Here are two easy ways to make a DIY yarn pom pom with no special equipment. Make these fluffy pom poms in multiple sizes for your next craft project.
My youngest will be starting Kindergarten this fall and my oldest is going into 2nd grade. This may not seem like a big deal, but it will be the first time in almost 8 years that my husband (a stay at home dad) will not have any kids in the home with him.
Since we love creative time in our house, we spent one of our last weekends before the official school year learning how to make pom poms. They are simple to make, but I wouldn’t recommend it for young kids because of the scissors. Honestly, my oldest was only interested in making one and then he wanted to find creative ways to play with it.
On the other hand, I found making a DIY yarn pom pom very relaxing. I think it’s the repetitive act of wrapping the yarn and the precision of trimming it into a poofy little ball.
Is that weird?
::clears throat uncomfortably::
There are multiple ways to DIY yarn pom poms without any special equipment. If you aren’t making them in bulk, try these two easy ways.
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DIY Yarn Pom Pom with Your Fingers
Materials you need:
- Sharp scissors
Start by wrapping the yarn around your fingers. Using two fingers will give you roughly a 1-inch pom pom, three fingers a 2-inch pom pom, and four fingers a 3-inch pom pom. You want to wrap the yarn so that it’s snug enough not to slip off as you’re wrapping, but not so snug that you can’t move your fingers.
Wrap the yarn around your fingers 90 times if you’re using a light or medium weight yarn. I’ve found that 50 times works well with bulky yarn.
When you’re done wrapping the yarn, snip the end and gently remove it from your fingers.
Cut an extra piece of yarn about 6-8 inches long and tie it around the center of the wrapped yarn. Double knot it as tight as you can. You will end up with loops of yarn on each end.
Using sharp scissors, cut through the middle of the loops. You will now have a messy, misshapen yarn pom pom.
Start shaping your pom pom by cutting the edges off until it’s the size and shape of your liking. This step is so much easier with sharp scissors. All of my scissors were fairly dull and not meant for crafting, so I ended up making a last-minute trip to the craft store for an inexpensive pair.
How to make fluffy pom poms
If you use light weight yarn, the pom pom might not be as fluffy as you want it. How do you fix that? Comb it! Use a fine tooth comb and firmly grip the pom pom while you tease the yarn like a bad 80’s hairdo. You will need to trim and shape it again after you fluff it.
I found the bulky yarn naturally fluffs as you trim it without the need for combing.
DIY Yarn Pom Pom Using a Kitchen Fork
Materials you need:
- Sharp scissors
Making mini pom poms is super easy using a kitchen fork. Start out by wrapping the yarn around the tines of the fork. You want to wrap the yarn so that it’s snug enough not to slip off as you’re wrapping, but not so snug that you can’t slide it off when done.
I used a light weight yarn and wrapped it 40 times.
When you’re done wrapping the yarn, snip the end. Cut an extra piece of yarn about 4-6 inches long and insert it between the tines of the fork. Tie it around the center of the wrapped yarn.
Remove from the fork and double knot it as tight as you can. Your yarn will end up with loops on each end.
Using sharp scissors, cut through the middle of the loops. You will start to see a messy, misshapen pom pom forming.
Start shaping your pom pom by cutting the edges off until it is the size and shape of your liking.
There you have it, a miniature pom pom using a fork…and now I realize I need a manicure.
Pom poms are fun to use as decoration or as the main element in other crafts. Check out this post to see how we used these to make pom pom pencil toppers. We’ve also made them into book marks and just fluffy little toys the kids can use in creative play.
Some other ways to use pom poms:
- Check out this fun Halloween garland from Growing Up Gabel
- Fall in love with the driftwood pom pom piece from Design Sponge (scroll about halfway down to see it)
- Make a beautiful winter wreath like this one from Twine and Table
And if you need a place to store all your new pom poms, check out these Dollar Tree DIY’s
Grab your favorite yarn and pom away. Warning, these little poofs are addictive to make!
What creative ways are you using pom poms?
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