How To Make Your Own Pom Poms {Tutorial}

Every wonder how to make a pom pom?  I learned this trick years ago and have adapted it to what I call the finger method.  I learned a much more difficult way that involved cutting out two circles and making slits and it was just so cumbersome.  The way I am going to share takes three things: your fingers, yarn, and scissors.  Easy peasy right?
So obviously pom poms can be a variety of sizes.  I am going to show you three using one, two, or three fingers.  I even have a craft coming up later this week that requires a four finger pom pom (gasp!).
Let’s go through this step by step.  Take your time and know in advance that you will need to practice this two or three times before you become a POM POM MASTER!  Patience my young Jedi.


1.  Cut a length of yarn (about 12 inches) and lay it on a flat surface.  Now start wrapping  yarn around your finger(s).  Make sure you wrap loosely enough that you can slide the yarn off your fingers when you are done and are NOT cutting off your circulation.  If you are using one finger, wrap 75-100 times.  If you are using two fingers, wrap 100-125 times.  If you are using three fingers, wrap 125-150 times.  Now this is all approximate because every finger is a different size and yarn can have varying thicknesses.  If you make your first one and it’s not full enough (make sure you count!) add another 10-20 wraps next time. 

2.  Pull the yarn off your finger(s) and lay the bundle carefully on top of the cut piece of yarn – making sure to center it both horizontally and vertically.

3. Tie the piece of yarn around your bundle TIGHTLY.  THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP.  If you do not make this knot tight – your pom pom WILL fall apart.  Hence step 4.

4. Turn your bundle over.  Pull up the pieces of yarn on either side and tie again TIGHTLY.     (Repeat this step again if you feel it’s necessary.

5. Cut the loops of yarn on your bundle make sure it cut each and every one.  Just slide the scissors up and under the loops and cut making your way around.

6. Make your pom pom into a ball by rotating it around and cutting off any pieces of yarn that are outside your perfect sphere.

7.  Go crazy with your pom poms! Can’t think of anything to do?  Stay tuned – I’ve got three pom pom crafts coming up that are tons of fun.

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Okay. I could stop here but I won’t.  I’m now going to show you how to get a fluffy pom pom.  See picture 7 above?  Look at the 3-finger pom pom and the 1-finger pom pom.  See the difference?  The 3 finger pom pom is FLUFFY!  Here’s how…

1. Complete steps 1-5.  Don’t bother trimming your pom pom at this point because you’re just going to mess it up.  

2. Take a comb or any other tool with teeth or bristles and comb through the yarn.  IMPORTANT:  Hold the pom pom super tightly so that the pieces of yarn don’t pull out.  Now that being said, I usually still lose 2 or more piece of yarn while combing.  No biggie!

3. Keep on combing until you achieve your desired look.  The more you comb and separate the fibers of the yarn, the fluffier and poofier (apparently not a word) your pom pom will get.

4.  Now it’s time to trim.  Just work your way around until it looks nice and spherical.

Now you’ve got a fluffy pom pom!
More Tips and Tricks

1. You can always make your pom pom smaller by trimming it down.  You can never make it bigger.
2.  Try using multiple colors.  Wrap half with one color and half with another.  Or go crazy and try three colors.





3.  Add in texture and shine by using some ribbon.  Halfway through wrapping, wrap the ribbon around your fingers as many times as you want and then continue with the yarn.  When you cut the loops you can see how cool it will look.

4.  I think this would make a fun cat toy :)
5. When combing the yarn, hold the yarn at the base of the strand so it doesn’t pull out.  Kind of like when you are combing tangled hair.  

6. Pom poms can be used on hats & scarves and are a wonderful addition to lots of craft projects.
7.  Once you’ve mastered the basic technique you will be able to see how you can change it up to make more unique pom poms.

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Comments

  1. Cool. I have a feeling my kids are fixing to get tired of seeing pompoms. Thanks for the information.

  2. Great tutorial!

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

  3. So cute! Love the idea!
    Melody
    chattychics.com

  4. How cute! and they don’t look to hard to make – I may attempt it!
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

  5. You are a genius! This is so simple and adorable too. Thanks for sharing. I’m a new follower too. Stop by and enter my Christmas giveaway if you get a chance.

  6. I love how you added ribbon in the last one. I would never have thought of that. It turned out so cute! I found you through Someday Crafts. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I’ve always wondered how to make these! Thanks for sharing! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

    Melanie
    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

  8. Your tutorial is explained so well. I’ll be trying this tonight once the kids go down! Found you through a linky-party :)
    Michaela from: http://monkeymanandlogeybear.blogspot.com/

  9. Wow, weird… I just learned how to do this Tuesday at our moms group, which is called TimeOut! :D

  10. @Keri
    That’s hilarious! Well then you’re a pro already! I’ve got some fun crafts coming up using pom poms.

  11. You are a life saver! I spent half the afternoon with some choice language for the whole cardboard ring method of making pom poms. I was going nuts! After giving up on that madness, I found your amazing method! I knew there had to be an easier way! Now there’s hope for me to make cute little poms for Christmas decorating!. Thanks again!

    Michaela @ coveredinmodpodge.blogspot.com

  12. These are so cute. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I am going to have to make these. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now. http://junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/12/link-it-up-wednesday-6.html

  13. Cute! I love the comb idea! Brilliant.

  14. @Meg Thanks Meg!

  15. Very cool! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Love pom poms, thanks for sharing the tutorial :)

  17. This looks like a great holiday craft for kids! I remember making pom poms when I was little – I loved them!

  18. I love the ribbon in the middle! That is such a cool idea that I’m really going to try.

  19. These are so cute and look like something I could do! Thanx for sharing.
    New follower/fan here from Sunday Showcase Linky :)

  20. LOVE this! Thank you for the great tutorial. I will be attaching these to my daughters, shoes, hats, pretty much anything. Thank You! My grandma used to make these and attach a small bell in the middle. VERY CUTE!!!

    ps from one coocoo momma, i love your blog name.

  21. Flashbacks! Back in the 1970s, we used to make green and white ones for our cheerleading shoes. Now I feel like I am near-death. 1970s. Sheesh.

  22. @Kirby Dunton Carespodi Oh my gosh – that’s awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  23. Thank you so much for posting this, I’ve tried several times but they came apart – I know the secret thanks to you! Thanks again.

  24. Never knew about this! Thanks for the tip-have heard about pom pom makers in craft stores, but this seems easy and you’d save money :)

  25. @ReMadeSimple Kristina Exactly! I love that this takes nothing but yarn and scissors – cheap and easy is my kind of craft :)

  26. I remember doing these in grade school-but had forgotten how! Thanks for the tutorial. Can’t wait to make a few of these for myself. Very cute.
    Found you through Trendy Treehouse. Have a great Wednesday!

  27. Ha. My favorite line “Don’t trim at this point. You’re just going to mess it up!” LOL! There are so many color options here. And so much texture! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  28. Chris Humphreys says:

    Can you use synthetic yarns & wool mixes for combing when fluffing out pom poms ir do you have to use pure wool?

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