Easy Ways to make martenitsas

Here are a couple of easy ways to make martenitsas:

* Don’t you love these pipe cleaners? You can use them for so many different craft projects! And now we will show you how to make the simplest martenitsa with pipe cleaners:
You need one red and one white pipe cleaner. You twist them together and then bend the twisted string into a circle to make a bracelet. It’s that simple!  You got yourself a martenitsa bracelet!

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* Pom poms are another popular kind of martenitsa. Normally one pom pom is solid red and the other one – solid white color. But sometimes you will see a pom pom that is a mixture of the two colors.
Here is a quick way to make these fun pom poms:
You need white and red yarn, a fork and scissors.

Wind red yarn around the fork. Wrap it around roughly 25 times. Run a string of yarn in the middle of the fork and tie it really tight around the winded yarn. Pull the fork out. Cut through the two opposite sides while making sure the knot stays in the middle. Then spread the yarn and give your pom pom a good “haircut” to make it even all around. Repeat these steps with the white yarn to make the other pom pom. You can connect the two pom poms with twisted red and white thread.
Your end result – cute little martenitsa pom poms you can pin to your shirt.

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