Let’s face it, no one wants to see a limp, straggly, uneven pom pom. That’s just gonna bring everyone down. Pom poms should be adorable, round, fluffy balls of fun that’ll brighten up the dullest of days – and there’s a little secret to getting them to fluff up perfectly…
The secret is all in the trimming.
Not convinced? Why not have a go – following the steps below.
It’s actually so easy and super cheap to make perfect, fully fluffed pom poms every time. And it’s super fast too.
No doubt you’ll have already had a go at wrapping yarn around two donut-shaped pieces of card, at some point.
And if you do have the patience to thread your yarn through the hole every time, the donut method (the one without the slit) will give you a nice round fluffy pom pom every time. It’s pretty time consuming though, and you do have to cut the yarn first so it’ll fit through the hole, and that means you can easily get yourself into a tangle.
Cutting a slot in the card makes things much easier and quicker, but it’s tricky to keep your yarn from slipping off the card when it gets too near the opening – and you kinda get a lopsided pom pom.
By far the quickest and easiest method is to use a flat, rectangular-shaped, piece of card. Any card will do, but a simple toilet roll, folded in half, turns out to be absolutely perfect for a 2″ pom pom – and that’s just right size for a pom pom garland.
I used DK yarn for my pom poms. It’s just what I had leftover from another project, but you can pretty much use any yarn you like.
Just remember – if you use a thicker yarn you won’t need to wrap it quite as many times as mentioned below. Just as long as it looks similar to the photo shown in step 3, your pom pom should be plump, round, fluffy, and totally adorable.
Ok so let’s get started.
For a Pom Pom:
- Yarn – DK, crochet, or any craft yarn
- Empty toilet roll
- 2 x 2″ card circles
For the Garland:
- Garden or craft string for threading your garland
- A yarn needle to thread your string through your pom poms
- Craft glue
How to Make an Easy Pom Pom Garland
Gather your materials as listed above.
Fold the toilet tissue roll in half and begin to wrap your yarn.
Wrap your yarn 110 times around the card.
Gently slide the yarn off the card.
Place your bundle on a (approx) 10″ length of yarn.
Tie a tight double knot. (you may need to borrow a friend’s finger)
Cut through all your loops.
Your pom pom will look pretty uneven, but don’t panic – all is well…
Place your pom pom centrally, between your card templates to make a pom pom burger. And trim around the edge.
Now turn your pom pom 90 degrees and repeat this process.
Give your pom pom a haircut. Trimming by eye until you a you are happy there are no more sticky out bits.
Admire your perfectly fluffy, round pom pom.
For the Garland:
If you are threading your pom poms to make a garland. You can use any kind of craft string as long as it can be threaded through a yarn needle.
Make sure you thread your string through the center of your pom pom. You should be able to feel the hole with your fingers.
Grip your pom pom tightly as you thread, to keep any yarn strands from coming loose.
Trim any extra sticky out bits and add a spot of craft glue to your string (near the center of your pom poms) to keep your pom poms in place.
Great project I will do with my 7 yo granddaughter.
I also printed your made with love labels for the felted soaps we are making for gifts.
Thank you so much for enriching our crafting relationship.
Sue Traynor says
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Cheryl:)