Wednesday 23 July 2014

DIY: Shake Your Pom Pom!

There's nothing more satisfying than creating something from scratch. I say this often, I know, but I stand by it and aim to fill my days with as much crafty shenanigans as I can muster!! This little treat of a post is aimed at fellow makers and craft newbies alike!! All hail, the mighty pom pom!

These little fluffy balls of wonder can be made in no time at all, using barely any resources and can decorate and brighten up just about anything! Trust me, once you get started it's hard to put down your woolly bobbles!

Here are a few tips on how to create the perfect mini pom pom!

Grab a small fork, known to some as a Dinglehopper... And arm yourself with any colour, thickness or texture wool, oh and a pair of scissors too.

Cut a small length of wool and place it between the middle prongs. (This might very well be my new favourite word; prong!) Hold this to one side as you now begin to wind the ball of wool, horizontally, around the fork. I made the epic mistake of wrapping the yarn way too tightly. This must be my unconscious anxieties creeping through, as I tend to be a tight knitter too!!

There aren't any rules, when it comes to how thick you make this // I like projects with little rules, just call me the craft maverick ; ) // So have a go experimenting!! Once you have your little bundle, take the original, loose piece of yarn and use this to tie tightly around the whole thing. Tie this securely, maybe wrapping round a second time for good measure.

Your next step is to slide your almost pom pom off the fork and carefully snip around all edges, to set free your fluffy ends! Make sure you try and get all of the loops and don't worry about making this neat or even, as you're about to get scissor happy! Working your way around the little pom pom, trim all of your ends, aiming for a similar length the whole way around. Take your time with this and again, experiment with desired lengths. Don't be afraid to get in there with the scissors!!

Once you're given your newly made ball of fluff a healthy trim, get rolling. The key to a luscious ball (spoken as Nicole Scherzinger), is to massage your pom pom! Trust me on this friends.

// TOP TIP: Be sure to tie your pom pom up tightly, to avoid any nasty accidents... //

// TOP TIP: To save time and washing up, use your finger instead of cutlery! Works a treat! //

The only hard part of this gorgeous and fun project, is knowing when enough is enough!! Let me know if you have a go at making some of these cute decorations, and if you have any great advice for defining the process or fab ideas of how to use your puffy creation!


  1. Those look great! I have tried this DIY before and I was surprised that it was successful - although the first attempt ended up just being a bundle of wool. :)

    1. Hehehe! Totally happened to me too!! I found I get a great mini one from winding it around my finger! Easy and super duper fast! : D

  2. I love pom poms! Best DIY ever! Yours are so colourful and fun, I'd love to know what you're going to use them for :) I love that this is a portable DIY toom you can make pom poms in front of the TV, or on the train! xx

  3. Dude, you are so right! I made these babies in the garden. Pom poms on the run! Hehe!

  4. Oh my gosh pom-poms are so much fun :) great DIY. I'm going to try some of these next week :) X

  5. I can never get my pom poms this perfect! I'm not sure, but I think I have to wrap it more. How many times, would you say, do you wrap around the fork, on average? I've been doing 30 I think!

    1. Now that's a good question! I wasn't sure off the top of my head, so I just made a spontaneous pom pom and counted the wraps... I did about 70! A little excessive perhaps, but maybe that helps towards a chunky wee pom pom. Also another handy thing I noticed, besides giving them a good rub, was to trim it really well. Don't be afraid to trim it down, that way you get nice thickness all over : )

      I hope that helps xx