I think that pom poms are one of the most adorable things you can make with yarn. Since I’ve wanted to try out a set of Pom Pom Makers for years, I decided that pom poms would be the perfect project for November. Simple, cute, and not too complicated, which is exactly what I needed with all the holiday festivities coming up! To make it a little more interesting, I thought it would be fun to write up this mini tutorial so you can make a few pom pom garlands too!

To start with, you will need the following:

Yarn

Pom pom makers

Pointed scissors

And then some sort of string to tie your pom poms to. I am using a crocheted chain.

First you will need to pick how big you want your pom poms. I decided I wanted to make two different sizes. I used the two smallest pom pom makers from my set. Hold the two halves of the pom pom maker together. Start wrapping the yarn around it...

Keep wrapping,

And wrapping,

And wrapping

Until you get the desired amount. But don’t use too much yarn! The first pom pom I made ended up more of an oval shape because I filled the pom pom maker too full. You want to have a little open space in the middle.

Once you’re done wrapping the yarn, close and latch the pom pom maker. Snip the yarn and cut off an additional piece about 5-8 inches long. (For a bigger pom pom, you will need a bigger piece of yarn.) Taking your sharp pointed scissors, slide it between the two halves of the pom pom maker and start cutting the yarn. I originally picked these adorable Stork Scissors because they were vintage looking and cute, but once I started making the pom poms I realized they were absolutely perfect because they have such a sharp point! Keep going until all the wrapped yarn is cut.

Wrap that extra piece of yarn around the fluffy yarn pieces, in between the two halves of the pom pom maker, and tie it as tightly as you can. Carefully remove the pom pom maker. Ta-da!! You have a pom pom! To finish it off, take your scissors and trim any extra long pieces of yarn. Don’t cut the long strings you tied it together with!! You need those to make the garland. Shape it into a nice, fluffy ball.

Now that you have one pom pom, it’s time to make more. Lots more!! For my garlands, I had three colors of yarn and I wanted to use two different sizes of pom poms. I made five pom poms of each color in both sizes about 30 pom poms total. (I also experimented with holding all three colors of yarn together and using the biggest pom pom maker. I ended up with some massive pom poms! But more on that later.)

Once all of the pom poms are finished, it is time to make the actual garland. I crocheted some long chains of different lengths. Using the long tails left on the pom poms, I tied them to the chains by threading one strand of yarn through one of the chain loops.

After that, it is just a matter of trimming ends and deciding where to put them! I hung the medium sized pom pom garlands from some lights in my studio. The small pom pom garland was attached to my cork board with a couple thumb tacks. I wish I could explain to you how happy these make me! I think they have made my studio ten times cheerier than it was before. They worked even better than I anticipated. In case you were curious, I’m going to stick the big pom poms I made in a small wood crate and display them on my desk.

If you were to use brown, burgundy, mustard, and forest green colored yarns for the pom poms, they would look amazing as decorations in the autumn. Make multicolored pom pom garlands and drape them around your Christmas tree. Or hang single pom poms like Christmas tree ornaments. I keep thinking of all sorts of uses for these fluffy yarn balls! They are so fun and cute and I am going to love having some for myself.

~Emily