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How to Make a Pom Pom

Boho style is all the rage. Nothing says Boho better than pom-poms. Therefore, I decided to add some to my decor, but I could not find the colors, style, or sizes; furthermore, they were expensive.

Creating my own was my only solution to getting the size, color, and price that I needed.

I have been making pom-poms for years using DIY cardboard makers, but they were difficult to use, and the results were not consistent.

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Yarn pom poms

Yarn pom poms

Then my daughter, Olivia, brought home this strange-looking pom-pom maker, and I gave it a try.

I finally found the easiest way to make pom poms, and I wanted to share it with you. I use this simple tool to make perfect ones every time.

Making a Pom Pom with Yarn

Gather your supplies, and let’s get crafting some homemade pom-poms.

Supplies:

**You can find all my must-have crafting supplies HERE.

Before starting, I had to determine the final size I needed for my project.

Note: The finished size will be determined by the size of the maker and yarn. Roughly the finished size will be the same as the diameter of the maker.  

 

Pom pom makers

Pom-pom makers

Open one side of your maker. Then hold both your maker and the yarn tail in one hand. 

Open the maker

Open the maker

Start wrapping the yarn with your other hand until it is the marker’s arm is full.

Note: This might take a few trials to see what you like for fullness.

Half Yarn wrapped maker

Half Yarn wrapped maker.

Once the first side is full of yarn wraps, close it and then open the empty side. 

Open the second side

Open the second side

I jump the yarn over to the next side and then start wrapping the yarn until it is as full as the other side. 

Wrap the second side with yarn

Wrap the second side with yarn

Next, close your maker. It forms a yarn hamburger. 

 

Close full pom pom maker

Close the maker when filled

Securely hold the yarn hamburger in one hand. Then using a sharp pair of scissors, cut the yarn down the center following the center groove. 

Cut wrapped yarm

Cut wrapped yarn

Cut a 12-inch length of yarn and tie it around the center of the maker. 

Wrap a yarn time around the center of the pompom maker

Wrap a yarn time around the center of the maker

I like to tie it tightly before removing it from the maker. 

Tie off the yarn

Tie off the yarn

Pull apart the pom pom maker

Pull apart the maker

Once the yarn is removed from the maker, I tie it one more time through the middle of the pom-pom. It is my “insurance policy” that they stay nice and tight.

Tying the center yarn tighter

Pull the yarn to one side and tie the yarn tightly 

Use the piece of yarn that you tied the yarns together as “tails” to hold while trimming. 

Pom pom with long tail

Pom-pom with a long tail

Trim the pom pom

Trim 

I used the yarn tails for holding while trimming I can now use to attach the pompom to my project or trim them if they are not needed. 

What Type of Yarn Can I Use?

Well, that was the first question I asked my daughter about using this maker. 

If you would like a seriously full pom-pom, then roving yarn would be the choice. 

Using a chenille yarn produces a luxuriously soft product.

If you are looking for a pretty petite-sized one, then use an alpaca yarn (like this).

What I would call a regular yarn (this is the yarn) produces an ordinary product. 

 

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Please join me (HERE) as we craft up some fun. You can look forward to receiving new inspiration every week. As well as special online crafting events, seasonal and holiday crafting too. 

See you soon, 

Kippi

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