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Last Updated on May 24, 2021 by Katherine
Do you have left over yarn from your latest crochet or knitting project? Pom-poms are the perfect project to use up that scrap yarn. In this post, I’m going to share with you over 25 clever pom-pom ideas that you will want to try out today.
I love making pom-poms because they don’t require a lot of yarn and they are great for using the last tidbits from a project to make something useful or pretty. Or buy more yarn to make a bigger project like a rug! I’m all for using any excuse I can to buy more crafting supplies (Check out How to Find, Buy & Store Your Craft Supplies: The Best Tips for more details there).
What You Will Need:
- A selection of yarn.
- A pom-pom maker (they are available usually wherever you buy yarn)
To get started making your pom-pom, begin wrapping the yarn around your pom-pom maker.
The more yarn wrapped around the maker, the thicker or “puffier” your pom-pom will be. When done wrapping, you’ll cut the yarn wrap around the outer edge of the maker and tie another string of yarn around the pieces.
Then you simply fluff out your pom-pom!
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Now that we’ve established how to make pom-poms, let’s give you some ideas!
For a pom pom rug, you need a rug pad and a boatload of pom-poms in graduated colors. For example, start with a creamy white and graduate to a dark navy blue and pick around 3 other colors within that gradient.
Similar to the ombre shaded rug, the flower rug will have about five colors of pom-poms arranged in a pretty floral pattern. Attach these to a similar rug liner and you’ve got a cozy rug for your office or bathroom, or wherever you need a plush floor covering.
Wreaths are a simple afternoon project and similar to the rugs, instead of attaching your pom-poms to a rug liner, you’re attaching them to a wreath form.
You can buy a metal or wooden frame at stores such as Walmart.
Clever Wall Art
I found this idea on Pinterest, and it’s seriously cute! Take a simple clip art like print and make the picture a 3D element by replacing the flat image with a pom-pom. For example, a cloud can become a cluster of pom-poms or make some pom-pom balloons.
Pom Pom Flowers
If you love minimalist home decor styles, this craft will be the perfect for you. If you have a beautiful vase that you want to display but can’t find real or silk flowers that you love, try some simple pom pom flowers! Check out DIY Vase Ideas here.
Once you have your pom-poms, you just need a “stem”. I like the idea of using natural looking twigs, you can just hot glue the pompom to the stem and stick that into your lovely decorative vase! Gorgeous!
This project is perfect for bookworms!
I love the simplicity of this idea, you’re just creating a nice fluffy pom pom with a long tail. That tail will be the bit you stick in the book.
I love pillows, they can instantly change the look of your living room. You can glue pom-poms to a plain couch pillow easily enough or you can create pom-pom accents to a pillow that you’d rather not completely cover up.
My favorite tutorial is DIY It – A Cozy Pom Pom Pillow from A Kailo Chic Life.
The idea of using pom-poms to create a custom key chain is pretty cool. All you need is a pom-pom and a key ring.
Some cleverly adorable ideas:
- Watermelon – Check out How to Make a Watermelon Garland for the details.
- Pom Pom Unicorn
- Multi-colored pom-poms (just experiment with random patterns and colors)
I love the versatility of this project. You can add different layers to a hanging piece of art by creating pom-poms and then attaching them with string to a decorative bar or branch.
Add additional layers with feathers or tassels.
If you want to jazz up a light fixture in your house, I love this Pom Pom Pendant idea from A Subtle Revelry.
Simply take a white lantern based light shade and affix enough pom-poms to cover it.
Animal pom-poms are a bit more advanced, but with some thought on how you wrap your colors of yarn together can create an adorable little animal. For example, I’ve done bumblebees and the trick to getting the stripes is to wrap your yarn in a yellow and black striped pattern on your maker.
You can create wings and other features with some craft felt and use a hot glue gun to attach them.
Other Clever Animal Ideas:
Check out some other clever ideas over on the Pom Maker blog.
Ideas Inspired By Holidays
If you are looking for something a little more seasonal, I’ve got your back. Christmas and Halloween are my main seasons I cover here on the blog, so these are some of my favorite ideas to decorate.
Similar to the wreath above, but definitely Christmas inspired. For this wreath, you will need white pom-poms in two different sizes (large for the body, small for the head). I’ve seen people use colored yarn to fashion a jaunty scarf and use felt pieces to make the eyes and carrot nose if you prefer your snowmen to have features.
Christmas Ball Ornaments
The simplest ornaments ever. Simply create your pom pom in whatever festive color your heart desires and then simply attach a “cap” to the tailing string. Best size is a pop bottle lid or something similar.
Candy Corn Wreath
If you’ve got some orange, yellow and white pom-poms, you can pop those puppies on a wreath form (use some hot glue to secure them on) and boom. Instant fun decor piece for Halloween!
Even better, check out the Mr. P blog for Let’s Make Halloween Pom Poms and create some fun shapes to add to your wreath.
What’s Halloween without a jack-o’-lantern? Make yourself a bright orange pom pom and use craft felt to fashion some eyes, a nose and a mouth. Hot glue will work to attach the pieces to the pompom.
For a little extra depth, you can use a few shades of orange to create the illusion of a pumpkin shape.
So there you have it folks, well over 25 clever pom-pom ideas. I love crafting with pom-poms because depending on the project, you can easily knock one of these ideas out in a single afternoon.
Try experimenting with different weights of yarn, but definitely stick to acrylic blends as they are usually stronger than natural wool blends. The heavier weight for your yarn will make for a “puffier” pom-pom.
I hope you found this post helpful and inspiring, let me know in the comments what your favorite pom pom craft is! Also be sure to pin this post to Pinterest for easy reference.
Until next time, stay crafty, my friends!!