Make Picture-Perfect Pom-Poms in Minutes

Make super cute, no-sew pom-poms in a jiffy with these tips and tricks.

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March 13, 2020

Poofy pom-poms might just be the most cathartic craft, and they require very little time and very few tools to create. Use pom-poms as a decorative door hanger, add some color to a basic pair of sandals or level up a hand-wrapped gift. Watch as HGTV's own Marianne Canada works her magic with four different techniques for perfect fluff. Read on for the how-to and make your own.

TEENY, TINY POM-POMS

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials + Tools

  • 1 skein of yarn
  • scissors
  • fork

First, cut about 2 feet of yarn and set aside for later. Then take the loose end from a yarn skein and begin wrapping it around the fork about 20 times (Image 1). Wrap the yarn loosely, but tight enough to stay on the fork. Cut the yarn from the rest of the skein. Then, take the pre-cut piece of yarn and push it through the center tine of the fork (Image 2). Tie a basic knot tight in the center (Image 3). Next, slip the pom-pom bundle off the fork and use scissors to cut the loops at both ends (Image 4). Lastly, trim any uneven edges to create a classic, round shape (Image 5).

HAND-WRAPPED POM-POMS

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials + Tools

  • 1 skein of yarn
  • scissors

The simplest way to make a pom-pom is to use your hand. Start by cutting about 2 feet of yarn and set aside for later. Take the loose end of the yarn from the skein and begin wrapping it around the widest part of your hand (Image 1). Wrap the yarn approximately 50 times. To keep the pom-pom fluffy, be sure not to wrap the yarn too tightly. Tip: Use bulkier yarn for a thicker pom-pom. Once wrapped, gently slide the pom-pom off your hand (Image 2). Now, grab the pre-cut piece of yarn and place the bundled pom-pom in the center. Tie a basic knot around the middle of the bundle (Image 3). Once tied, use scissors to carefully cut the loops at both ends (Image 4). Lastly, trim any uneven edges to create a classic, round shape (Image 5).

EVEN BIGGER POM-POMS

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials + Tools

  • 1 skeins of yarn
  • scissors

To make larger pom-poms, you will need a pom-pom maker and one entire skein of yarn. Read the directions to assemble the pom-pom maker. Begin by cutting about 2 feet of yarn and set it aside. Next, wrap the loose end of the yarn evenly across the sides of your pom-pom maker (Image 1). Use half the skein on one side, and half the skein on the other. When one side of the pom-pom maker is very full, switch to wrapping on the other side, but do not cut the yarn (Image 2). Once both sides are wrapped, use scissors to cut the yarn from the rest of the skein. Now clip the two pieces of the pom-pom maker together (Image 3). Using scissors, cut down the middle of the yarn. Then, grab the pre-cut piece of yarn and place it into the channel in the pom-pom maker (Image 4). Tie a tight knot on both sides (Image 5). Unclip the pom-pom maker and trim it where needed to complete the shape.

BI-COLOR POM-POMS

Photo by: Cassidy Garcia

Cassidy Garcia

Materials + Tools

  • 2 skeins of yarn in varied colors
  • scissors

To make bi-color pom-poms, you will need a pom-pom maker. Read the directions to put together the pom-pom maker. Begin by cutting about 2 feet of yarn and set it aside. Next, use one color of yarn and wrap it layer-by-layer onto one side of the pom-pom maker (Image 1). Once the yarn is full on one side, cut the yarn from the skein. Next, grab the other color of yarn skein and repeat the steps from above (Image 2). Once both sides are evenly matched, cut the yarn from the rest of the skein. Clip the two pieces of the pom-pom maker together and use scissors to cut down the middle of the yarn (Image 3). Then, grab the pre-cut piece of yarn and place it into the channel in the pom-pom maker. Tie a tight knot on both sides (Image 4). Unclip the pom-pom maker and trim it where needed to complete the shape (Image 5).

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