how to make pompoms { 3 ways }

pompom tutorials

welcome to pompom week!  i am so excited to share with you some fun projects, but first things first – you need to know how to make pompoms!

pompom tutorial

there are several ways to make pompoms, but i’m going to share with you 3 of my favorites!

pompom tutorial

 

1 \\ mini pompoms with a fork.  2 \\ pompom maker for a variety of sizes.  3 \\ embroidery hoop for jumbo pompoms.

pompom tutorials

1 \\ mini pompoms with a fork – all you need is a fork!

pompom tutorials

wrap yarn (or baker’s twine in this case) around a fork, maybe 20 times.  the more you wrap it, the fuller the pompom will be.

pompom tutorials

take a small length of twine and thread it between the tines of the fork.  make a super tight knot.

pompom tutorials

use sharp scissors to cut the loops on either side of the knot.

pompom tutorials

fluff and give the pompom a haircut until it is round and even.  i like to leave the ends of the string from the knot uncut until i decide how i’m going to use the pompom.  it could come in handy to tie it on!

pompom tutorials

this method also works great with yarn, only it takes much fewer times wrapped around the fork.

pompom tutorial

such a cute little fluff ball!  this would be adorable glued to a toothpick as a cupcake topper, or a group of them glued to wooden skewers on top of a cake!

pompom tutorial

2 \\ pompom maker.  i bought this pompom maker in a variety of sizes from our local joann craft store, but i’m sure other craft stores carry them as well.  what i love about these is that they are easy to use (my kids use them all the time!) and the pompoms come out pretty even.

pompom tutorial

even though i’m going to show you lots of steps, these are really easy!  start by opening up one side.

pompom tutorial

then wrap around.  and around.  and around.  make sure that the yarn is fairly even.

pompom tutorial

close the open side.

pompom tutorial

open the opposite side, and wrap the yarn the same as the first side.

pompom tutorial

pompom tutorial

using really sharp scissors (even slightly dull ones will be difficult to use), trim the loops on each side.

pompom tutorial

keep the maker closed (if you open it now, it will all fall apart).

pompom tutorial

pompom tutorial

grab a length of thread to tie the pompom together.  thread is better in this case than yarn because you can get a tighter knot.  i double over the thread to strengthen it in case it snaps.

pompom tutorial

wrap the thread around the cut section of the pompom.

pompom tutorial

tie the knot as tight as possible, then double it.

pompom tutorial

pompom tutorial

open up one side.

pompom tutorial

then the other.

pompom tutorial

then pop apart the whole maker to release the pompom.

pompom tutorial

it comes out a little smushed.

pompom tutorial

fluff, trim, done!

pompom tutorial

3 \\ embroidery hoop to make jumbo pompoms (idea found here)

pompom tutorial

i used a 6″ hoop.  i wrapped the yarn around maybe 20 times then tied it with a doubled strand of thread.  i needed sean to hold the knot for me so i could double-knot it.  getting it tight is key.

pompom tutorial

wrap the yarn several more times, and tie the knots again (again, with help).  i did this a few times.  the more times you wrap the yarn, the fuller the pompom will be.  i tied a length of yarn around the thread to use for hanging the pompom or attaching it to something.

pompom tutorial

again with really sharp scissors, snip the loops on one side of the embroidery hoop.

pompom tutorial

then snip the other.

pompom tutorial

 give a little haircut and you’re done!

now that you know how to make pompoms 3 different ways, come back tomorrow and i’ll show you how to use them!

 

Comments

  1. 1

    I LOVE making pom poms … it can be a little addicting! had no idea you could use an embroidery hoop for the jumbo ones!!!!! thanks for the great idea!!!!

  2. 2

    I love pom poms! I have never made them. You know? I am going to try it! I cannot wait! Thank you so much for the tutorial. You make it seem not scary!

    Jenni

  3. 3

    these are ADORABLE, so glad for the tutorial!
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

  4. 4

    cute..I’m not very crafty but will attempt this!

  5. 5

    Thanks so much, Lindsey! It’s been on my to-do list to look up mini pom pom tutorials for a while (sad that that ends up on the to-do list, I know), but I just haven’t done it yet. The fork idea is brilliant!

  6. 6

    Thank you! Just made 8 small ones for a baby gift. Three on the onesie, three on the headband, and two for the booties! Made them with a fork in no time at all!

  7. 7

    I really like these.

  8. 8

    I just came across this post. I have found the best way to tie your poms in the centers…without someones help..is to use a surgical knot. Its basically the same as a knot..but instead of just a single twist you wrap it twice..hard to explain but you can find the diagram online. ☺

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