Sometimes life calls for pom poms. I'm having a pom pom kinda week.
When I was a Girl Scout I did some serious arts and crafts. To this day, I still know how to make sit-upons, hand-looped pot holders, God's eyes, and these super fun DIY pom poms – just to name a few.
This year, the theme of our Christmas decor has somehow evolved and centered around pom poms, but don't feel limited by the winter holidays – pom poms can lift your spirits any time of the year.
Whip them up in a kaleidoscope of colors or make a massive batch of your favorite hue. String up these puppies in a horizontal row to trim a window or doorway or make tiny pom poms into a festive birthday cake bunting. Hang them vertically or solo. Use them to wrap gifts. Put them in your hair.
Really, what I'm suggesting is a pom pom party extravaganza with bursts of joyous yarn balls everywhere you look. Have I gone pom pom crazy?
DIY pom poms – what you need
- Yarn – you choose the colors (you can even use multiple colors in the same pom pom, alternating yarn throughout step 2) – buy yarn online
- Scissors – these are my favorite all-purpose scissors
- Wooden spoon or other smooth stick
DIY pom poms – the method
DIY pom poms are so simple to make – definitely a project to do with the kids with a bit of scissor supervision and knot tying help.
This project is also perfectly fine for a solo grown-up night with a hot toddy, some music, mindless tv, or just blissful peace and quiet.
Let's get started:
#1 – Cut a 6 inch piece of yarn. This will be the piece that eventually holds your entire pom pom together and will also act as the hanging loop.
Place this piece of yarn parallel to your wooden spoon handle.
#2 – Taking from the ball of yarn, wrap the yarn around the handle of the wooden spoon, taking care not to lose your 6 inch piece while wrapping.
The wrap should be tight, but not so tight that you can't eventually slide the yarn off the handle.
The more yarn you wrap, the more dense and fluffy your pom pom will be, so unless your goal is more of a tassel, I recommend wrapping quite a bit of yarn. If you want a multi-colored pom pom, you can switch yarn as many times as you'd like during this step.
#3 – When you're satisfied with the amount of yarn you've wrapped, gently slide your yarn cocoon off of the spoon handle, taking care that your base string does not get pulled through.
If this happens, you will need to start again.
#4 – Take the two loose ends of your base string of yarn and double knot them as tightly as possible. I recommend recruiting someone else's finger to hold down the first knot so the second knot will be very snug.
#5 – Holding onto the base string and avoiding cutting them, use sharp scissors to cut all of the loops of your soon-to-be pom pom.
#6 – Shake out your pom pom and have a look. If you would like a more uniform pom pom proceed to the next step. Otherwise go to step 9.
#7 – To give your pom pom a ‘haircut', grasp the pom pom so that as many threads as possible are visible in your fist.
#8 – Use your sharp scissors to trim the pom pom evenly. Fluff a few times to check your work. When satisfied, move on to the final step.
#9 – Knot the far end of your hanger strings to make a loop, and display your pom pom where ever it will bring you the most joy.
Did I get you in the pom pom mood?
Be sure to stay tuned for the mini pom pom garland coming soon!
Pom poms. What's not to love?