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    Sanrio Halloween DIY Pom Pom Garland

    Halloween is coming up soon! Let's celebrate spooky season with this adorable DIY Sanrio pom pom garland craft.

    Since Kuromi’s birthday falls on Halloween, she’s throwing a spooky costume bash for all her favorite friends. She loves tricks and treats after all! To celebrate I’m sharing this pom pom garland that features four Sanrio characters: Hello Kitty, Pompompurin, Kuromi and Keroppi. This project is made mostly of yarn and felt and would make a super cute addition to your Halloween decor. Grab your friends and let’s get crafting!

    Hi friends! My name is Blaire and I’m a craft content creator and photo stylist for my brand, Freshly Fuji. I love using my imagination to bring my cute and colorful ideas to life and hope to spread joy and encourage creativity through my art. You can find my work on my blog, FreshlyFuji and Instagram @freshlyfuji. I’ve loved Sanrio ever since I was a little girl and have the most wonderful memories collecting all of their cute goodies for my room and for school. It’s truly an honor to be working with Sanrio to celebrate Kuromi, the Friend of the Month!

     

    Materials

    • Yarn - white, yellow, black, lime green
    • Felt sheets - pink, red, yellow, lime green, purple, black, white
    • Stiffened felt sheets* - yellow, white, black
    • White gauze bandage roll
    • Mini pom poms - black, pink
    • Glitter fabric paint - silver
    • Printed character images**

     

    Tools

    • Pompom maker
    • Fine point scissors
    • Yarn brush (you can also use a clean pet brush)
    • Toothpicks
    • Tweezers
    • Hot glue gun + glue sticks***
    • Paper plate

     

    Notes:

    *Stiffened felt will be used for the ears. It’s totally optional, but does help to keep the ears from flopping around.

    **Since pom pom makers come in all sizes, make your pom poms first, then print out the character images to scale. This will make cutting and positioning your felt pieces onto each pom pom much easier!

    ***If you would like to use an alternative to hot glue, find one designed for felt for the best adhesion.

     

    Instructions

    Making a pom pom - You will use this process for each character!

    1. Wrap yarn around each arch of your pom pom maker until it’s completely full. Trim the yarn when you get to the end. Close the pom pom maker.
    2. Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut all the way through the wrapped yarn. Cut a strand of yarn and tie a tight double knot around all the strands.
    3. Remove pom pom from the pom pom maker and trim loose ends.
    4. Use a yarn brush to lightly brush and unravel the ends of the yarn for a softer, fuzzy pom pom. Trim the excess to form a smooth, oval shape. Your pom pom is complete!

     

    Hello Kitty

    1. Make a white pom pom as described above. This will be Hello Kitty’s head.

    2. Cut out felt pieces referencing your printed image 

    • White felt: Small rectangular strip (for hanging)
    • White stiff felt: Two triangle ears
    • Yellow felt: Oval nose
    • Black felt: Two ovals for eyes, six tiny strips for whiskers, a bow, a skull
    • Purple felt: Witch hat
    • Red felt: Hat band
    3. Create witch hat
    • Decorate the bow and skull with glitter paint. Using a toothpick helps! Allow to dry before proceeding. Then glue the skull to the center of the bow. Finally, glue the red hat band and bow to the hat.
    4. Assemble the pom pom
    • Fold the rectangular strip in half and apply glue to attach the ends. Then insert the loop into the top of the pom pom and secure it with glue.
    • Apply glue to the bottom edges of the ears and attach to pom pom.
    • Place the eyes, nose and whiskers onto the pom pom first with tweezers. Then once you’re happy with the placement, squeeze a blob of glue onto a paper plate. Use a toothpick to apply tiny dots of glue to the pom pom surface before attaching the facial features.
    • Apply glue to the bottom half of the hat and attach it to the top of Hello Kitty’s head. Isn’t she bewitching?

