Pom poms – everyone loves a good pom, don’t they? Whether they’re yarn, felt, fabric, or paper, pom poms are a quick and beautiful way to up your decor game. There are so many ways you can make your poms, but I bet you never thought about making pom poms with a fork! Welcome to my mini pom-pom tutorial – how to make the cutest little pom-poms using three things you should already have at home!
Almost everyone has made at least one pom-pom in their life, right? My mum used to sit me down, while she was trying to get something done around the house, hand me a circle of cardboard and some scrap yarn.
Making pom-poms with my mum passed many hours, and I remember making a few with my nan, too. Did you ever make pom-poms as a child?
Before I get into my tutorial, I have to tell you a little about my obsession with all things pom-pom. I got married last year – yay – and our theme was “Pom-Poms for the Pomfrets” because what else would it be!? With a surname like Pomfret and an obsession for colourful poms… it just had to be. Our wedding was two years in the making (there will be a whole series on the many DIY projects we undertook!) and for the majority of that time, I was making pom-poms.
I tried every method imaginable – I made paper pom poms, felt pom poms, and I settled on the OG – yarn pom-poms like you used to make with your nan. For our wedding, we wanted a mixture of large, medium, and small pom-poms for use in the venue decoration. I purchased a set of pom-pom makers, which were great for medium and large – but the small makers just weren’t quite teeny enough!
I sought advice from far and wide – Facebook groups, friends, Pinterest. I can’t remember exactly, but I think a lovely person on a Facebook group pointed me in the direction of using a fork! It’s not what I was expecting to use to make over 800 pom poms, that’s for sure.
Mini Pom-Pom Tutorial; Making Pom-Poms with a Fork
If you haven’t ever made a pom-pom, this mini pom-pom tutorial is the perfect place to start! If your life is full of pom-poms, adding a few more is always a good idea.
So let’s get started – welcome to my mini pom-pom tutorial; making pom-poms with a fork!
- Yarn – I used DK
- A fork
Step by Step Guide
- Grab your materials
- Take your yarn and cut a piece around 5-10cm long, thread this through the middle space in the fork
- Wrap yarn around the fork – above the loose yarn you have just threaded through. For this pom-pom, I wrapped the yarn around 34 times – but you can do more, or less, depending on how dense you would like your pom to be
- Now, you want to tie the loose piece of yarn around the wrapped yarn, see picture 4. Double-knot this as tight as you can – this is important so that your pom-pom doesn’t come loose!
- Slip your yarn off the fork by pulling upwards
- Take your scissors and insert them into the little loops you have created. Trim the yarn around the outside to create your pom-pom
- Your pom will probably look tufty, so take some time to trim into a round shape. The more you trim, the denser and fuller your pom-pom will look.
Pro-tip: Experiment with different types of yarn – you’ll find baby DK will look very different than chunky knit yarn.
If you want super dense, full-looking, pom-poms then wrap more yarn around the fork.
It’s as easy as that! It takes less than 2 minutes to make, so what are you waiting for? Why not create some colourful pom-pom confetti and brighten up your week 🙂
I can’t wait to start blogging about our amazing wedding, so I’ll leave you with a sneaky preview photo here!
If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments! If you’ve made any pom-poms using this method, I’d love to see them! Feel free to email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
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