pom pom making

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I’ve posted a few peeks at pom poms here and on Instagram. I didn’t do a tutorial because there are about a million tutorials for pom poms online and they are all basically the same. However, I keep getting requests to post more info on how I make pom poms. You won’t find anything in this post that is new or unique to me, but for those that asked – here is how I make yarn pom poms:

Supplies

  • Yarn – I just get the cheap kind whenever it goes on sale
  • Scissors – a small SHARP pair make this project so much easier
  • Pom Pom maker – you can use anything from cardboard to a fork, I’ll share my favorite below12.14pompoms-02

In the picture above, there are two kinds of pom pom makers. I’ve had the ones in the middle for a few years. I got mine at Hobby Lobby. Basically, you hold the two pieces together and start wrapping yarn around them. Here is my biggest tip with pom poms – WRAP TIGHT AND USE LOTS OF YARN. If you want a full pom pom, you need lots of yarn. I wrap both sides tightly and as thickly as possible.12.14pompoms-03After both sides are wrapped, you push the two sides together. Next, follow the center line and cut all the strings. Make sure you cut ALL the strings.12.14pompoms-05

See the picture on the left – if you look closely you will see some strings going between the hinge part. Make sure you cut those strings. Next, using another piece of yarn, wrap it around the center and pull TIGHTLY. Tie it in a knot then remove the pom pom maker.12.14pompoms-07

The pom pom will look all wonky at first. Take a good pair of scissors and trim it up. The only part I liked about Barbies growing up was getting to cut their hair. Trimming pom poms is kind of like that.12.14pompoms-09

Below are some pictures using the other pom pom maker. Meg introduced me to these. They are easier to work with in my opinion. I picked mine up at Michaels using the 40% off coupon. You can make your own pom pom maker or use a fork, but for a couple of dollars I think these are so worth it.12.14pompoms-1112.14pompoms-1312.14pompoms-15When I make a garland, I use embroidery thread and just string the pom poms through the center.12.14pompoms-1712.14pompoms-1912.14pompoms-20

I leave a basket of yarn out with the pom pom makers. I often find kids making them during random times of the day. It is something a bit challenging for them, but fun at the same time. It is a great activity when someone needs a little time alone or wants some quiet space.

12.14pompoms-22He came inside from digging in the dirt….dirty hands and pom pom making boy. He is well rounded πŸ™‚12.14pompoms-23

And a few ideas I found online of ways you can use those big and small pom poms!

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The Lovely Drawer || Aunt Peaches || It All Started With Paint

ao at home || Be Spoke Bride || Design Mom

Make: || Eline Pellinkhof || Vintage Revivals

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  • Beth Ann - Thank you for posting this! I just received the pom-pom makers I ordered online for my 7 & 8 yr old for Christmas. I was trying to find things for them to do inside in the winter when it is bitterly cold out. Now I just need to make a trip to the store for yarn! All the ideas on using the pom-poms are super cute!

  • Debbie - They look great. I love the colors of yarn you picked. I will have to get a pom pom maker to make things easier! I love adding pom poms to the tops of the hats I knit. Also—just FYI, the store is spelled Michaels, not Micheals. I know Michael is a hard name to spell, but it’s a big pet peeve of mine as I have a friend named Michael and he hates when people get it wrong. πŸ˜›

  • Sara - How would you use a fork to make the pompoms? Do you need one of the pom-makers? I don’t have one but would love to make one of these garlands for christmas!

  • AshleyAnn - Debbie – I fixed the spelling for you πŸ˜‰

  • lindsey - What is your secret for them not falling apart? I have two young girls and a cat who love pom poms, and I often find strands all over! Maybe the trick is the makers (I tend to go with the hand method or most recently the multiple pom pom in one method!)

  • Kristin S - I bought those on Meg’s suggestion too and love them! I haven’t put as much yarn on as you have and now I will because yours are much fluffier.

  • Sabine - love Ashley, today I wanted you like to write because I have to think so much of you. you inspire me at the time with your very creative craft work and also with your homeschool. not to mention your family management of five children, animals, and your marriage. I have two children (10.7). Little is now the third week at home sick with pneumonia. you can tell him not to but school Capable he is not up to Christmas. now we do every day homework we get, but the motivation drops and I do not know what to do yet. I admire you. to make this work with joy every day. as you managest only your day? I would be really interested in burning. ashley, stay the way you are: an inspiration and encouragement for everyone. in love Sabine

    ( sorry for my english ????)

  • Liz - i love making pompoms! I just use my hand, but they are never as thick as yours! i might need to check out those pompom makers!

  • Bethany - ahhhh…thank you for showing how tightly you wind the yarn! I have the same pom pom makers but mine were always turning out a little…blah. Now I know how to give them some ooomph! πŸ™‚