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Mini Pom Pom Tutorial: Making Pom Poms with a Fork

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! 

Mini Pom-pom fork
Toni Rainbows Fork

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? 

Mini Pom-pom fork

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.

Rainbow pom-pom tutorial

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! 

Mini Pom-pom fork

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!

Mini pom-pom tutorial fork

Materials required

  1. Yarn – I used DK
  2. A fork 
  3. Scissors

Step by Step Guide

  1. Grab your materials
  2. Take your yarn and cut a piece around 5-10cm long, thread this through the middle space in the fork 
  3. 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
  4. 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!
  5. Slip your yarn off the fork by pulling upwards
  6. Take your scissors and insert them into the little loops you have created. Trim the yarn around the outside to create your pom-pom
  7. 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. 
Mini pom-poms
Here's some I made earlier

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.

Mini Pom-pom 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 hello@tonirainbows.co.uk

If you’re feeling down whilst stuck at home, why not come on a virtual vacation with me? Check out my tour of Taormina, Sicily here.

If you’d like some pom-pom inspo, I highly recommend following Natasha, aka Love.Indy_ on Instagram here

I’d love if you’d join me on Instagram, too! Come say hi!

Lots of love,

Toni x

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