Product Review: Clover Pompom Maker Tools by Emma
Posted in Product Reviews on Wednesday the 24th May 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
When I was a child, I made pom-poms using two circles of cardboard, and that's how I made them until recently. Having children who enjoy crafting, I've discovered how to make pom-poms with the inner part of a toilet roll, and even made dinky ones using a fork. I've never used a professional device, so was thrilled to be asked to review the Clover Pom-Pom Maker in the small and the extra small sizes.
The packaging is functional, and quite eye catching.
There are some basic project ideas pictured, and a summary of the instructions on the back.
It was easy enough to open the packet without damaging the product or instructions, but there is a staple securing the bottom of the plastic part, so if this is for a child, please be aware of this. If you are a klutzy adult, you may also wish to be aware of this. I'll admit to a minor cut.
Each pack comes with two different sized makers. The small makers are 35mm and 45mm...
And the extra small makers are 20mm and 25mm.
If you prefer your measurements imperial, the sizes are 1 3/8 inches, 1 5/8 inches, 3/4 inches, and 1 inch respectively. I was pleased to see that the individual makers are marked with their size, in metric, however, this is just an imprint in the plastic, so if the light isn't too good it's not easy to read. Luckily, each maker is a different colour, so this should also be of some assistance.
The product is made of plastic, with a central metal pin. They are sturdy items, and are still functional even after being used as a brachiosaurus family by my four year old.
I found the instructions on the outer packaging a bit confusing, but the ones inside are much clearer. There were a couple of places I was unsure what to do, but went with a best guess, and this worked.
I was really impressed with how straightforward it was to use, and how quickly I produced a smart looking pom-pom. I'm not sure whether it is a quicker process, or just feels quicker, but this is the first time I've actually thought I could mass produce pom-poms. My daughters want to make a pom-pom rug, but lose interest after making a couple of pom-poms. Now, I can imagine them making the complete requirement in an afternoon.
The product is suitable for both left and right handed people, and the process is the same; no tweaking required. This gets a thumbs up from our family.
I gave the packaging and the makers to my nine year old, and asked her to follow the instructions without assistance. She didn't have any problems doing this, although did have the same queries that I had. This would be a nice gift for a tween crafter; the packaging is colourful and attractive without looking garish, and caught my daughter's interest. We've already got a list of future pom-pom creations; this cute Robin is just the start.
It's also been tested by the four year old.
He needed a bit of help to hold it, but loved winding the wool, and helping me cut it. He was thrilled with his finished pom-pom.
The process itself is quite straightforward. The maker is made of two pieces, both with two hinged arms. If not already connected, they should be joined together via the pin.
Open out both arms on one side, and wrap wool round it. I wasn't sure how to start off, so I did what I'd normally do making pom-poms, and wind over the loose bit. This works fine, as does holding the loose bit taut. Don't wrap too full; there should still be a bit of curve visible at the bottom, and the arms should close back fairly flush.
Snip the trailing wool, and repeat for the other side.
Once both sets of arms are covered and closed again, snip the pom-pom open one side at a time.
A small pair of scissors is useful here; you don't cut the whole pom-pom at once, but the gully for the smaller pom-poms is a bit too dainty for large scissors. Small household ones work well, but rounded safety scissors didn't do well, particularly with the extra small makers. Something to consider if children are doing this. I suspect safety scissors would work on larger sized makers; the extra small makers need a point to access and cut them.
Tie a piece of wool securely and tightly around the middle of the pom-pom, and then carefully open out the arms, one side at a time. Next, gently take the two sides apart, and remove the pom-pom.
I found they needed a roll between palms to help shape them, but required little trimming, mostly just the start and end pieces of wool, and the middle tie. You can see for yourself with these before and after pictures.
Wool can be used straight from the ball, which is a huge advantage over the traditional method. Double knit wool is recommended for these sizes, and it certainly provides better cover, and better pom-poms for these smaller sizes.
I've tried to give an indication of completed size of the pom-poms; this is the largest size...
This is the smallest size...
And these are the sizes next to each other.
As you can see, they are very close to the sizes specified on the makers. I suspect if I was a bit more adept at trimming, they would be perfect. As they are, they are perfect for us.
The green background you can see in some of the photos is a tea towel. After the first few, I realised how far the snipped off wool spread if I wasn't paying attention. A tea towel on my knees helped keep the waste contained, and off my clothes, and therefore easier to tidy.
If you have a paper maker, the wool waste is an interesting addition to home made paper. I did say we like crafts!
Do I recommend this product?
It's well made, suitable for left and right handers, easy enough for a tween to use, and produces plump, impressive looking pom-poms at consistent sizes. I will be getting the other sizes in the range, and I can see our family making lots of use of the set. Just don't mention Tribbles...
Thanks for reading,
Emma from Hot Tea on a Hot Day
Brilliant! Looks like fun and much quicker than the old two card circle method! Your photos are really helpful too. · 11th Nov 2017 03:56pm