How to Make a Pom Pom Bookmark

Give your books a pop of color and personality with yarn pompom bookmarks with just some yarn, your fingers and scissors. Get creative with different solid or multicolor yarn, and make various bookmarks to coordinate with their covers, your decor or any favorite color.

Yarn pompom bookmarks.
Yarn pompom bookmarks. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
A top view of the pompom bookmarks.
A top view of the pompom bookmarks. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn (any color)
  • Scissors
  • Card stock paper
What you need to make a pompom bookmark.
What you need to make a pompom bookmark. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

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Step 1: Wrap the Yarn

Grab the end of the yarn and hold it in place against your index finger with your thumb. Wrap around your four fingers at least 90 times. Keep your fingers straight and together while wrapping the yarn around.

Grab the end of the yarn to start wrapping.
Grab the end of the yarn to start wrapping. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Wrapping the yarn.
Wrapping the yarn. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
The yarn wrapped around 90 times.
The yarn wrapped around 90 times. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Step 2: Slip Off and Snip

Carefully slip the wrapped yarn off of your fingers and cut the end of the yarn with scissors.

The yarn slipped off of the fingers.
The yarn slipped off of the fingers. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Step 3: Tie the Wrapped Yarn

Leave the bundle of wrapped yarn to the side and cut a separate piece of yarn 12 inches long. Lay the 12-inch piece of yarn flat on a surface horizontally.

Place the bundle of yarn horizontally on top of the yarn piece, in the middle. Take each end of the 12-inch piece of yarn and tie it tightly around the bundle. Finish with a double knot.

Lay the yarn strand underneath the bundle.
Lay the yarn strand underneath the bundle. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Double knotted tie.
Double knotted tie. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Step 4: Add a Tail

Cut another piece of yarn 15 inches long and place it vertically on top of the double knot in the center of the yarn bundle, allowing for 2 inches of yarn to peek out at the top and the rest of the yarn to create a long tail below. Take each end of the double-knotted piece of yarn double-knot it again around the 15-inch piece of yarn.

Cut a 15-inch piece of yarn.
Cut a 15-inch piece of yarn. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Add the tail to the yarn bundle.
Add the tail to the yarn bundle. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Step 5: Cut the Yarn Bundle

Take the scissors and cut through all of the loops of the yarn bundle. If you miss a few loops with the initial cut, go back and cut those loops. Your yarn bundle will look like a messy bunch of yarn. Do not cut the yarn tail.

Cut the loops of the yarn bundle.
Cut the loops of the yarn bundle. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
What the yarn looks like after cutting.
What the yarn looks like after cutting. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Step 6: Trim the Yarn

Create the fluffy pompom shape by trimming the straggly pieces of yarn.

Cut off the excess yarn except for the tail.
Cut off the excess yarn except for the tail. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Trimming the yarn.
Trimming the yarn. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
After trimming the yarn.
After trimming the yarn. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
The finished trimmed pompom.
The finished trimmed pompom. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Other pompom colors.
Other pompom colors. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Step 7: Add Card Stock Paper (Optional)

Skip to the next step if you want to keep your yarn pompom bookmark as-is.

Cut down a piece of card stock paper to your desired size and draw or decorate the card stock if you'd like. Punch a hole at the center top of the card stock and lace the tail of the pompom once or twice through the hole. Knot the tail under the pompom, and cut the excess piece of yarn.

Lacing the tail through the hole punch in the card stock paper.
Lacing the tail through the hole punch in the card stock paper. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
A view of the back of the card stock paper.
A view of the back of the card stock paper. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Looping the yarn pompom tail through the hole punch.
Looping the yarn pompom tail through the hole punch. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Pulling the tail through the hole.
Pulling the tail through the hole. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Knotting the tail.
Knotting the tail. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
The yarn pompom card stock bookmark.
The yarn pompom card stock bookmark. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Step 8: Mark Your Book Pages

To mark the page in a book, place the yarn pompom at the top of the page and tuck the tail of the pompom or card stock bookmark into the center crease of the book pages.

Place the yarn pompom at the top of the book page.
Place the yarn pompom at the top of the book page. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Marking the page of a book.
Marking the page of a book. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
Using the yarn pompom bookmarks.
Using the yarn pompom bookmarks. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
The yarn pompom bookmarks stacked.
The yarn pompom bookmarks stacked. (Image: Amanda Nguyen)
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