This project is excerpted from Adventures in Pompom Land 25 Cute Projects made from Handmade Pompoms. Elephants are said to have amazing memories. But this little guy’s bright eyes, friendly expression and smile will make you remember him forever.
* Basic Pompom Toolbox * 100% Wool yarn: Gray * 100% Wool felt: Gray andtwo colors of your choosing * 100% Wool roving: Gray* 4-inch (10.2cm) gray piper* Needle felting supplies* 2 black glass eyes (10 or 12mm) * Template: Ears * Wire cutters* 12-inch (30.5cm) length of wood dowel, 5mm in diameter* Scallop-edge scissors (optional), * Micro hole punch (optional).
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS : 53/4 inches (14.6cm) high at the top of your head
Step 1: Using the steps 2-6 from Making Pompoms By Hand, create a smooth, fat, egg-shaped, 3-inch (7.6cm) pompom using gray yarn as the head. Patons medium-weight Classic wool was used for approximately 1/3 of the project. It is approximately 69 yards (63m).
Step 2: Next, place the nose at the narrow end the egg shape. Cut a small section into the wool plush. Apply glue to the end of the egg shape and bend the pipe cleaner slightly for the Elephant’s trunk. To secure the pipe cleaner, wrap the fibers of wool yarn around it. Step 3: Let dry. Wrap a piece of gray wool yarn around the pipe cleaner. Step 4: Use the inverted triangle layout (see Placing the Nose & Eyes here) to decide where the eyes should be. Place the yarn in a section, then carefully add a drop of glue to each eye. The wire ends of the glass eyes can be inserted into the pompom by gently pressing down on the part. Step 5: Let the glue dry. Step 6: Cut two ears out of wool felt. Make small cuts in the wool along the sides of the head. To secure the fibers around your ears, pinch them together and let dry.
Step 7: Create a larger pompom using the gray yarn. Trim it into a fat bun shape pompom that measures approximately 4 inches (10.2cm) in diameter and length. I used about 1/2 skein medium-weight Patons Classic wool, which is approximately 95 yards (96m).
Step 8: Use your wire cutters to make the legs of the Elephant. Cut four equal lengths from the wooden dowel.
Step 9: Wrap each leg with thick wool roving strips and then needle-felt around the dowel. (See Needle Felting Appendages). Needle feel the roving evenly and tightly around the legs. Make sure you needle feel the bottom of your dowel to ensure it is covered. If you prefer a cleaner appearance, trim any excess “fuzzies”.
Step 10: Draw four large, deep lines on the Elephant’s bottom where you will position the legs. To attach the legs, glue each section and then secure the legs by firmly securing the wool fibers. The legs can be adjusted to allow the Elephant to stand. It should dry upright.
Step 11: Attach the head to the body. To make a cute and curious expression, tilt your head towards one side. Place a nickel-sized dollop of glue on the top of your body pompom. It may take some time for the glue to dry. A long floral pin is used to keep the head in place. After the glue has dried, remove the pin.
Step 12: To make the tail, cut nine pieces from gray yarn into lengths of 6 inches (15.2 cm). Then tie them at one end. The yarn can be divided into three sections. Each section should contain three pieces of yarn. Finally, braid the three sections together. Then, trim the ends and knot them together. Place the tail in the middle of the pompom. To secure the tail, gently pinch the wool fibers. Let dry.
Step 13: Cut an oval using the pinking shears or scallop-edge scissors from each felt color. One should measure 3 inches (7.6cm) in length and the other two should measure 21/2 inches (6.8cm). If desired, decorate the edges of the ovals using a micro hole punch. The smaller oval should be glued to the larger, and then glue them together on the Elephant’s back using a pipe cleaner, or ribbon, while the glue dries.
Step 14: Add a ribbon to your elephant.