Pom poms are the easiest way to make your fun crafts even better, adding a touch of playfulness and texture to hats, scarves, and other items. Making your own DIY pom poms is an easy way to personalize your creations. Let me show you how to make yarn pom poms in three different ways using your hand, a fork, and cardboard. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and you’ll see how easy pom poms are to make — and so much fun too!

Image shows three pom poms made with blue yarn on top of a pink background, with bits of yarn around.
Make your own pom poms!

Watch How to Make Pom Poms

There’s no easier way to learn how to make pom poms than with a video tutorial! You can make giant pom poms, small pom poms – or just in different sizes!

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How to Make a Pom Pom Three Ways

Let’s create the perfect addition for your crafts: a lot of pom poms! Here are three different methods for making pom poms – using your hand, a fork, and cardboard. Each method is easy to follow and makes fluffy professional-looking pom poms that will elevate your crafting game. There are actual pom pom makers around, but why buy one if you can make it with any type of yarn and supplies you have at home? 

So, grab your yarn, and let’s get started!

Three pom poms in different sizes made with blue yarn with text that reads "cardboard", "hand" and "fork"
Find the method that works best for you!

Method 1: Using your hand

This pom-pom tutorial is the best way if you need a medium-sized pom pom and don’t have the special tools to make it.

  1. Hold the end of the yarn between your fingers and wrap the yarn around your fingers until it’s thick. wrap yarn around hand for pom pom
  2. Carefully slide the yarn off your fingers and tie a piece of yarn tightly around the middle of the bundle. tie yarn in middle
  3. Cut the loops at each end of the bundle with sharp scissors. cut loops
  4. Fluff and trim the pom pom to shape. Let’s make some fluffy pom poms!trim pom pompom pom made with hands

Method 2: Using a fork

This method to make perfect pom poms is as easy as method 1 too, and you don’t even need to go to the craft store – simply grab a fork and make sure you have enough yarn. This method will make a dense pom pom.

  1. Hold the end of your yarn between the two middle prongs of a fork. place yarn between tines of fork
  2. Wrap yarn around the fork, between the prongs, several times until it’s thick. Cut yarn. wrap yarn around fork
  3. Tie a piece of yarn tightly around the middle of the bundle, between the two middle prongs of the fork. wrap yarn around middle of fork
  4. Cut the loops at each end of the bundle with scissors. carfull remove from fork
  5. Cut the loops at each end of the bundle with scissors. cut loops
  6. Fluff and trim the pom pom to shape. trim pom pompom pom made from fork

Method 3: Using cardboard

Here’s another easy method to make pom poms using cardboard discs. If you want to make little pom poms, make sure the diameter pom pom maker template is small too.

  1. Cut two circles of cardboard, of the same size. Cut a small circle in the middle of each cardboard circle. cardboard template for pom pom
  2. Notch the edge of the circle to hold the yarn.notch templatecut notch in circle
  3. Place a piece of yarn on the cardboard template.place yarn on cardboard template
  4. Place the two circles together.place circles together
  5. Wrap the yarn around both cardboard rings. Continue until the yarn is wrapped thick.wrap yarn around cardboard
  6. Tie the piece of yarn between the two cardboard circles. tightly around the yarn.tie yarn in the middle
  7. Cut the loops at each end of the bundle with scissors.cut loops
  8. Remove from cardboard.remove cardboard
  9. Fluff and trim the excess yarn to shape.trim pom pompom pom made from fingers

These methods yield fluffy, colorful pom pom crafts that you can use to decorate crocheted items or any other craft project. The most important thing is that now you know how to make them anytime you need a pretty pom pom!

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