How to Make Yarn Pom Poms

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Pom poms are quick and easy to make, and can be used in a variety of craft and decorative projects. You may wish to top gift-wrapped presents with bright and cheery pom poms, string them along a strand of yarn to make a decorative garland, or glue them to the tops of twigs and place them in a mason jar for a colorful and unexpected bouquet.

While there are pom poms that you can buy ready-made, there is no need to spend your money, as creating your own is the perfect way to use up small bits of leftover yarn from other craft projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard, such as the back of a cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Yarn
Poms poms can be used in a variety of craft projects.
Poms poms can be used in a variety of craft projects. (Image: Pom pom party)

How to Make Yarn Pom Poms

Step 1

Yarn pom poms are simple to make using just cardboard, yarn, scissors and a marker. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials.

Making pom poms only requires a few materials.
Making pom poms only requires a few materials. (Image: Materials)

Step 2

On your cardboard, trace four circles that are roughly 20% larger than your pom pom's intended diameter. For instance, if you would like a pom pom that has a 2 inch diameter, trace out circles that are roughly 2.5 inches in diameter. Cut out these circles.

Trace and cut out the circles.
Trace and cut out the circles. (Image: Trace circles)

Step 3

In the middle of two of the circles, trace a smaller circle. The smaller circle should be roughly 3/4 the size of the larger circle.

Cut out those inner circles so that you have a doughnut shaped piece of cardboard.

Cut out the inner circles.
Cut out the inner circles. (Image: Cut out the inner circles)

Step 4

Stack the two cardboard rings together.

Stack the two rings.
Stack the two rings. (Image: Stack the rings)

Step 5

Cut about 3 yards of yarn. Fold the yarn in half and cut it at the halfway point, creating two separate strands of yarn that are the same length.

Cut 3 yards of yarn.
Cut 3 yards of yarn. (Image: Cut the yarn)

Step 6

Thread the two strands of yarn through the center of the stacked rings and hold.

Thread the yarn through the rings.
Thread the yarn through the rings. (Image: Place yarn within the rings)

Step 7

Begin winding the two strands of yarn around the cardboard rings.

Wind yarn evenly around the rings.
Wind yarn evenly around the rings. (Image: Wind yarn)

Step 8

Wind the yarn evenly around the rings until all of the yarn has been used.

Wind until all of the yarn is gone.
Wind until all of the yarn is gone. (Image: Fully wound)

Step 9

Sandwich the yarn ring between the two extra cardboard circles and hold together firmly.

Hold firmly between the two cardboard circles.
Hold firmly between the two cardboard circles. (Image: Sandwich between two circles)

Step 10

With the scissors, cut through the yarn around the edge by placing the blade between the two inner rings.

Begin to cut around the edge
Begin to cut around the edge (Image: Cut the yarn)

Step 11

Continue holding the two outer rings tightly to prevent the cut yarn from coming loose and falling out of the rings.

Keep the yarn from falling loose
Keep the yarn from falling loose (Image: Hold tightly)

Step 12

Cut a 6-inch strand of yarn.

Cut 6-inches of yarn
Cut 6-inches of yarn (Image: Cut a 6-inch strand of yarn)

Step 13

Thread the 6-inch strand of yarn between the two cardboard rings and tie a tight square knot.

Thread between the rings and tie.
Thread between the rings and tie. (Image: Tie around the center of the pom pom)

Step 14

Remove the pom pom from the cardboard rings. If necessary, cut the rings to remove the pom pom.

Remove from the cardboard rings
Remove from the cardboard rings (Image: Remove the pom pom from the rings)

Step 15

Cut the uneven strands of yarn until they are all the same length.

Cut long strands until even
Cut long strands until even (Image: Cut long ends)

Step 16

Fluff and shape your pom pom.

Fluff and you're done!
Fluff and you're done! (Image: Fluff)

Tips & Warnings

  • Winding two strands of yarn around the cardboard rings simultaneously is optional. This method lets you wind twice as fast and is used as a shortcut.
  • Be gentle when threading and tying the 6-inch strand of yarn between the two cardboard rings so that you do not accidentally pull out the loose strands of yarn.
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