Flax Pom Poms!

This is a perfect activity to do to wind down from a long day of exploring! It does take a bit of patience but its definitely worth the results!  

 

What you’ll need:

  • Harakeke/Flax leaves
  •  Cardboard 
  • Scissors 

Your first task is to collect some long green flax leaves - here’s a link on how to collect flax properly and respectfully! https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/topic/3623 

Split the flax leaves into about 1 millimetre strings - I found that any thicker the pompom wont flare out as nicely...

After saying our karakia and collecting our flax, we went to our recycling bin to look for some bits of cardboard we could use.

Put two cardboard pieces on top of each other, cut them into a circle, then cut out the middle of that circle… See below! Keep in mind that the bigger you make the inner circle the more work you'll have to do to fill it!

 


Start to make your pom pom! Hold onto the end of the flax while you wrap the harakeke string through the hole around and outside and through the hole again. Keep doing this until you’ve used the whole length of flax string. Make sure you secure the flax end with the next piece if flax string :)

Repeat these steps until no more flax string can fit through the hole, this is the only way you can get a perfect pompom!


Once you can't weave anymore grass through the cardboard, get your scissors and cut between the two cardboard pieces and tightly tie a knot with a strong bit of harakeke string in between the two bits of cardboard. Pull off the bits of cardboard and cut any flax that's too long or unruly! 


Now fluff them up, and tie a long piece of string to them so you can hang them up!

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