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!
there are several ways to make pompoms, but i’m going to share with you 3 of my favorites!
1 \\ mini pompoms with a fork. 2 \\ pompom maker for a variety of sizes. 3 \\ embroidery hoop for jumbo pompoms.
1 \\ mini pompoms with a fork – all you need is a fork!
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.
take a small length of twine and thread it between the tines of the fork. make a super tight knot.
use sharp scissors to cut the loops on either side of the knot.
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!
this method also works great with yarn, only it takes much fewer times wrapped around the fork.
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!
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.
even though i’m going to show you lots of steps, these are really easy! start by opening up one side.
then wrap around. and around. and around. make sure that the yarn is fairly even.
close the open side.
open the opposite side, and wrap the yarn the same as the first side.
using really sharp scissors (even slightly dull ones will be difficult to use), trim the loops on each side.
keep the maker closed (if you open it now, it will all fall apart).
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.
wrap the thread around the cut section of the pompom.
tie the knot as tight as possible, then double it.
open up one side.
then the other.
then pop apart the whole maker to release the pompom.
it comes out a little smushed.
fluff, trim, done!
3 \\ embroidery hoop to make jumbo pompoms (idea found here)
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.
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.
again with really sharp scissors, snip the loops on one side of the embroidery hoop.
then snip the other.
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!