Ok. If you’re reading this you’re probably doing what I was doing just a few days ago. You washed a bunch of clothes and threw them in the dryer to find out there were crayons in your load. The melted crayons are not only all over your clothes, but smeared all over the inside of your dryer. You’re probably searching the web for a miracle fix for this issue, so here it is! (NOTE: I have a top load washer and a front load dryer)
First Clean your dryer
Remove all of the clothes from the dryer.
Clean your dryer. I just used Clorox wipes and scraped off all of the melted crayons inside of the dryer. Get as much of the crayon off as possible.
I couldn’t get my dryer white again, I still have a little bit of color on the walls but I kept cleaning and wiping until nothing was coming out onto my paper towels and wipes.
Get clean towels (I grabbed 3 large white ones that I didn’t need anymore), wet them with clean water, wring out water, throw them in the dryer and tumble dry on high heat. This should get most all or most of the leftover melted crayon off.
Repeat step 4 until no more crayon is coming of on your clean towels.
Once your dryer is clean, rewash your clothes
Get the biggest pot you have and start boiling clean water.
Throw all if your clothes into the washer again and use the HOT water setting.
So I was out shopping at the Irvrine Spectrum Center the other day and bumped into this adorable Pom Pom Baby Mobiles by BlaBlah Kids. Ok, so this is definitely one of the cutest things I’ve seen for baby nursery in awhile. But, for $170.00 ($144.00 at some retail stores and online if you’re lucky) it’s WAY out of budget for me. If you could afford this, that’s freaking awesome! But I wasn’t about to buy a mobile for $100+. I have better things to spend money on… like food, toys for my kids and maybe some workout gear that I’ll never get a chance to wear to a real gym.
While taking a closer look I realized that this could totally be made at home
Since a friend of mine is having a baby soon I figured I would take a shot at this. If the end product came out well I could even gift it.
Honestly, there are a lot of tutorials for Pom Pom Baby Mobiles online so I just Googled around for ideas. I spent about 3-4 hours on this project but it’s mostly because I kept having to get up (because mom life for real). If I sat down and stayed focused I could make one of these in 2 hours tops (excluding the time I spent to actually go buy the supplies needed). I had to edit all of my videos with music only because… #1 I was pretty much either yelling at my kids to stop fighting or they were crying… #2 I might have cussed a little too. oops.
Supplies Needed For Your Pom Pom Mobiles
10″ embroidery hoop *$1.77
5″ embroidery hoop *$0.97
4 yarns *$1.50 each = $6.00
pack of mini glue for glue gun (I actually only used 1 stick which I thought was amazing) * $0.97
ceiling hook * $1.29
toilet paper roll
bobby pin*If the item has a price next to it, it means I purchased it. Everything else I had at home. I spent a total of $11.00 at Walmart for this project. Had I purchased everything on this list I would have still spent less than $20.00.
I purchased everything in-store at my local Walmart.
Ok, so this was actually the very first time I made this and I just kind of winged it. I forgot to take photos of a couple steps. I’m sorry in advance for that.
Pom Pom Mobile Instructions
Start by making your pom poms.
I used this tutorial from YouTube. This person used 2 toilet paper rolls but I only had 1. I cut my toilet paper roll in half (length-wise) and taped them to make 2 skinnier rolls. I wrapped 2 yarns around my toilet paper rolls 120 times. Tied my yarn like the video tutorial below. Just note: Cutting yarn is SUPER messy. I would advise doing this outside if you can as I had little threads and yarn dust ALL over the place and was breathing it all in. My pom poms came out to about 2.5 inches wide after all the trimming and making them even. I made 8 pom poms in total: 3 with beige + beige peach brown mix, 2 with beige and light blue and the last 3 with light blue and navy.
And here’s my video:
Cut some more yarn into the lengths you want for your mobile. I didn’t measure and just eyeballed it and tied a knot 5 times at the end.
Attaching the yarn to my pom poms was a little tricky. I ended up using a bobby pin to thread my yarn into my pom pom.
After I threaded my yarn through my pom pom I hot glued the knotted end of my yarn and secured it into the middle of the pom pom.
Making the mobile: I wrapped my beige yarn all around the 10″ wooden embroidery hoop hot gluing all the loose ends. I tried to make sure the gluing was all done towards the inside of the hoop.
Next I wrapped my 7″ embroidery hoop in light blue and navy and made a loop at the very top so you can hang the finished product.
Ok, so here’s where I messed up. I attached the strings with pom poms onto the 10 inch mobile before attaching it to the 5 inch hoop. That’s a big no. Attach the 2 hoops together first. Next hang your mobile somewhere and then tie the strings with pom poms on the mobile.
I tied the yarns with pom poms at the end to the 10 inch mobile in various lengths. You can get creative here but I chose to do a waterfall type of shape. I did this step sooner than I should have so you can see my finished product looks a little bit lopsided. Oops!
Does my DIY Pom Pom Baby Mobiles look perfect?
Absolutely not. I’m sure the people who make these type of baby mobiles in a factory are far more skilled than I am. BUT from a distance? Yeah – I guess it’s close enough.
Would I do this again?
Yes! Ok, so this project is really tedious and it makes a hell of a mess but the end result was cute! How do you not love pompoms? On a scale of 1-10 I would rate the difficulty of this project as a 6. It doesn’t take a whole lot of skill… just a LOT of patience.
I love the fact that you can customize the colors and overall design of your mobile to match any nursery theme. Another thing I saw were these animal shaped pompom tutorials…. see where I’m going here? Picture a baby mobile with little poofy animals.
This was my first tutorial for anything ever so please excuse the fact that a lot of pictures and video is missing. I’ll be sure to do a little more next time! So, what do you think? Do you think you would ever make a pom pom baby mobile? Let me know in the comments below!