I'm sharing how to make yarn pom poms with just a fork and a clothespin.
This is a fun project that kids can help with, too...
and pom poms are crazy addictive to make!
Ahhhh, pom poms. These are one of the yarn crafts of my youth that still make me smile. I shared on my Instagram this past weekend that we worked on both finger knitting (remember finger knitting?) and yarn pom poms all weekend. My youngest had so much fun with all of it.
While, the traditional method of pom pom making involves using 3-4 fingers wrapped up in yarn...it also tends to cut off my circulation. While purple finger tips are fun and all, I recently discovered this fork method and then put my own spin on it by adding in a clothespin for added security. Check out how to make yarn pom poms below with this simple method.Chances are, you have all of this on hand!
Start by cutting one 12" (roughly sized) piece of yarn.
Slip the mid point of this piece of yarn in between the middle tines of your fork. Secure the ends of the yarn onto the handle of the fork using your clothespin. This will help keep these ends from getting mixed into the pom pom as you create it (which seems to happen to me with I create these without the clothespin).
Hold the end of a new piece of yarn coming from the skein and start wrapping it around the fork (once you have wrapped it a few times, you'll be able to let go of the end).
Keep on, keepin' on.
Wrap and wrap and wrap...until it looks like a really full fork of spaghetti yarn, about an inch and a half deep onto the tines and about half an inch thick.
Cut the piece off of the skein and wrap it around the fork to its end.
Remove the clothespin and bring around the piece of yarn that was attached to the handle. It will tie the pom pom together. Loosely tie it.
Carefully hold onto the loosely tied yard and slip the pom pom off of the fork.
This can be somewhat tricky, so use finesse.
Finish tying the two ends together. Tie these as tight as you possibly can (I've had pom poms fall apart on me in the cutting stage because they weren't tied tight enough. Do your best not to break your yarn (I've done this, too). If you don't succeed with this method on the first try, don't give up...it just takes a little bit of practice.
After it is tied, fan the uncut pom pom into a circular shape.
You'll want to keep those two long pieces to use later for whatever you decide to do with your pom poms (don't cut them off accidentally)...you can tie them onto another string or banner, etc. You can see, I also switched scissors here. I love my mom's sewing scissors, but nothing beats my super sharp fabric scissors when it comes to making pom poms. Be sure to have your best fabric scissors at the ready.
Cut the ends of both sides of the pom pom.
It will first look ugly. And shaggy.
But a good haircut fixes everything (in both life and pom pom making, y'all).
Trim like crazy.
I tend to cut these very short, to make them look their fullest.
Give it a good fluff.
And then trim any stray yarn pieces.
It always feels like I'm cutting them too short, but they're always good.
POM POMS! Is there anything cuter?
The possibilities with these are endless...
I love adding them between pennants on banners, to pillows, and more.
Watch my video on this method below:
How to you make your pom poms?