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I really hate to admit this but as a craft blogger I’ve struggled for a long time to make a decent pom pom. In the olden days when I was a child we used cardboard discs shaped like a donut and you would spend a very, very long time carefully wrapping yarn around and through the hole in the centre until it was plump and ready to trim and tie into a pom pom. In this day and age we’re all a bit less patient and that technique seems very cumbersome and tedious (I’m sure I don’t just speak for myself here), so after a bit of experimenting I’ve come up with a much quicker and easier way of creating them. I actually own several plastic pom pom makers purchased inexpensively from the local craft store and although I’ve given it a good shot I haven’t been successful in making a single pom pom using them. Quite possibly I’m a big dunce when it comes to following instructions but this way has been FAR quicker and easier for me. Let me show you how it works.
You will Need:
• Scrap cardboard – the thicker the better
• Yarn – I’ve found the very thick, chunky yarn works great for the large sized pom poms and the finer yarn works better for the small size but there are no real rules here
• Scissors – sharp scissors are best for cutting through a thick wad of yarn
Cut out a shape that resembles a rectangle with a slit running down the middle but not all the way, like in the image below. You can see I’ve made three different sizes.
Wrap these in yarn. The yellow yarn in the image directly below is 8 ply, the other two are thicker.
While the yarn is wrapped around your cardboard pom pom maker tie it tightly in the middle.
Slide it off the end, turn it over and tie even tighter on the opposite side.
Use your sharp scissors to cut the looped ends. It will come out looking very shaggy and a bit uneven.
Now it just needs a good trim which is the big secret of making a fluffy, round pom pom.
Instead of throwing out your pom pom trimmings store them in a plastic baggie and keep for future craft projects. They can be used in art collages or anything else you can imagine up (I have a project in the works using pom pom trimmings right now).
The best thing about this technique is that is SO quick you can churn pom poms out in no time at all – no more cumbersome round disc. My kids struggle with the part where a knot needs to be tied very tightly (that is the trickiest thing about this craft), so when they make pom poms they need help in that area but that is all, it really is very, very easy!
More fun crafts to make using yarn:
• Make a pom pom & pipe cleaner doll
• Use a God’s Eye inspired weaving technique to create yarn butterflies
• Make traditional, brightly coloured yarn dolls
• You can also use yarn in art, like with this yarn painting idea over at Picklebums
You’ll also find lots of fun ideas on our yarn crafts board on Pinterest.