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How to make a pom pom

Learn how to make a super easy & fluffy pom pom with Pom Maker

POM MAKER TUTORIAL

How to make a pom pom

Learn how to make a super easy & fluffy pom pom with Pom Maker

There’s nothing so easy and comforting like making a pom pom! And dare we say making one or two balls of fluffy happiness can be made even sweeter if you make them with a delicious Donut Pom Maker.
Let’ start!

This is a very basic pom pom tutorial showing you how to use our Donut Pom Maker. In this tutorial we’ll make a casual single color pom pom that only takes a few minutes to make.

Watch the video below and/or read the photographic step by step tutorial. Don’t be fazed by the long post – the steps are really super easy! We just packed in many useful tips and essential advice.

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What you need - The Basics

Yarn

  • We’re using 100% wool aran weight yarn for this tutorial, but you can use any yarn material & weight you have at hand. However cotton yarn is not so suitable to make a fluffy pom pom. I find a cotton pompom feels a little more like a tassel rather than a pom pom. You may want to use more economic acrylic yarn for practicing. If you can, use 100% wool yarn or wool/merino/alpaca blends for pompoms that feel great to touch, nice to look at and keep well. We need more yarn talk! So in a future post there’ll be an in depth guide for using different yarn types and the lengths of yarn you need for different size pompoms!

Scissors

  • Make sure to get a good pair of fabric scissors to cut through multiple layers of yarn with ease. Normal paper scissors won’t work. Remember never to use your fabric scissors to cut papers or anything other than yarn and fabric. You’ll spoil the blades!

Thread

  • Waxed threads if highly recommended but you can also use any non-slip strong thread.

STEP BY STEP

Follow our detailed tutorial below for making a basic pom pom with your Pom Maker

1.

Start Wrapping!

Grab two of your four wooden half arcs, hold them back to back. Hold the yarn end as in the photo and simply start wrapping around the arc.

There’s an alternative way which is to pinch the yarn end between the wooden pieces to start with. The video shows you how.

TIP 1

If you want to make a dense & fluffy pompom, pull your yarn a little as you wrap and try to make a tight and neat wrap. Yarn has a slight elasticity so it will stretch a bit if you pull as you wrap, but will go back to its fluffiness in the final pompom.

TIP 2

If you want to wrap your pompom faster to make more pompoms in a shorter time, hold double or triple (or more) threads of yarn together and wrap.

2.

Repeat with the other half

Repeat the same step with the other half circle.

You’re a wrap star! : )

In the video tutorial, we made about 120 + wraps on each arc, which makes a decent, easy-going fluffy pom pom.

Wrap as much as you like. Our Pom Maker can take a lot of wraps. You can even wrap each arc about 400+ times to make a very full, dense, ultimate pom pom. We’ll update with a new video showing this soon!

3.

Put the frostings on

Put two half circles together and put your donut frosting parts on each side. Yum!

4.

Cut your pom pom loose!

Insert the tip of your scissors and cut all the way around through the middle.

5.

Tie & Knot

It’s important to tie your pompom as tight as possible to make a fluffy pompom. Don’t worry if you don’t get it quite right at first! You’ll get the hang of it after a few pompoms.

If you make a very full wrap, the yarn will naturally push out the donut glaze parts as you cut it. In this case, don’t let the glaze parts fall off, but hold them on until you have the yarn ready to tie it. See more in the video.

TIP 3

You can use a piece of the same yarn that you used to make your pompom to tie it as we do in the video. However, be aware that some yarns can break when you pull hard. Make sure to test the strength first, otherwise the yarn will break as you pull it tight – this is very bad news for your pompom as it will likely fall apart at that moment! There’s nothing worse!

TIP 4

You can use waxed linen thread instead of yarn. It’s very strong and prevents slipping loose if you loop it a couple of times when you tie a tight knot. It’s a game changer! See our post The best way to tie a pom pom.

6.

Finishing touches!

Remove all of the Pom Maker parts. Roll your pom pom between your palms to even out the yarns. Trim a little bit of any irregular length yarns here and there.
You now have a new pom pom in your life, and that’s a good thing!

HAPPY POM POM MAKING!

Don’t forget to share with #WeArePomMakers. We love to see your creations!

Posts on Instagram with these hashtags will appear on our gallery and everyone will be happy to see them!

7 replies to “How to make a pom pom

  1. Hello!
    Do you have different size of pom pom makers? If not, than how you can make with this one size pom pom maker different and similar size poms poms, and full at the same time?
    Do you have a video tutorial about this?

    I look forward to reply!
    Thank you!

    Guna

  2. Super Fun tutorial, appreciate the simplicity and stark attention to detail, and really easy to understand! Thanks!

    • Thank you for your kind words! Happy pom pom making! : )

  3. Would love to see some sort of step-by-step guide on how to actually design a pom pom…..meaning how and where to wrap the yarn for different design elements like eyes, noses, mouths etc.

  4. Heya!

    I appreciate you sharing about the wax linen thread! I was worried about keeping my pom pom’s together longterm without the yarn pieces accidentally being pulled out the middle. I saw a tutorial where someone used hot glue while wrapping the yarn around to secure it (using fingers, not a pom maker). I was going to try this, but wanted to ask if the wax linen cures this problem? In your experience, is it possible for the yarn pieces to still be pulled out?

  5. Hi, i got the donut from you a while ago. despite practice, my pom poms still come out very “messy”. like some strands of yarn are “curling” side ways and making the pom not neat and dense like the ones you have (especially your newer posts on IG). I am using a sport weight yarn, 100% wool. yet the yarn just looks messy even though i try to make the wrap tight and even. Do you think it is the way the yarn is wrapped or the brand of the yarn that makes a difference? i’m just using a cheap wool yarn from Knitpicks… I just can’t achieve that dense and neatness like the ones you make! please help!

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