This kit comes in a nice sturdy box and everything is packaged really nicely. For this reason, I think it would make a great gift. Here is what you get in the Pom Pom kit: 1 bamboo pom pom tool, 6 different colors of yarn (600 yards total), a paper ruler, and instructions.

Yarn package
open yarn
Here you can see the yarn as it comes packaged and unpacked. Before I set out to make my pom poms I rolled all of the yarn into balls. You do not have to do this, but I think it helped things move more quickly when I got to the actual pom pom making.

Assembled Pom Pom tool
Here is the pom pom tool assembled. It comes in 5 pieces (2 dowels, 3 flat pieces) and assembles really easily. The pom pom tool is also quite sturdy, I accidentally knocked it off the table at one point with no damage, and is fully adjustable. For this reason, you can make pom poms ranging in size from 1 inch to 15 inches! The included instruction book provides simple directions to get you started on making whatever size pom pom you want.

Wrapped yarn
Step 1: Tie your yarn on to the tool and get wrapping! I decided to make the 2 inch pom poms so I just followed the guide and wrapped 120 rounds of yarn onto the tool. As you can see from the picture, I used multiple colors of yarn all at once. For this reason, the wrapping to 120 went really quick.

Yarn in a bowl
I placed the pom pom tool on a table and then pulled my yarn from a bowl on the floor. If you want your pom poms to be a single color, you would just need to wrap that one color around you tool as many times as it says in the instructions. Super easy!

Tied Strings
Step 2: Using 18 inch pieces of yarn, tie you pom poms off. This kit comes with a paper ruler the exact size of the bamboo tool. For this reason, it is super easy to tuck your ruler under the tool and tie off your pompoms precisely. For me, this was the hardest part of the process. As is clearly explained in the instructions, the center knot is the key to a strong and usable pom pom. To make sure my knots were tied tightly, I followed the knot instructions from the kit and had someone else do the old “place your finger on the knot” trick so I could tie them super tight.

Tied Strings
Here is everything tied off.

Partially cut pom pom
Step 3: Cut apart your pom poms! Using a sharp pair of scissors (not included in the kit), I cut apart my pom poms. It is important to note that, at this stage, they will not be perfectly symmetrical. Don’t worry, the next step will take care of this. Also note, this step takes some time. It takes a couple of minutes to neatly cut through that much yarn.
Untrimmed Pom Poms
Here are my roughly cut apart pom poms. Even all jagged, they look pretty great!

Untrimmed Single Pom Pom
Perfect Final Pom Pom
Step 4: Trim your pom poms! Again, this step takes a little time. But once it is done, you have a bunch of really awesome pom poms! Look at my before and after pictures of one of my pom poms above.

Once you have made your pom poms, the possibilities are endless! The pom pom tool in this kit can be used over and over with any yarn you might have. This kit would be a great way for any crafty kid (boys too!) to get started making holiday gifts for their friends, family, and teachers. Pom pom ornaments, keychains, decorations… the projects are endless! Pom pom pumpkin, perhaps?

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Pete the Cat Preschool Classroom!

We were super excited when we got in Pete the Cat classroom decor a few weeks back. Well, thanks to one of our teacher customers, here is an opportunity for you all to see how awesome Pete looks in a preschool classroom! Please enjoy the pictures below and, if you happen to be a creative teacher with a room you would like to share, please feel free to email us some pictures and descriptions to burnsabctoyzone@gmail.com. You just might end up on our blog! Just think of the bragging rights! And now back to Pete!

Here is the classroom's circle time area. Pete is holding down the teacher's chair for the time being.
Here is the classroom’s circle time area. Pete is holding down the teacher’s chair for the time being.
Here is a closer look at some Pete the Cat themed job assignments. If you look at the different glasses you can identify the different jobs. ABC helper, anyone?
Here is a closer look at some Pete the Cat themed job assignments. If you look at the different glasses you can identify the different jobs. ABC helper, anyone?
Can you spot Pete? Also, look how the different tables are marked with some Groovy Buttons? I want to sit at the Red Button Table!
Can you spot Pete? Also, look how the different tables are marked with some Groovy Buttons? I want to sit at the Red Button Table!

This Fellow Could Sure Use a Hug!

Plush Seal

Look at this seal we just got in from Melissa and Doug! He looks like he could use a hug! Or just a person whose room he could hang out in during the day and sleep in at night. That would be fine too. But a hug would really just be stellar.

Awesome August Pencil Sale!

Regular Pencils
It’s officially back to school time! It can be overwhelming for parents, teachers, and kids alike to get ready for those first few weeks of school. But even with the rush of planning going on for those first few weeks, it is easy to forget about the rest of the school year that will be upon us before we know it!

Do yourself a favor this August, take a few minutes to think ahead to the upcoming holidays and events that you could use some pencils for this school year for your or your child’s classroom. We are talking Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, 100th Day of School, and even standardized testing days! Why is it helpful to think of these far off holidays and events in August? Why, because there is a rocking pencil sale on here at ABC & Toy Zone where you can get pencils to celebrate these events at a great price!
Holiday Pencils

All individual theme pencils (regular price $0.30, excludes Birthday, Grade Level, and Student of the Week as well as jumbo pencils) are $0.15 each! That’s a 50% savings! Furthermore, if you purchase 144 pencils (mix and match, excluding Birthday, Grade Level, and Student of the week as well as jumbo pencils) and you get them for $0.10 each! That’s 144 pencils for $14.40! What a great way to stock up for a class party! Come in and check out our Awesome August Pencil Sale Today!

Crazy Day Clearance Sneak Peak: Shhhh No Telling!

We are all pumped here at ABC & Toy Zone for our Crazy Day event starting at 9:00 am tomorrow! If you aren’t familiar with Crazy Days, it is a one day sale where everything in the store is on sale and we have tables that are stuffed with teacher and toy clearance! It is a great chance for teachers to grab those final few necessities, for parents and grandparents to get a jump on birthday and holiday shopping, and for kids to spend some of that hard earned allowance money!

To tide you all over during these last few hours before Crazy Days, I thought I would give blog readers a little sneak preview of our clearance section in Burnsville! Please note that clearance stock will vary by location. With that said, enjoy this special preview!

Playmobil
Hello, Playmobil! The only thing better than Playmobil? Sale Playmobil!

spanish letters
Spanish magnetic letters! Someone is going to have a rocking white board or fridge.

thomas
Trains. You can never have too many!

Lego
Speaking of things that are better on sale, LEGO!

Keychains
You can never have too much sparkle!

jingo
Rainy days better be on the lookout! Jingo is here to save the day!

Alex Kits
One final item for your consideration, Alex craft kits! Lots of cool projects and the perfect size for a birthday gift or camp care package.

Things Are Getting a Little “Frozen” at ABC & Toy Zone!

Frozen Dresses
We are so excited to finally have these amazing costumes in at ABC & Toy Zone! Look at these beautiful costume dresses! Not only are they gorgeous, they are machine washable! What a great gift for the special princess in your life. However, due to high demand and limited quantities of these dresses, we highly recommend you contact your local ABC & Toy Zone to check for quantity and size availability.

Also, if you are a little hungry after a long afternoon of imaginary princess play, Frozen Jelly Belly candies are just the ticket!