Learn How to Make Pom Poms Out of Yarn [FREE Tutorial]

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Text area which says Learn How To Make Pom Poms Out Of Yarn , learnknittingonline.com" followed by a pom pom made out of blue yarn being trimmed using a pair of scissorsHave you ever wondered how to make pom poms out of yarn? Pom poms are quick and easy to make. And by making them out of yarn, you can easily match them to your knitting project.

In addition, it is also a great way to customize your projects by using up some leftover yarn.

For example, you can use pom poms to add a fun design element a knitted hat. Alternatively, you could add a row of pom poms to the ends of a scarf, an afghan, or the corners of a pillow.

If you are planning to make a lot of pom poms, it might be worth investing in a pom pom making set.

However, for the occasional pom pom, you can easily make your own pom pom maker from cardboard. In this tutorial, we will show you how to do this.

So, why not add a pop of color to your next knitting project?

Materials Needed for Making Pom Poms

To make the DIY yarn pom poms, you will nee the following: 

  • Cardboard
  • Circular template (e.g. a lid, etc.)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Yarn needle

How to Make Pom Poms Out of Yarn

Use a lid or other round item to trace two circles onto the cardboard. The circles should have the desired diameter of the pom pom.

How to Make Pom Poms Step 1: A red circular lid being traced on a piece or cardboard using a pencil.

Use a smaller object to draw a second circle inside the two circles.

How to Make Pom Poms Step 2: A blue bottle cap being traced on a piece or cardboard using a pencil.

Cut out the two main circles. Then cut out the center of each circle.

How to Make Pom Poms Step 3: A piece of circular cardboard with a hole in the middle and another piece of cardboard being cut.

Tread your yarn needle with a long length of yarn, making sure the needle is in the middle of the yarn.

How to Make Pom Poms Step 4: A piece of blue yarn threaded in a tapestry needle.

Place the two cardboard circles on top of each other and wrap the yarn around both circles as illustrated.

How to Make Pom Poms Step 5: Blue yarn threaded in a tapestry needle being wrapped around a circular cardboard many times.

Keep wrapping the yarn until the cardboard circles are completely covered. Make sure that the center hole is also filled.

How to Make Pom Poms Step 6: Blue yarn wrapped around a circular cardboard covering it completely.

Use a pair of sharp scissors and start snipping along the edge of the ring and through all of the wrapped yarn. Make sure to cut through every strand of yarn.

How to Make Pom Poms Step 7: Blue yarn wrapped around a circular cardboard being cut in the middle.

Cut off another length of yarn. Pull the two cardboard pieces slightly apart and insert the strand of yarn. Tie the yarn around the middle of the pom pom.

How to Make Pom Poms Step 8: Piece of blue yarn being tied around and in between the circular cardboard holding the pom pom.

Wrap the yarn around the center of the pom pom a few more times and tie tightly. Make sure that you leave two long ends that you can use to attach the finished pom pom.

How to Make Pom Poms Step 9: Piece of blue yarn peeking between the circular cardboard holding the pom pom.

Remove the cardboard circles. Fluff up the pom pom and use a pair of scissors to trim it into shape. Make sure to keep turning the pom pom while trimming so it does not end up all lopsided.

How to Make Pom Poms Step 10: A pom pom made out of blue yarn being trimmed using a pair of scissors.

Use the long yarn tails to attach the pom pom to your knitting project.

How to Make Pom Poms Step 11: A pom pom made out of blue yarn attached to the edge of a knitting project.

Now that you’ve learned how to make pom poms out of yarn, why not learn how to make tassels next? Check out the tutorial here: How to Make a Tassel Out of Yarn.

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