Use a small ball of spare yarn to make your own fluffy pom-poms for any decorating occasion. See our step-by-step instructions below to get started!

By BH&G Holiday Editors
Updated November 05, 2020
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You don't need any special tools to create DIY yarn pom-poms. Make your own homemade pom-poms with yarn, scissors, and a large fork. Homemade poms are an easy way to dress up gift wrap, DIY Christmas ornaments, even home decor (like this fluffy pom-pom rug!). In no time, you'll be adding pom-poms to your party decorations, stringing color-coordinated pom-pom garlands, and even making them out of old t-shirts.

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Credit: Carson Downing

Make a Pom-Pom from Yarn

Supplies Needed

  • A few yards of yarn (we used bulky weight yarn)
  • A large serving fork with four tines
  • Scissors

Step-by-Step Directions

We'll show you exactly how easy it is to make your own pom-poms. In no time at all, you'll have a pile of fluffy pom-poms ready for your next project.

Step 1: Make Figure Eights

Start by holding one end of the yarn ($1, Hobby Lobby) toward you. Wrap the ball around the first two tines of the serving fork, then around the second two tines, as if you're making a figure 8. You'll come back through the middle of the fork each time you wrap the yarn. Continue wrapping your yarn around the fork until the fork is full (or you have approximately 5-inches of yarn left, whichever comes first). As you progress you'll be able to make pom-poms of different sizes.

Yarn pom pom how-to

Step 2: Tie a Knot

Push the yarn up the center of the fork and thread your remaining yarn through the top middle gap in the fork. Continue to wrap the end around the middle of the yarn ball, cinching the center together, until you have 2-inches of yarn left. Tie both yarn ends together tightly, and slip the yarn ball off the fork.

Yarn pom pom how-to

Step 3: Trim and Fluff

Once your yarn ball is off the fork, check again to make sure that both yarn ends are tied tightly—this is what holds your pom-pom together. Use scissors ($9, Target) to snip the loops at both ends of your yarn ball. Fluff the ends, shaping your pom-pom, and trim as needed.


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