Since it’s a hot summer day here in Maine, I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about pom-poms! Making pom-poms may seem more like a winter activity, but actually summertime is the perfect time. They’re small, fun to make, and you get to still play around with wool without having it sit on your lap. Plus it’s a great way to use up stash yarn – make a bunch now and you can use them for your winter knits, home decor or attach them to holiday presents in a few months. In this blog post I’ll give you some ideas for what to do with pom-poms (they’re not just for hats!), and how I make a perfectly-shaped pom-pom using the Clover pom-pom marker.
What can you do with pom-poms?
Pom-poms aren’t just for hats! They are lots of decorative uses for them too – below are a few ideas for you!
Pom-pom bowl decor:
I made this pom-pom bowl last year and it sits on the table in my office. Not only does it look really cute, I have found the pom-poms make great stress balls too, so it’s perfect for office decor!
Pom-pom bin or basket:
I thought this was such a fun way to add a little character to a plain cloth bin – and, you can make it yourself! You can sew on a bunch of pom-poms like you see above, or just add a couple!
Pom-pom flower bouquet:
Here’s another unique idea I saw online – how cute is this pom-pom flower bouquet? This could be a fun project this winter to add a little pop of color in your home.
Pom-pom vase decor:
I saw the above vase with pom-poms at Target once and thought – wait, I can just make that! Again, just a fun way to add a little pop of color and fiber-love to everyday home decor.
Gift Wrapping Accessory:
Adding some pom-poms to your gift wrapping adds such a creative little touch – plus it means your recipient also gets to keep the pom-poms for their own projects or decor!
How to make a pom-pom with a Clover pom-pom maker:
I’ve tried a lot of different methods for making pom-poms and personally I have had the most luck with the Clover pom-pom maker – you can find them at your local yarn shop or craft store and they come in lots of different sizes. I just could never make my pom-poms thick and fluffy (or consistent) when I would try them by-hand (although I know some people are great at it!). For me, I needed a little assistance and this pom-pom maker was just the trick…
If you’ve had trouble making pom-poms using other methods as well, I would give this a try! I have learned through trial and error a few techniques on how best to use these makers, so I’ve put together the video below that walks you through exactly how I make mine – I hope you find it helpful! You can also refer to this photo tutorial I did a few years back (if you prefer photos over videos).