Pom Pom Kids’ Craft & The Book Advent

Avery liked the poms I decorated our advent books with, sooooo, yesterday I taught her how to create her own. Since I had to google how to make them here’s a little tutorial…

1 Wrap 100 times around 3 fingers (more or less depending on the size you want.)
2 Cut a 12″ piece of yarn and tie it around the whole wrapped piece. Leave this piece long until you are ready to use your pom. Tie from the back to the front so it kind of looks like a bow. Do not tie it from the center of the wrapped yarn to the front.ย It has to be tied around the entire wrapped piece.
3 Cut the edges
4 Fluff and trim. It was actually a lot more trimming then I thought. But you can leave it shaggier or nice and short. You are basically giving it a hair cut. If it is at a bad haircut stage keep evening it out.
There is also a great way to do this with two pieces of cardboard cut like a donut with two notches but this was easier for us. : )


You can string them along a garland, put on presents, on your tree or make ornaments.
My twin and me making some under the tree. Funny that this happens a lot where we are dressed the same. The other day we had the same teal colored pants on. I didn’t even notice until the end of the day and Collin pointed it out. I do draw the line, however, when three of us four girls are rocking leopard print. That was a bit much. Only one girl allowed to wear leopard at a time. ; )


For the past couple years I have wanted to start that fun tradition where you unwrap a Christmas book everyday leading up to December 25th. I love seeing all the pretty stacked books on pinterest & blogs. And thinking of the kids all excited to open the next one sounded too fun to miss out on.
Well, I only had 20 books but I was ready to wrap. Collin helped me one night and we used just brown paper and string. I made some of them fancy with gold numbered thickers and ribbon. Since we started wrapping them before the kids went to bed I made it very clear that these areย old books not new presents so don’t be sneaky and open them early… we are opening one every day until Christmas. I looked at their cute faces and thought, hey, I think they are finally listening to me! Fast forward to the next morning when I was in the kitchen making breakfast and Lola came walking in with one of the wrapped books now unwrapped!! I ran to the living room and there was Quincey with every single book unwrapped!!!!!!!!!!!! The horror. Avery kept apologizing for her and Q said she was looking for her Olive, The Other Reindeer book. Of course she was. I wish I would’ve taken a picture but I think I was too bugged then. ha! Well, I wrapped about half again and they aren’t as fancy but I used some pom p0ms and yarn and I strung some smaller poms on twine.ย Those little stinkers!! Definitely on the naughty list at the moment. ; )

A few of our favorite books:
THE GRINCH & I also wrapped our Mr. Krugers Christmas VHS (a classic from the 80s)
You can also go to the library and check out books for the countdown.
What are some of your favorite traditions?

18 thoughts on “Pom Pom Kids’ Craft & The Book Advent

  1. Celeste

    if you take a small piece of cardboard and notch out either side of it, this is even easier than using your fingers!

    1. Elizabeth Kartchner Post author

      Thanks Celeste!
      I tried the cardboard donut too and this was easier for my Avery. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jill

    We have a chest that I got for Christmas when I was little and so I decided to just put Christmas books in it and a few Christmas animals inside. I brought it up from the basement and my 3 year old son said, “YO HO! Way to go!” …because it looks like a treasure chest;) ha! Thanks for sharing this and love that you used poms to decorate the wrapping! clever;) I actually have a pom pom maker but the hand looks way easier;) Have fun day! Smiles, Jill

  3. Lisa W.

    OK first off I read your reply…hoping your “son” doesn’t unwrap like the girlies did…LIZZY was that a major hint…lol………….AND I so enjoyed this post, love those little girlies…love books…and love those little stinker girlies. What a great story to share in the years to come…P.S. Awesome yummy pic of you and Avery under the tree.

    xo Lisa

    1. Elizabeth Kartchner Post author

      haha… I wish I could say it was a hint. I hope so!

      I do find out on the 10th. ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait!!!


  4. Zivile

    Oh, I laughed to tears when reading about your little girls lol ๐Ÿ™‚
    Nice idea to decorate with thread pom poms, will definitely try this!

  5. Heidi

    I am also doing a Christmas book every night but I didn’t wrap mine.I love that idea of wrapping them! Yours looks adorable and yes, what little stinkers. Well def make a good story that I am sure they will always remember.

  6. Jule

    I got the idea from Ally Edwards but decided to sew little fabric bags for the books. I don’t want to waste paper every year (and time to wrap). Very German ;). And of course it helps with serious cases of curiousness ;).

  7. Anna Vaschina

    We have a numbered Christmas paper chain to help the little ones (a countdown), we love going to our church Christmas Carols. I love the books idea too, definitely prepare that for next year ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Destiny

    One of our favorite Christmas books is Humphrey’s First Christmas. It’s a really sweet book! We also like Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett (really anything by her). We’ll have to try the pom poms…thanks for the tutorial!


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