How to make a yarn pom pom:
The trick is a simple tool you make yourself!
Our New Year Noisemaker
craft is topped off with a lush Yarn Pom Pom - and it couldn't be
simpler to make. Once you know the secret: Just cut a cardboard pom pom
for the size pom pom you want to make.
Materials for a yarn pom pom
- Heavy cardboard. We use 1/8" tag board, but
heavy corrugated cardboard, plastic, metal or wood will work - if you
can cut it.
- Craft knife or other cutting tool for your
- Marking pen or similar cylindrical shape, about
- Yarn. You'll need about 8 yards for each 3" pom
pom. Almost any kind of worsted yarn will work. Heavy yarn makes large,
fluffy pom poms. You can use a single color, mix different color yarns,
or use multi-color yarns.
- Determine the finished diameter of your desired
pom pom. With this measurement as D", cut a rectangle of cardboard D" X
D(1.5"). For example: To make a 3" diameter pom pom, cut the cardboard
to 3" X 4.5". To make a 5.5" diameter pom pom, cut the
cardboard to 5.5" X 8" (The height of the rectangle must be exactly the
diameter of the pom pom, but the length can just be approximate. To
make our 3" diameter pom pom, we cut our cardboard tool to 3" X 5").
this rectangle, cut out a smaller rectangle about 1" in from all sides.
the marking pen across your tool, parallel to the long side. Begin
wrapping yarn around the tool, staying close to the center. The purpose
of the marking pen is to keep the yarn loosely wrapped. If it is
wrapped too tight, you won't be able to get scissors in to
cut the loops. For a nice, plush 3" pom pom, wrap the yarn about 75-100
times. The bigger the pom pom, the more yarn you'll need.
the marking pen. Thread a 10"-long double-strand of yarn around the
center of the wrapped yarn and tie a
very tight square knot. (Now you see why there is a
window in the center of the cardboard!)
sewing scissors (or a razor blade works well), cut through the ends of
all of the loops on both edges of the tool.
any uneven strands of yarn to shape the pom pom into a ball. To keep it
steady, use a paper towel tube as a holder while
- Fluff it up and sew it, tie it or glue it on
something for a fuzzy embellishment! See our New Year Noisemaker
for one example.
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