Pom-poms are a great way to decorate all sorts of things including a soft toy. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours. You can buy pre-made ones or make them yourself in the perfectly colour to match your project.
You can create different looks with your pom-poms by using different styles and thickness of yarn. Bulky yarn will produce a looser looking pom-pom and finer or loosely spun yarn will produce a denser ball.
If you do a search on Pinterest you can find all sorts of cute and adorable things to make from the humble pom-pom. I’ve started a board on Pinterest just for Pom-Pom’s – here’s a small sample of what you can see there …
Pom-poms are easy to make, and with some of the pom-pom makers available today they can are very quick.
Today, I’m going to show you three ways to make your own pom-pom, the ‘traditional’ method using two disks of light weight card and using two different styles of commercial pom-pom makers.
1. Tradition method using two disks of light weight card with a hole cut out of the middle.
2. Clover Pom-Pom Maker – 20 mm and 25 mm (3/4 ” and 1″)
3. Classic Knit Pom Pom Loom – three sizes … 4 cm, 5 cm and 8 cm (1.5″, 1.9″ and 3.1″)
The Traditional Method …
1. Draw or print 2 circles with a smaller circle in the centre. Glue these to some light weight cardboard, an old cereal box is good. Cut the circles out with a pair of craft scissors.
2. With a craft knife and a self healing craft mat, cut across the centre of the small inner circle, repeat at 90* to create four sections, cut each of these sections in half. The larger the circle in the middle the thicker your pom-pom will be.
3. The inner circle is now cut into small triangular sections which can either be cut out with your scissors or …
4. Fold each section of the inner circle back. Dab a little glue on them first to secure them.
5. Begin wrapping your yarn around the outer circle by pulling it through the hole in the centre.
6 and 7. As the hole in the middle fills up use a crochet hook to pull the yarn through the middle.
8. When you can no longer comfortably push the hook through the hole, you’re ready to start cutting your pom-pom.
9. Using a sharp pair of scissors, start cutting the the yarn you have just finished wrapping along the outer edge of the disk.
10. When you have cut all around the outer edge of the disk, gently fold the two disks of card apart just enough to wrap a length of yarn around the centre of the pom-pom. Tie the length of yarn securely, pulling it as tight as you can without breaking it.
11. Cut or tear each disk of card and carefully remove it from the pom-pom.
12. Roll your pom-pom around in your hands gently to finish. You may need to trim off a few scruffy bits of yarn to neaten it up.
Clover Pom-Pom Maker
Extra Small ~ 25 mm (1 “)
1. Clover (Australia) has two different styles of pom-pom makers, this one is one of the extra small ones – 25 mm (1 “). This tiny little pom-pom maker comes in a pack of two, the smaller size is 20 mm (3/4 “). Each side has two arms which are pulled out to wrap the yarn around the semi circular bumps in the middle of the arms.
2. Pull the two arms out on one side, holding them together, wrap your yarn around firmly until it is full. Close the arms and repeat on the other side.
3. When each side has been wrapped, it will look like this.
4. Using a sharp pair of pointed scissors, cut the yarn down the middle on each side.
5. Cut a length of yarn and slip it into the slot between the two halves.
6. Tie securely, pulling the yarn as tightly as you can without breaking it.
7. Starting on one side, lift each arm up and away from the pom-pom. Repeat on the other side.
8. Pull gently on the body of the pom-pom maker to pull the unit apart and release your pom-pom.
9. Roll your pom-pom around in your hand to finish it and trim any stray bits of yarn.
Classic Knit Pom-Pom Loom (4 cm)
1. Following the instruction that come with the Pom Pom Loom, secure the beginning of your yarn to the loom.
2. Wrap the yarn evenly around the arch.
3. When the arch is full, you are ready to secure the pom-pom before you cut the top.
4. Cut the section of yarn that was wrapped around the handle, try to cut this as close to the end as possible. Pick up both pieces of yarn from the handle and tie them with the section of yarn that was secured in the notch on the front of the loom. Tie these threads as tightly as you can.
5. With a sharp pair of scissors, cut the wrapped yarn along the top using the groove at the top of the loom to guide your scissors.
6. When you have cut all the way to the other side, you can take the loom out and your ready to fluff up your pom-pom and trim any stray bits.
7. The Classic Knit Pom Pom Loom creates half pom-pom.
8. The finished pom-pom is ready to use, maybe as a tail for a bunny or you could glue a couple of goggle eyes on it for a cute creature.