After seeing a similar pair of pompom earrings that didn’t come in colors I’d wear, I decided to make a pair of my own. I already had the brass tubing left over from previous projects like my himmeli gems and himmeli diamond plant holder, so all I needed was the pompoms. While you can make your DIY pompom earrings in any color you want, I decided to go with black, because it’s classic, looks great with brass, and it’s the color I wear the most other than gray.
Can we talk about the spelling of the word for these fuzzy balls? I can’t decide whether to spell it “pompom,” “pom pom,” or “pom-pom.” Right now I’m going with “pompom,” but don’t be surprised if I come back and edit this post. The dictionary is no help, since all are acceptable alternate spellings. The only one I can’t deal with is “pompon,” because it sounds too much like tampon. What’s your vote?
What matters more than how to spell the word is how cute (and easy!) these DIY pompom earrings are. After seeing how these turned out, I kind of want to make a couple more pairs in other colors. My track record for wearing other colors may be poor, but that doesn’t have to stop me from trying!
It may just look like I’m wearing my hair up in these photos, but I actually got it cut last week, and I love it! I got about 6 inches chopped off, which is slightly more than I had been planning, but I’m so happy I did it. My curls have been rejuvenated, it’s much easier to deal with, and much cooler. Plus, you can see earrings better without so much hair in the way.
DIY Pompom Earrings
1. Measure and mark the 1/8″ brass tubing to 1 1/4″ (about 3.2 cm), and cut two pieces to this length with the tubing cutter.
2. Thread the needle, double the thread so that it’s about 12″-long doubled, and tie a knot 1/2-to-1-inch from the end. Stick the needle through one of the pompoms, and pull the thread through.
3. Slide the needle through the brass tube, then the other pompom. Pull tight, and press the needle back down through the tubing and both pompoms. Pull the thread tight, and tie a knot in the end as close to the center of the pompom as you can manage. Trim the thread ends.
4. Put a big dab of glue on each stud earring blank, and press them firmly into the smaller pompoms. Let dry.
5. Fluff the pompoms, and trim any bits that stick out.