Last year, my daughter came home from school with a bunch of little pom pom people she had made. They lived in our Christmas tree and looked adorable. This year’s bunch look a little ragged, like they stayed up too late, and that’s what I love about them. They’re incredibly easy to make, and a fun way for young children to contribute to your holiday decor. Perfect pom poms be gone!
- googly eyes
- pom poms
- glue gun
- thread for hanging
Wrap yarn around your fingers until you’ve got a nice thick amount; anywhere from 100-200 times is good. The more yarn you use, the fuller the pompom, so be generous with the number of times you go around. Also, the more fingers you use, the larger the pom pom. After some experimenting, we found that a two finger width worked well. And remember, don’t wrap the yarn too tightly or it will be difficult to remove.
Once you’ve gone around enough times, carefully remove from your fingers.
Cut in half.
Cut a piece of yarn or decorative thread and tie a knot around the centre.
You’ll be able to use this to hang the pom pom in a tree, so make sure it’s long enough to make a loop with a knot. These little guys can also be perched on a branch if you prefer.
Fluff up the ball, and trim the ends if necessary.
We were aiming for a ragged, dishevelled look, but if you prefer something a little more precise, it’s best to use cardboard instead of fingers, and Martha’s got a great tutorial for that.
Finally, use a glue gun to add googly eyes and a pom pom nose.