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Making Pom Poms



At some point in our lives, we’ve all stumbled upon the art of making pom poms.

Whether it was in primary school or during a lazy Sunday at home, it’s a craft that we can all enjoy.

With just a few materials and some patience, you can make your own fluffy pom poms in no time.

Through this play idea, we’ll show you how to make pom poms step-by-step and provide you with some helpful tips and tricks along the way.






What do I need to play?

Before we start, let’s gather the materials you’ll need for this craft. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yarn: Any type of yarn will do, but for beginners, we recommend a medium-weight yarn in a bright colour so that you can easily see your work.
  • Scissors: A good pair of scissors will make your life a lot easier when it comes to trimming the pom poms.
  • Cardboard: You’ll need some cardboard to make the pom pom templates.
  • Pen or pencil: You’ll use this to trace your pom pom template onto the cardboard.
  • Ruler: To make sure your cardboard template is the right size.

Once you have all of these materials, you’re ready to start!



Setting up the game

The first step in making pom poms is to create your pom pom templates. You can use any cardboard that you have lying around the house, such as cereal boxes or old packaging. Cut the cardboard into two identical circles (you can use a cup or any circular object to trace the circles) and cut a small hole in the middle of each circle.

Next, place the two cardboard circles on top of each other and wrap the yarn around them. You can use any colour you like. The more yarn you wrap, the fuller your pom pom will be. You can wrap the yarn around the cardboard as many times as you like, but we recommend around 50 times for a small pom pom and around 100 times for a larger one.

Once you’re happy with the amount of yarn, tie a knot tightly in the middle of the circles. You’ll notice that the cardboard circles will come apart, leaving you with a ball of yarn with two tails.


Rules of the game

The next step is to trim your pom pom. Using your scissors, cut through the loops of the yarn on both sides of the knot. Make sure to hold onto the tails so that your pom pom doesn’t fall apart. Once you’ve cut all the way around, give your pom pom a good shake to fluff it up.

At this point, you may notice that your pom pom is a bit uneven. Use your scissors to trim any excess yarn until it’s nice and round. Be careful not to trim too much, or you’ll end up with a flat pom pom.


Variations of the game

There are many ways to make variations on the basic pom pom. Here are a few ideas:

  • Use different colours of yarn to create a multicoloured pom pom.
  • Use a fork instead of cardboard to create a mini pom pom.
  • Tie several pom poms together to create a fun garland.


Tips for Success

  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of yarn and colours.
  • If you’re finding it hard to wrap the yarn around the cardboard, try using a larger object to wrap the yarn around.
  • Use sharp scissors to make trimming easier.



Making pom poms is a fun and easy craft that can be enjoyed by all ages. With just a few materials and some simple steps, you can create your own fluffy pom poms in no time. Whether you’re making them to decorate your home or as a gift for a friend, the possibilities are endless. So why not give it a try and see what creative designs you can come up with!