How to make wool pom poms

We love wool pom poms! If we don’t put them on top of our wool hats we feel like they’re just not quite finished.

Does this ever happen to you too? 😉

Pom poms are a great craft to make with kids, and they can be used in a huge variety of DIY projects.

For example, you could use them to make a pom pom wreath, decorative garland…

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To make wool pom poms we only need a few items that you probably already have at home, so we don’t have to spend a dime!

Grab your scissors, a piece of cardboard (you can be creative here and recycle an old cereal box or delivery box) and some round objects that you can use to trace a circle onto the cardboard (small plates or dishes, rolls of tape, round jars or tea candles) and of course, don’t forget your WAK wool!

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The first thing we’ll do is trace two circles on the cardboard.

The size of these circles will determine the size of your pom poms, so keep that in mind when you’re drawing them.

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Now trace two smaller circles inside of the bigger ones, try to make them concentric, meaning that they are in the center of the circle (they don’t have to be perfect).

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With the scissors, cut out both of the bigger circles.

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Once you’ve done that, using the scissors again, cut out the smaller circles from inside the bigger ones.

Cut through the ring all the way to the center, don’t worry, later we will use this slit to tie our wool to our cardboard pom pom maker.

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Now the fun begins!

Put the two rings together, and using wool or petite wool, wrap a strand around the cardboard.

Alternate yarn colors and weights to make multicolored pom poms with different effects, you can even make a design depending upon how you wrap the yarn 😀

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Keep wrapping until the pom pom maker is full, as in the image above.

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Very carefully, slip the scissors between the two pieces of cardboard and start cutting the yarn we wrapped in the previous step.

Cut all the way around both pieces of cardboard until you’ve cut all of the wool.

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Finally, cut a strand of yarn and put it through the center of the pom pom.

Remove both pieces of cardboard and then make a knot so all of the yarn is secured.

We’re done!

You can reuse the cardboard circles to make more pom poms.

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Before using our pom poms for our projects, we’ll give them a haircut, so they look better and more round.

Trim any ends that are longer than the others with the scissors so they are all the same length.

This way your pom pom will be perfectly round.

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So now that you are a pom pom making machine, what are you going to do with all of them? Are you the type of person that puts pom poms on all of their hats, or do you like to improvise and use them for other projects?

Don’t forget to share your projects that use WAK cotton or wool with the hashtag #weareknitters on Instagram for your chance to be featured on our feed! 😉