Easy Yarn Pompoms

These are an old favorite of mine! As a child, I used to obsessively trim the pompom in an attempt to make it a perfect sphere. As you might imagine, I never did make a perfect one. I recall trimming it so much that the pompom ended up about the size of a marble with a pile of yarn clippings on the table. Since then, I have learned to embrace being less than perfect and now appreciate the aesthetic of some wonky pompoms. :) Make your very own pompoms as part of your Christmas decor—you choose the color, the type of yarn, and the size. For more fun, try making multi-color poms with 2 or more colors of yarn.

Supplies & Tools:

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Ruler


  1. Cut a piece of yarn that is 7–8″ long.
  2. Hold this piece of yarn in between forefinger and middle finger. (Reserve this piece for later.)
  3. Hold forefinger and middle finger together; they will be your guide as you make the pompom.
    Note: you can use 2, 3, or 4 fingers to vary the size.
  4. Take hold of the yarn from the skein. Begin wrapping yarn around your fingers. I wrapped yarn around 2 fingers about 25 times for small pompoms and about 45 times when wrapped around 3 or 4 fingers.
  5. Cut yarn from the skein.
  6. Use yarn on reserve to gather yarn that is wrapped around your fingers.
  7. Gently tug the yarn off your fingers.
  8. Now firmly tie yarn in a knot to gather all the loops of yarn.
  9. Next cut all the loops of yarn.
  10. The yarn will be many different lengths, so trim the ends so that you have a nice round pompom.

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3 comments on “Easy Yarn Pompoms

  • lucy said:

    That is so pretty

  • Jo said:

    It is so cute and creative for those pompom flowers. It looks so easy that I want to try at home. Love for sharing.

  • Megan said:

    this is really fun. you need more than 7-8 in. of string. i recommend keeping the other end on of the yarn on the ball of yarn. and also doubling the string so its fuzzier

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