    Pompompurin
    1. Make a yellow pom pom as described above. This will be Pompompurin’s head.
    2. Cut out felt pieces referencing your printed image
    • Yellow felt: Small rectangular strip (for hanging)
    • Yellow stiff felt: Two ears
    • Black felt: Two small circle eyes, nose and mouth piece
    • Red felt: Beret hat

    3. Assemble the pom pom
    • Fold the rectangular strip in half and apply glue to attach the ends. Then insert the loop into the top of the pom pom and secure it with glue.
    • Cut gauze into thin strips. Wrap gauze strips around ears and secure the ends to the back with glue. Apply glue to the inner edges of the ears and attach to pom pom.
    • Place the eyes, nose and mouth onto the pom pom first with tweezers. Then once you’re happy with the placement, use a toothpick to apply tiny dots of glue to the pom pom surface before attaching the facial features.
    • Wrap gauze strips around the head one by one in an overlapping fashion, securing the ends with glue. Continue until the head is covered to your liking.
    • Apply glue to the bottom half of the hat and attach it to the head. It’s now a pom pom Pompompurin!

    Kuromi
    1. Make a black pom pom as described above. This will be Kuromi’s head.
    2. Cut out felt pieces referencing your printed image
    • Black felt: Small rectangular strip (for hanging), eyes with eyelashes, a smile, two tiny circles, a six-point star
    • Black stiff felt: Two pointed jester hat ears
    • White felt: Oval face with wedge cut out from the top
    • Pink felt: Oval nose, a smile (smaller than the black piece), a skull

    3. Decorate Kuromi's jester hat and collar pieces
    • Attach black pom poms to the points of the ears with glue. Use a toothpick to apply two tiny dots of glue to the skull where the eyes go, then use tweezers to position the two tiny black eyes. Attach pink pom poms to the points of the star to finish the collar.
    4. Create Kuromi’s face
    • Place the eyes, nose and mouth onto the white face first with tweezers. Then once you’re happy with the placement, use a toothpick to apply tiny dots of glue to the felt surface before attaching the facial features.
    5. Assemble pom pom
    • Fold the rectangular strip in half and apply glue to attach the ends. Then insert the loop into the top of the pom pom and secure it with glue.
    • Apply glue to the bottom edges of the ears and attach to pom pom.
    • Attach Kuromi’s completed face to the bottom portion of the pom pom, then attach the skull to her forehead.
    • Apply glue to the center of the collar piece and place Kuromi’s head right in the middle. This little bunny is dressed to jest!

    Keroppi
    1. Make a green pom pom as described above. This will be Keroppi’s head.
    2. Cut out felt pieces referencing your printed image
    • Green felt: Small rectangular strip (for hanging), brow piece
    • White felt: Two circle eyes
    • Black felt: Two small circle pupils, a skinny V shape mouth, two bolt shapes
    • Red felt: Two circle cheeks
    • Purple felt: Two semi-circle eyelids

    3. Create Keroppi’s eyes
    • Use a toothpick to apply glitter fabric paint to the black bolt pieces. Allow to dry before proceeding.
    • Place the two white circles next to each other so they’re touching. Glue the pupils near the middle. Then attach the purple eyelids to the eyes and brow piece over the eyelids. This will connect both eyes. Glue the bolts just behind either side of the eyes.
    4. Assemble pom pom
    • Fold the rectangular strip in half and apply glue to attach the ends. Then insert the loop into the top of the pom pom and secure it with glue.
    • Apply glue to the back bottom half of Keroppi’s eyes, then attach them to the top portion of the pom pom.
    • Place the cheeks and mouth onto the pom pom first with tweezers. Then once you’re happy with the placement, use a toothpick to apply tiny dots of glue to the pom pom surface before attaching them. Keroppi, the Franken-frog is ready to party!

    To finish the garland, just string some yarn through the loops you created. Your super cute pom pom garland is complete. You can hang it anywhere you need some extra spooks and smiles! Happy crafting friends!

    Please note: Sanrio has invited, but does not necessarily endorse, the comments of this guest blogger. Any ideas or instructions for homemade products featuring Hello Kitty or other Sanrio characters are authorized for personal use only. A separate license from Sanrio is always required to sell or distribute any products featuring Hello Kitty or other Sanrio characters.  The contents of this blog are the copyrighted works of Sanrio.