DIY It or Buy It? Pom Pom Keychain

I'm excited to announce a new series I spontaneously came up with this week: DIY It or Buy It?! I'm testing out new-to-me techniques and products to see if it is worth DIYing cute and trending craft products. Yay!

For the first post of this series (if I keep calling it a series it makes it sound more legitimate right? ;)  ) I decided to try to make a pom pom keychain. I've seen these around lots and find them super cute to add a bright touch to beach bags, purses, backpacks, etc. I added an additional challenge of creating my own felt pom poms which was a new-to-me technique.

Let's get into it, shall we?

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For this DIY, you'll need:

  • Tassels (I chose these smaller ones from Hobby Lobby)
  • Three (3) felt pom poms (see below)
  • Nylon thread
  • Key ring
  • Needle (I'd suggest using a bigger sized (18/22) tapestry needle than a normal sewing needle)

To create the felt pom poms, I used this video (*note: you will also need the colored felting wool, dish soap, hot water, and cold water to create the felt pom poms):

Honestly, when I watched this video I thought, "That looks crazy...how can those few steps repeated make these adorable felt pom poms that I've been staring at adoringly for the last year on garlands in every craft store?!" But it's true! The steps are very simple and if you follow them, you'll end up with your adorable pom poms! Something I found helpful was learning to not apply too much pressure when rolling the felting wool until the very end when you've compacted it almost completely. 

This was the most daunting step for me since I had never tried this technique before nor worked with felting wool, but I am here to tell you it was super easy and worth it!

Once you've created your three felt pom poms, you'll want to take a piece of nylon thread about 16 inches long. Fold the thread in half so one side has the two ends and the other side has a loop (see photos below). Put the two ends through the eye of the needle. 

Then put the needle through the center of the pom pom that you want to be on the top of the keychain. IMPORTANT: Do not pull the thread all the way through. Instead, leave a small loop at the end during this whole process-that is how we will attach it to the key ring at the end. You might want to put a pencil or even your finger in the loop so that it doesn't slip through as you add the other pom poms. After you get the first pom pom on with the loop, repeat the step with the other two pom poms.

Once you have all three pom poms threaded in order, remove the needle from the thread. Place only one end of the thread through the loop on the tassel to attach the tassel. Tie a knot to attach the tassel to the end of the keychain. Once you have tied a secure knot, trim the ends and either tuck the ends into the bottom pom pom or place a small amount of hot glue or super glue to the loose ends to secure them so they are hidden.

Lastly, using the loop at the top of the keychain, place the keychain onto your key ring. 

And ta da! You have a DIYed pom pom keychain that you made yourself!

So, would I DIY It or Buy It? *drumroll please* I'd honestly suggest DIYing it! You may think I'm saying that being I have a bias being a DIY blogger and all, but hear me out: I'm pretty sure the cost of the supplies for this project is less than most pom pom keychains and with the amount of product I got for that price I could make a good 4 to 5 keychains. This would actually be a super cute gift too! The other great piece is that I think the felt pom poms really add to it instead of the usual yarn pom poms!

All in all, this was wayyy easier than I thought it'd be, and I'm so excited to have another craft skill up my sleeve! DIY pom pom garlands are about to take over my home every holiday :)

Let me know if you try out this craft idea by tagging me on Instagram. Or if you have a suggestion for a DIY It or Buy It, make sure to send it to my Facebook page!

See you next Wednesday :)
~Arianna