Monday, April 18, 2011

DIY: Pom Pom Flowers

Since winter, the glass jars on my mantle have held some white glittery berries and branches, and now that it's warming up outside they looked really out of place. I saw a post somewhere online about making pom pom flowers and have been meaning to make them ever since. This weekend I finally had the time, so I made them today and included photos so you can see how I did it.

My living room walls are a pretty bright pear color, so I chose a summery orange and offset it with white. I might add some other colors in eventually but wanted to start simple. In case I was inept at making these, I didn't need five pounds of yarn laying around :)

First, wrap the yarn (loosely—don't cut off your circulation!) around two fingers for a medium 2" pom pom. Three fingers will give you a larger pom pom, and one finger makes a smaller pom pom.

Keep wrapping. For a two-finger pom pom, I wrapped the yarn about 60-70 times; 50 for a small; and 80-100 for a large. It's really up to you—the more you wrap, the fluffier the pom will be.

Carefully pull the yarn from your fingers and set it down. Cut a 4-6" length of yarn from the spool and lay it flat on the table; place the wrapped yarn on top in the center.

Wrap the string around the bundle and tie it as tightly as you can—this is key. Double knot it to secure it, and trim the excess of the strand.

With a pair of fabric shears (or sharp scissors) snip the loops along the edges; go all the way around to cut all the loops.

Fluff the pom pom to fill any gaps. The edges will be shaggy—you can leave them as is, or trim them like I did to make a cleaner shape.

To make the stem, I used dowel rods and wrapped them in the same color yarn as the flower. You can really use whatever you want for the stem—a stick from outside, some thick wire, etc. I used double-sided tape at the both ends of the rod to secure the yarn. I trimmed them into all different sizes, as the jars I have are different heights.

Use a hot glue gun to glue the pom onto the stem; I put a wad of glue on the stem and stuck the pom on wherever there was a sparse area that I didn't want showing.

Repeat as needed, and you're done. You get a cheery bouquet that never dies or needs water! The poms alone would also make great gift toppers or look cute all strung together in a happy banner. Now that I know how to make them I'm hoping to try some other variations.


  1. very very cute ^_^ x


  2. These are lovely!- perfect to do in school :)

  3. lovely!!!!
    beautiful post honey =D

  4. These are so cute! Great tutorial! We were thinking of making something similar to this for our wedding and these are great directions :)


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