Yarn pom-poms make adorable fluffy bunny tails, playful decorations on the toes of ice skates, or a simple finishing touch at the top of a crocheted or knit winter hat. Make your own yarn pom-poms without spending money on the pom-pom-making tools they sell at the craft store. With a simple piece of stiff cardboard, you can make a pom-pom of any size in just a few minutes.
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Things you need
- Stiff cardboard
Measure and cut a square of cardboard with dimensions that match the desired diameter of the yarn pom-pom. For example, cut a 3-inch square of stiff cardboard for a yarn pom-pom that is 3 inches wide.
Wrap your yarn around the square, top to bottom, at least 100 times. The more times you wrap the yarn around the square, the fuller the pom-pom will be. Trim the end of the yarn so it is flush with the top or bottom edge of the cardboard, depending on where it is in the wrapping process.
Slide the wrapped yarn off the cardboard square carefully -- you don't want it to lose its shape. Tie a 6-inch-long piece of yarn around the centre of the wrapped yarn in a knot. Don't tie the length of yarn through the centre, but around the centre. Trim the ends of the 6-inch piece of yarn.
Snip the looped ends of the yarn so you have a tied-together bunch of yarn strands. Fluff the strands of yarn to create a full yarn pom-pom.
Tips and warnings
- Don't wrap the yarn too tightly around the square of cardboard, to make it easier to slide off without loosing the form of the wrapped yarn.
- Use yarn pom-poms of different sizes to make a whimsical mobile for your baby's nursery.