How to Make Pom-Poms Easily

Having a big fluffy pom-pom on top of a handmade hat is just the right amount of fluff to make the hat complete. Using a pom-pom maker is the best tool to use in creating the perfect fluffy pom-pom.

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This is what the pom-pom maker looks like. In the photo below, you will notice that there are three different sizes. Get your Pom-Pom Maker set here.

Pom-Pom Maker closed and open


I have made a large one and small one for you.

small and large pom-pom

Pom-Pom Maker

While you can achieve beautiful looking pom-poms using cut out cardboard, it is by far, much easier to use a pom-pom maker. You don’t have to cut the cardboard, do any measuring, and it does not slip all over when you are trying to wind the yarn and hold it together.

Learn How to Make Pom-Poms Easily

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Directions: How to Make a Pom-Pom Using a Pom-Pom Maker

Begin by opening both halves of the pom-pom maker. Make sure to keep both arms together on each side. Holding the end of the yarn in place, start wrapping the yarn around both arms on one half of the Pom-Pom Maker.

Starting the yarn on Pom-Pom maker

Continue wrapping yarn

Wrap the yarn around the one side until there are quite a few layers of the yarn. Hint: the more layers you wrap around the thicker, fuller, and fluffier the pom-pom will be. I wrap each side until I can just get the side closed. When you think there is enough yarn on the side, close that side of the pom-pom maker and cut the piece of yarn off from the skein of yarn.

yarn wound around one side and closed

Complete Other Side

Now wind the yarn on the other half of the pom-pom maker just like the first side. Then close that side too.

both sides complete with yarn

Hinged Versus Open Side Hint

If you look at the photo above, you will see that there is a hinged and open side of the Pom-Pom Maker on each side. When I start cutting, I found that it is easier to start the cutting on the hinged side.

Cutting the Yarn

Make sure that you are using a very sharp scissors. This will provide for the cleanest lines and even yarn lengths during the cutting process. Cut the yarn between the arms of the Pom-Pom Maker and continue cutting both sides until all the yarn is cut and the center is visible.

Cutting the yarn

Securing the Yarn

Thread a piece of yarn through the arms of the Pom-Pom Maker and tie the yarn. When you make the first part of the knot, pull the yarn until it is through the center. Then complete the knot. I like to make a square knot (left side over right, pull. right side over left, pull) that ensures a snug tie. I like to bring the yarn to the other side and make another snug-fitting knot.

Cutting the yarn

Opening the Pom-Pom Maker

You have just completed making your first pom-pom. It is now time to open the arms and pull the two halves off of the pom-pom. There may be a piece of yarn or two that need a bit of trimming.

Pulling the Pom-pom maker apart

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Use various yarns in your Pom-Pom Maker for different looks. Here is the large size pom-pom that I made.

large pom-pom

Adding the pom-pom to a Crochet Hat

My daughter wants one on the hat I recently crocheted for her.

Pom-Pom and crochet hat

Pull the long yarn pieces through the top of the hat.

Pull yarn pieces through the hat

Tie the yarn pieces together.

Tie yarn pieces together

Weave in Ends.

Weave in ends

Pom-Pom on Crochet Hat

Pom-Pom on Crochet Hat

Autumn Crochet Hat

If you would like to crochet the hat, here is that free crochet pattern.

Autumn Crochet Hat

If you would like a Pom-Pom Maker to Make Pom-Poms Easily, you can get that here.

Pom-pom and 3 pom-pom makers

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