11 Sep 2013

HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT POM-POM

I've officially gone a little pom-pom crazy!  After completing the pom-pom garland for the boys' shared room, I continued with my pom-pom making and I will be sharing a couple more pom-pom projects over the next little while.   I think this post is going to go into the world record books for the most use of the word "pom-pom" (you've been forewarned). :)

So before I show you my next project, I wanted to share a tutorial on how to get perfectly round pom poms.  I noticed that many of the tutorials out there tell you to wrap yarn around two stick type objects and then just tie off the middle which ends up in a lot of trimming/shaping of the pom pom and not a perfectly sphere pom-pom.  So I guess I want to show you the way my mom taught me.  

Isn't it crazy that the leaves have started to change colour already?  It won't be long until our yard is completely covered in leaves.  
Little Pilot helped model my perfect pom-pom although it didn't stay so perfect once he got his dirt-covered little hands all over it. :)

Here's the how to:

Perfect Pom-Poms:

Materials:  cardboard, a round object/compass, pencil and yarn

How to:


  1. Draw two circles slightly larger than what you would like your pom-pom to be.  In each of the circles draw a small circle in the middle.  I found the midpoint of my larger circle to make sure that my small circle was directly in the centre.  I traced a glass, but you could use a compass too.
  2. Cut out your circles from the cardboard.  They should look like donuts.
  3. Place the two cardboard circles on top of each other and use a slip knot to help you get ready to wrap your yarn.  This will also double up your yarn so that you can wrap a little faster.
  4. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard circle pulling the yarn through the centre.  For a full pom-pom I generally wrap my cardboard circle about 1.5 times around.
  5. To cut the yarn loops, use the space between the cardboard circles as a guide as to where to cut (i.e., place your scissors in between the circles and cut all the way around).
  6. Once the loops are all cut secure them together by tying a short piece of yarn around them - it is easiest to do this by separating the cardboard circles slightly and wrapping the yarn around through the space.
  7. After you've secured the loops together, pull off the cardboard circles
  8. You should end up with a perfectly round pom-pom that needs none to very little trimming.

So that's the way I make my pom-poms.  I'll be sharing with you what I made from my white pom-poms soon!

sharing this project here and savvysouthernstyle, betweennapsontheporch

18 comments:

  1. That's the way I learned to make pom-poms as well. :) Can't wait what else you have up your sleeve in the pom-pom land. ;)

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    1. Maybe that's the way they make them in Finland? I think it works pretty well.

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  2. That's such a neat pom-pom. I have always used the finger method. Should try this sometime. Thanks!
    - Anjana.

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    1. It may take a bit longer than the finger method, but you end up with really nice round pom-poms. Once you've made your little circle templates, it is pretty quick though.

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  3. I think I want to make pom poms just to take adorable pictures of my kids with them like the ones you have up there :). Seriously, I might need some somewhere--thanks for the tutorial! and, btw--I keep TRYING to watch your basement tour and getting interrupted partway through (not sure how that keeps happening in this house ;)). I will make it through tonight, though!

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    1. Making a pom-pom just to take pictures of it with cute kids would definitely be worth it. :) Ah, that basement video is way to long - I still have to figure out how to edit video!

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  4. Whoa! Great tutorial! I made a pom pom garland for my mantle just the other day. My pom poms came out a little loose and not so perfect but I thought they were okay. I'll probably leave how it is but will definitely use this tutorial if I make another garland for something else. Thanks!

    Runt
    runtspickins@yahoo.com
    www.runtspickins.wordpress.com

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  5. Great tutorial on making pom poms. I'm a pom pom addict as well. They are so stinking cute and fun! I've fallen for the new little pom pom makers, but I'm a gadget type girl. This way is much less expensive and just as cute.
    Take care,
    KC

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  6. Oh how I love pom poms!! Thanks for the super tutorial! :)

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  7. Thanks for the great tutorial! Pinned!

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  8. I have never made a pom pom and I have to fix that! I didn't even know how, so I'm totally pinning this to try soon.

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    1. You totally should try it, but just a warning - it gets addictive! ;) Thanks so much for the pin too. :)

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial. I've never made a pom pom that way. I have a few pom pom projects on my to do list so this is very helpful.

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    1. I really like making them this way. There's much less trimming and they turn out nice and even. Please share you pom-pom projects. I'd love to see them! :)

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  10. I'm definitely trying this method -- these are just too doggone cute!

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  11. Very nice! It also looks like you could just trace a CD or DVD if the size is right. :)

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  12. this method of wrapping in and out, in and out, in and out......takes 4x longer than just wrapping around your hand or a piece of folded cardboard BUT results in a much nicer and round pompom.

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