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How to Make a DIY Pompom

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Here are 4 simple and quick ways to make a pompom yourself.

Crafty people have been using pompons for creating fluffy rugs, decorating interiors, and other items for a long time.

It’s not difficult to make a pompom, and the instructions from 5-Minute Crafts will make this process even easier than you expected.

A pompom made of thread on a cardboard billet

You’ll need:

  • A piece of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Thread

How to do it:

1. Decide on what size pompon you’d like to make, then draw 2 identical circles on a piece of cardboard. The bigger your circles are, the bigger your pompom will be.

2. Make holes in the center of the circles.

3. Place the circles together and start winding yarn around them, passing the thread through the inner circle.

4. Wrap the billets with thread, distributing them evenly over the surface of the cardboard circles. The tighter the winding is, the more elastic the pompom will be.

5. Carefully spread the thread strands and make a cut between the billets in one place.

6. Fully cut the thread between the billets, holding the yarn with one hand.

7. Cut off a separate piece of thread from the roll of yarn and place it between cardboard circles. Tighten and tie the thread with several knots.

8. Carefully remove the cardboard billets and fluff the pompom.

9. Even the ball out with scissors.

A small pompom on a fork

You’ll need:

  • Thread (opt for thicker kinds, like yarn)
  • A fork
  • Scissors

How to do it:

1. Wrap the yarn around the fork in loops that aren’t too tight. The more loops you make, the tighter your pompom will be. Cut off the thread when you finish the winding process.

2. Cut off a small piece of thread from the yarn roll and wrap it around the center of the skein that you made, and secure it with several knots. Don’t cut off the thread after securing it if you want to make a pompom with a loop.

3. Cut the loops that appeared on both sides after tightening its center.

4. Fluff the pompom that you got and even out the protruding strands with scissors.

Life hack: If you need a small pompom, you can wind the thread not on 4 but on 3 or 2 fork legs. If you need a bigger pompom, you can wind the thread on your hand instead of the fork.

Pompoms on a chair

If you need to make several identical pompoms, this method will work perfectly.

You’ll need:

  • A chair
  • A ball of yarn
  • Scissors

How to do it:

1. Turn the chair upside down. Take the yarn and start to evenly and tightly wrap it around 2 neighboring chair legs.

2. Make the necessary amount of wraps and keep in mind that the more thread you use in the wrapping, the fluffier your pompoms will be.

3. Spread the winding into several equal parts without removing them from the chair. Tighten each part with a piece of yarn and secure it with a knot.

Life hack: If it’s important for you to get perfectly identical pompoms, you can pre-mark the winding using a measuring tape and a marker.

4. Cut the thread between the secured parts.

An important note: Try to make your cuts right in the center in order to get even pompoms.

5. Fluff the pompoms and cut off the protruding strands.

Pompoms made of tulle

You’ll need:

  • A small piece of tulle
  • Scissors
  • A piece of cardboard
  • A satin ribbon

How to do it:

1. Draw 2 identical circles on a cardboard piece and cut them out by the contour.

2. Put the circles together and make a hole in the center.

3. Cut the tulle into strips as wide as 4 inches to 8 inches. Wrap each strip around the cardboard billet, letting the fabric through the hole inside the cardboard.

4. Evenly spread the winding around the cardboard circles, then cut the fabric between them.

5. Cut off a piece of a satin ribbon and tighten the tulle with it, placing the ribbon between cardboard billets. Secure the ribbon with 2 knots. Remove the cardboard circles.

6. Fluff the pompom.

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