Pom poms are a versatile adornment full of texture, perfect for jazzing up everyday items like tote bags, pillowcases, curtains, and more. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a multi-color version – from creating a reusable template all the way to trimming your creation into a perfect sphere. But be warned: This craft is addictive – and fun! Once you’ve mastered the method, you can create templates in various sizes and play with all kinds of yarn combinations. Pom pom party, anyone?
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Step 1: Draw your template
Begin making your template by drawing a “U” shape onto chipboard. You can also print out a bold “U” and trace it if you wish. One thing to keep in mind is that the size of your “U” shape will determine the size of your pom pom, so if you’re looking to make a large pom pom, you’ll want to use a larger “U” shape. We used a 4 in. / 10 cm. tall “U” shape in this tutorial.
Step 2: Cut, trace, and repeat
Cut out your first “U” and use as a template to create a second, identical “U.”
Step 3: Start wrapping
Put your templates together, back to back so they look like one. Start wrapping your first color of yarn around the template. Tip: Avoid wrapping the yarn too tight, as this will make cutting the yarn off the template more difficult.
Step 4: Keep wrapping
To switch colors, snip your first yarn with scissors. Start wrapping a new color right over the top. Wrap, wrap, wrap.
Step 5: Wrap some more
Continue wrapping yarn around the template, alternating colors as you wish. Note: You don’t have to add entire layers of one color before alternating. Try adding a little here and there until you reach a consistent thickness all around the template. Tip: You’ll know you’re ready to tie your pom pom when the template is full and rounded, as photographed above.
Step 6: Cut yarn around outer edge
Cut a long piece of yarn and have it ready. Next, hold your template with your ring and middle fingers through the middle of the “U,” with your thumb on the outer edge. Starting at one end of the “U,” slide scissors between the two pieces of chipboard and cut the yarn along the outer edge.
Step 7: Secure with a knot (or two)
Next, take your pre-cut piece of yarn and slide it between the two pieces of cardboard so the “U” is upside down. Tie a knot and loop back through the cardboard so the “U” is right-side up. Tie another knot. Tip: Knots should be tight – they’re what hold your pom pom together. We used a surgeon’s knot for a secure finish.
Step 8: Set it free
Step 9: Snip, snip, snip
Now it’s time to trim your pom pom – the fun part! Turn your pom pom in your hands as you trim to ensure an even cut. The closer you trim, the more dense your pom pom will appear. For best results, be sure to use sharp scissors. Note: To hang your pom pom or make a garland of several pom poms, you can thread string or yarn through your finished pom pom with a plastic needle.