Different Ways to Make Pom Poms (Part One)By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – 10 Comments
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a pom pom is “an ornamental ball or tuft used especially on clothing, caps, or costumes”. Technically, they are of no real necessity compared to a hat or scarf, and yet they are so adorable and cute! Who doesn’t like a tiny tuft of yarn on the top of their hat or on the end of their scarf?!
Pom poms are incredibly easy ways to brighten up any project. Besides the aforementioned, you can also attach them to the corners of a pillow, border of a blanket, or anywhere else you might want them. I’ve even seen an entire baby’s rug made out of large, plump pom poms!
Today, I want to show you some of the ways you can make pom poms. As with most things, there are special tools you can buy at nearly any craft store that are specifically made for creating pom poms. But for some of us, the Do-It-Yourself method is more appealing. So stick around for some easy how-to’s!
The most easy and less involved way to make these babies are to use your fingers. Rachel has a post on how to do it, complete with easy-to-follow instructions and pictures. Click here to read it.
Here is another method. Using a common household implement like the fork works wonderfully to create tiny pom poms but the ending size all depends upon the size fork you use. Want to try it? Just follow along!
What You Need
any size (kitchenware) fork
small amount of yarn
Cut a piece of yarn about 8 – 10” long.
Slide the piece of yarn through one of the prongs of the fork.
Wrap yarn around the prongs of the fork 25 times, or as many times as you wish.
Cut the yarn and use the strand between the prongs to tie a single knot in the center of the bundle. Slide bundle off the fork, careful not to disturb the loops.
Pinch the knot with your thumb and forefinger. Begin snipping each loop until they are all free.
Now double the knot and tightend it as tight as you can. This will ensure a good pom pom. Your pom pom will look quite rough, but it’s okay. Now comes the styling.
Trim the pom pom to your desired look. Everyone’s tastes are different. Some people like spriggly pom poms and some like them perfectly round. Just remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect!
Make some more and experiment with thickness and color!
But what if you want bigger pom poms? Stick around. In part two, you will learn how to make an easy template for pom poms of all sizes!
So tell me, did you enjoy this tutorial? If you have any questions or other ideas on how to make these fabulous doodads, just tell me in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!