Pom poms are the perfect add-on to any yarn project that adds a splash of color and texture. They are easy to make and most of the times, you just need a little bit yarn to make one! Of course you can buy pom poms (like everything else these days!) but if you can make your own, you can customize them so that they match the color of your project. It’s also a good way to use your leftover yarn!
Where Can You Possibly Use Them?
There are so many projects where you can use pom poms! For example, you can make a chunky hat or a beanie and attach a large pom pom topper. Or, you can add little pom poms at the end of a scarf. You can even go wild and make a colorful wreath with pom poms! These are just a few examples. No matter where you use them, it’s gonna add a little bit of fun and color to your project.
How To Make Pom Poms?
There are different ways to make pom poms, and everyone has different ways to make them. You can use forks, a pom pom maker, an embroidery hoop, and many more. The possibilities are endless! Ultimately it depends on the size you want and what tools do you have with you. But, the most important thing is that you have enough yarn to make a pom pom; otherwise, it will look like a flimsy and droopy version of a really nice and fluffy ball.
#1 With Store Bought Tools
There are many pom pom makers available in the market at a fraction of the cost. They come in different sizes and making a pom pom is just two minutes task. It’s that easy! These pom pom makers look something like this:
You can get different sizes of pom pom makers if you are planning to make several pom poms. Check out the video instructions from Red Ted Art on how to use Clover Pom Pom Maker.
DIY Ways To Make Pom Poms Using Items At Home!
You might think that buying a pom pom maker is a big commitment when you only need it for 1-2 projects. So, here are some ways you can make pom poms with simple things available at home!
#2 Hand Wrapping or Finger Wrapping Method
There’s no need for any kind of tools or templates – just use your bare hands and a pair of scissors to make pom poms. Just hold your fingers out and wrap the yarn around them – you can use two fingers or three fingers – depends on the size of pom pom. After you have wrapped the yarn around the fingers in sufficient amount, wrap the yarn in the middle of the pom pom (between middle and forefinger). Tie it tightly and cut the fringes to make it spherical. Check out the complete tutorial from Treasurie.
#3 Use The Whole Yarn!
This is definitely the easiest method for making pom pom. Just take a wool yarn and tie it with a thread. Simply cut open the yarn for the instant pom pom. Like in all the methods, all that is left is trimming the edges to make it even. Check out the 60-Second Giant Pom Pom from Handmade Charlotte.
#4 Make Pom Poms in Bulk
Unlike the above method of using the whole ball or skein of yarn, this one requires a hank of yarn. Just like the above whole ball method, tie the hank at different places so that you can get multiple pom poms. After tying, cut into pieces and shape the fringes in proper shape.
#5 Use A Fork
All you need to make a pom pom is a fork. It’s something that we all have in our kitchens. You can make small to medium-sized pom poms with this fork method. Its fluffiness depends on how many times you wrap the yarn around the fork tongs. Wrap yarn around the tongs until you are satisfied with the size, tie it in the middle of the two center tongs, and cut the sides to open and fluff it up.
#6 Using A Cardboard Template (Circle)
The Spruce Crafts gives step-by-step written instructions with pictures to make a cardboard pom pom template. It’s a cardboard ring that’s open, allowing the movement of yarn. You can make any size circle depending on the size of pom pom you want. Unlike the above two methods, you have to cut the windings open before tying it from the center. Or, you can check the video tutorial below.
#7 Another Cardboard Template (Arch)
This method by Homemade Gifts Made Easy suggests making an arching shape with cardboard. They even give the exact templates that you can trace and cut out on cardboard for three sizes of pom poms. According to them, it takes much lesser time than by using the classic ‘cardboard circle’ method.
#8 DIY Cardboard Tongs
Well, this time, we are making tongs out of cardboard to mimic the fork method. Basically, you cut out two thick tongs with a little gap between them and go bananas with wrapping the yarn. What’s different from the other cardboard methods is that you can tie the yarn windings together from the center before cutting them loose. It is easy to make pom poms of different sizes as you just have to adjust the thickness of the tongs. Unlike other cardboard methods, you might find it easier as you just have to cut in straight lines, not a circle. Check out written instructions from TheCraftTrain or see the video below.
#9 Make Pom Poms With Two Toilet Paper Rolls
You can use the two toilet paper rolls method to make giant pom poms. Hold two empty rolls side-by-side and wrap yarn around the thickness of both rolls until you reach the desired size. Tie the yarn in the middle and cut the outer fringes to give it spherical shape. Read the instructions from FakingItFabulous.
#10 Use Chair Legs!
Wrap a ton of yarn around two legs of a chair or table (depending on the number of pom poms you need). Tie the whole bunch together at regular intervals and then cut from in-between. Shape the pom poms individually by trimming off the fringes. You can read the detailed instructions from FlaxandTwine. If you have a dedicated craft table, you can follow JenineProvidence by hammering two nails on your wooden bench.
#11 Embroidery Hoop Method
You can use a small embroidery frame to make pom pom. Simply wrap the yarn diametrically on the frame until you reach desired thickness. Tie the wrapped yarn together and then cut from the edges. These pom poms will certainly be bigger in size as compared to other methods. The size is also dependent on the size of frame that you choose. See step-by-step instructions to make Giant Pom Poms by VintageRevivals.
The Not-Yarn Pom Poms
Yarn pom poms are the most common ones that you’ll need in your knitting or crochet projects. But, other than yarn, there are different materials that you can use to make pom poms. You can use tulle, tissue paper, faux fur, or even a t-shirt.
Check out some interesting DIY pom poms:
- T-Shirt Pom Poms
- DIY Fur Pom Poms
- Tulle Pom Poms
- How to Make Pom Poms with Newspaper
- DIY Upcycled Plastic Bag Pom Poms!
Aren’t these fun? Which method is your favorite for making pom poms? Share the post with someone who is trying to figure out the best way to make pom pom!
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