I have been a big fan of pom-poms for years. Trying different techniques to make my pom poms for hats or packages or garland or to simply decorate a bag. Although there are many techniques, these are a few of my favorites that I have had the most fun and success with! From left to right. Clover pom-pom makers. Cardboard disc. A dinner fork. (Yep. Makes the most adorable, tiny pom-pom, ever!)
Making a Pom-Pom with a Fork
After wrapping the yarn around the tines of the fork about 25 times, then take a piece of yarn 10″ long and thread the yarn through the tines, around the yarn. Knot in the center, then gently pull your pom pom off the fork and cut the loops that were wrapped around the tines. Trim your pom-pom to the desired shape. Attach it to a package and smile at the cuteness!
Making a Pom-Pom with a Cardboard Disc
The cardboard disc technique is one of my old school favorites and can be made using simple household supplies: an old cereal box, a rice box, a thick cardboard box. Trace a glass rim the size of the pom pom you want to make. Cut two circular discs that are the same size this way, then cut a keyhole in each one. Lay one on top of the other, and wrap yarn around the disc about 100 times. Cut along the disc line to form fringe.
Insert a 10-12″ piece of yarn between the discs and pull tight, tying them off with a knot. Trim your pom-pom to the desired shape and size and marvel at the fluffiness!
Making a Pom-Pom with a Clover Pom-Pom Maker
Clover has made it very easy to achieve the look you want at any time. I do LOVE these little makers. They come in four different sizes, and are extremely simple to use.
You want to wind the yarn tightly around each arch. The more yarn the better for the fluffiest pom-pom. You just want to make sure you’ll be able to close the arch back down around the center. Once you have tightly wrapped each arch and locked them back into place, you will begin cutting. Insert the scissors into the gap between the arches.
Next, using a piece of yarn 10-12″, thread between the groove / guidelines that the pom-pom maker has. Tie a double-knot around one side, and then move the piece of yarn to the other side of the groove and tie another knot on this side. This will insure that your pom-pom will stay snug.
Take apart the discs to release your pom-pom. Shape and fluff it to the desired look - I have found that this pom-pom maker makes the fluffiest pom-poms with the least amount of shaping.
I hope you enjoyed these three different techniques with slightly different results, but at the end, you’re still getting the same cute pom-poms!
Leslie Friend, the blogger behind A Friend to Knit With, is a pattern writer, knitter, baker, mom and so much more, living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find her on Instagram, Facebook, and on her blog and follow along with all her crafting adventures!