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DIY Pom-Pom Decorations (Video & Step-by-Step!)

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I’m super excited to bring you our very first video tutorial! I get a little nervous in front of a camera, but it actually turned out to be great fun and I’m pretty pleased with the result. I can’t remember where I learned how to make these fluffy pom-poms but I’m almost positive it was an old episode of Martha Stewart. Of course, mine will never be as perfect and high-quality as hers, but they’re fun to make regardless and there’s lots of room for experimentation! I’ve made them for all sorts of decorations and occasions, but I think my favorite way to use them is for winter-themed crafts. These look great tied onto the ends of a scarf or you could even make a whole bunch as a nice tree garland!

I made a giant one out of our Kaleidoscopic yarn for the purposes of this video, so I jabbed a bobby pin through it and it turned into a nice little hair accessory.

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(I promise it’s a coincidence that my shirt matches the pom-pom!)

Here’s the step-by-step for a decorative pom-pom.

11. Take a piece of cardboard and cut it into a rectangle. The smaller your cardboard piece is, the smaller and fluffier your pom-pom will be! The one I’m making here is GIANT so you can see what I’m doing, but I think the ideal size would be about half this. Make a cut on both short sides and stick your string through, stretching it lengthwise along the cardboard piece and leaving a long piece on the end. You’ll use this to tie it together later.

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2.  Flip it over and start winding your yarn around the short side of the cardboard. The more you wind, the fluffier it will be! I think I wound mine about 100-150 times but I could definitely have done more to increase the volume, especially for the size that I made. I liked the effect that I got using the Kaleidoscopic yarn for this because of the color gradient, so you get a few different colors in one puffball!

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3. Slide the whole mess off of your cardboard, making sure to untuck the string from the slits that we cut in step 1.

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4. Tie the two ends (the ones that were tucked in the cardboard slits) together very tightly. As you pull, the yarn makes a sort of little round disc shape. Knot the two ends together a few times for security and leave the ends long if you’re planning to tie the pom-pom onto anything.

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5. Stick your scissors into the middle of the loops so that you’re cutting each loop in half. Make sure to get all of them!

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6. You’ll get a big, fluffy mess of a pom-pom! Give it a haircut so that it looks a little more lively and even. This is about where I realized that I should have wound up some more yarn around the cardboard so I would have had more volume! Oh well.

To make it into a hairpin, I seriously just stuck a long bobby pin through the middle of the pom-pom. Super easy! I bet you could try to hot glue it to a sturdier, wider hair pin if you want a nice and neat hair accessory for a gift.

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Hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! We have a bunch of other really cool craft tutorials in the works for our YouTube channel that I’m really excited to share with you. See you soon!


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