How to Make a Pom Pom Ball with Yarn

I’m excited to show you how to make a pom pom ball with yarn!  I love flowers that look like pom poms…Mums, Allium, Chive Blossoms, Dahlias, Billy Buttons, they’re all perfect for spring and summer!

Every year I host a Mother – Daughter tea party.  The 2012 tea party theme was ‘Making Lemonade,’ with lots of yellow touches, a couple of fun activities, and a great variety of delicious food!   I showed you yesterday an overall picture of the Tea Party Decorations.  The party was SUPER simple {I think all crafting should be SIMPLE…life’s too busy for complicated}, but pretty!  Little B and her cousin made Pom Pom flowers and they turned out darling!  Here’s how to make a Pom Pom flower with yarn, using items found around the house.

I have a great little tool – you could make your own out of cardboard —
or I often just wrap my yarn around a fork or around three of my fingers!
{the length is 4″ and the width is 2″ and the slit in the middle is important}
Your width should be about 1″ larger than the width of your desired pom pom.
Begin wrapping your yarn around the width of the tool 75-100 times.
{More for thinner yarn and less for thicker yarn, the pom pom’s density
depends on the number of times the yarn is wrapped around the tool}.
After you reach the desired depth of yarn, take an 8 inch piece of yarn
and wrap it around the entire bundle of yarn, starting at the bottom,
open portion of the tool, wrap the small yarn piece around the top of the
yarn bundle.  Make 3 tight knots to secure the center of the pom.
Remove the yarn from the pom pom too…
Slip a pair of scissors into the looped portion on the left
and on the looped portion on the right of the yarn bundle…
at this point, you have a pom pom with wild ends!
Trim off 1/8′ – 1/4″ of the yarn, all around
your cute pom poms, keeping their circular shape.
If you want to make the pom smaller and
denser continue trimming free hand.
Attach the pom poms with hot glue to sticks
from the backyard.  Place in vases and tie with jute twine!
The flowers that I used on the Tea Party plates, were
twigs from a craft store’s floral department.
Most of my milk glass vases are thrifty finds!
What do you like to collect from estate and thrift sales?!!?
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  1. Elisa says:

    Could you tell me roughly how big these pom poms are? Like 1.5″?

  2. Amy says:

    Adorable! Where can I get the pom pom tool? Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have been crafting for about 35 years and make everything from wood decorations to tiny tree ornaments. I make things using wood to Styrofoam and any thing in the middle. I have made pompoms for years. and have talked to a lot of crafters. So now I will ask you….All pompoms are made about the same, some are big and some are small… now after it is all made and you have trimmed it.. you can pull one of the yarn pieces and it will come out…..We are trying to figure how to make them secure so they can’t be pulled apart… Do you gave any answers or is this a question that will haunt us….. You have great items on your site
    Thank you,

    • In the past I have added a dot of glue (elmers or hot glue gun) to the center to keep the tie from loosening. Hope this helps!!! XO, Aimee

  4. This really brings back memories from when I was a little girl. Your yellow ones look like real mums in the photo… I love the natural branches with them. I’m pinning this. Little Bit from http://www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com


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