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How to Make Pom Poms Without a Pom Pom Maker

Different Methods to Make Pom Poms

There are so many different methods to make pom poms. I’ve made them with a pom pom maker, made makeshift tools out of cardboard, wrapped yarn around books, I even tried using a fork one time (great for really small pom poms). If you need a pom pom quick, this method is for you

How to Make a Pom Pom

Step 1: Begin by wrapping yarn around your four fingers. The more wraps you do the more full your pom pom will be. Try to also make sure that you cover all the way down the length of your fingers. It will make your pom pom more uniform.

Step 2: Continue to wrap the yarn until it begins to feel quite thick. You don’t want to go as far as having a ball around your fingers. The amount shown in the photo above should be enough. Next, cut the yarn and an extra 12 inch piece of yarn.

Step 3: Gently pull the wrapped yarn off of your fingers and lay it across the single piece of cut yarn.

Step 4: Tie the wrapped yarn around the middle. Turn over the wrapped yarn and tie a knot on the opposite side. Repeat again so you’ve tied it at least three times. Secure the end with a double knot. (These series of knots are what hold your pom pom together. You want them to be tight!)

Step 5: Cut the loops of yarn on the top and bottom. You may need to dig into the pom pom to find all of the loops.

Once you are done cutting the loops you will notice that your pom pom looks a little wonky and not very uniform. Don’t fret, we aren’t done yet!


There are different lengths of yarn making up the ball. (The first few center loops you made around your fingers were smaller than the last loops, which creates different lengths of string.)

All your pom pom needs is a little haircut to make it more uniform. Just make light snips around the outside until it resembles a uniform ball.

I suggest vacuuming up the leftovers, the trimming process can be quite messy!

What To Do With All Your Pom Poms?

Did you make a bunch of pom poms or do you need to repurpose some? Here are just a few ideas…

  • Make a pom pom flower bouquet (one of my more popular posts!)
  • Use small pom poms as a vase filler (or trim down large ones)
  • Put them on top of gifts as a gift topper
  • Pretend indoor “snowballs” for kids to play with
  • Place them in a bowl for a table display
  • Sew them onto the top of a hat or ends of a scarf
  • Add them as bunny tails for Easter decor

Do you have any other fun ideas? Let me know in the comments below!

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