08 July 2010

pom pom dandelion

My daughter came to me crying this morning.

"Mom! (sniff, sniff) I accidentally pulled too hard and, um (sniff, sniff), I pulled off the pom pom! Can you (snifff) sew it?"

She pulled the pom pom off these slipper boots:

She was heartbroken when I told her I couldn't reattach the pom pom. But then she got an idea.

"Mom! I could attach a green pipe cleaner to it and make a pretend dandelion!"

Hmm. It is a good idea, creatively speaking. But her room is overflowing with impromptu crafts that she clings to and refuses to clear out. Do I really want another piece of clutter in there?

I said no. She begged and pleaded (which really annoys me). Finally I agreed to a deal. If she could bring me five objects from her room--toys, old crafts, not just scraps of paper or other garbage--then I would help her make the dandelion.

She agreed. I do this often; bargain with her to get rid of multiple items in exchange for one new item. It's one of my favorite tricks.

To make the dandelion: 
  • I grasped a small portion of the loose pom pom threads and wrapped a pipe cleaner around them, as close to the base of the pom pom as possible. 
  • I bent the pipe cleaner around them almost halfway down the pipe cleaner and twisted, leaving a long stem and slightly shorter tail.
  • I twisted the tail around the portioned threads and stem, floral tape style, to hide the threads and provide some stability.
  • I used my fingernail to bend the sharp end of the wrapped tail to avoid scratched little fingers.
Here's the photo again, so you don't have to scroll back up:
She's extremely happy with the way it turned out. I think it's pretty cute, too. Definitely worth the trade. She wants to wrap it around a pen to make a dandelion pen. Would make a good teacher gift, no? Party favor? It took me about 10 whole seconds to do, so making these in multiples would be easy.


house 09 said...

how do you get to be so creative... coming up with all these toys from scraps :) precious last shot!

Marisa said...

Creative, cheap, recycler...those words were all synonymous when I was growing up. I come from thrifty stock. :)

patricia said...

Cute and easy project! And I love your bargaining idea.

Ellen said...

Isn't it great when you can heal the boo-boo? smiles.

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