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How to Use a Pom Pom Maker (with Video)

Learn how to use a pom pom maker with this tutorial! Get easy steps to create colorful and fluffy pom poms of all shapes and sizes for your DIY projects and decorations.

Skills Required: None. Even if you’ve never crafted before, you can do this project. You’ll be wrapping yarn on a plastic tool and then trimming.

pom pom projects made with a pom pom maker

Embarking on a crafting journey often leads us down a path filled with glitter, glue, and the ever-mysterious yarn entanglements. Today, we’re unraveling one of the coziest mysteries of the DIY universe: how to use a pom pom maker.

Yes, that delightful little gadget that promises to transform ordinary yarn into spheres of joy. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering, “How do you use a pom pom maker?” you’re not alone.

It’s a question that’s floated through the minds of many craft enthusiasts, right alongside “Is there such a thing as too much glitter?” (Spoiler alert: There isn’t.)

There’s something magical about turning simple materials into something that brings smiles and color into our lives. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good pom pom?

They’re like the confetti of the crafting world—perfect for adorning hats, scarves, home decor, and even making appearances at parties as cheerful garlands.

But to get from a skein of yarn to a fluffy, perfectly round pom pom, there’s a little learning to do.

Enter the plastic pom pom maker, a tool that might seem a bit quirky at first glance but is essentially a wand for the modern-day craft wizard. Gone are the days of cardboard circles and uneven trimming.

This nifty device is here to streamline your pom pom production, turning it into a fun, fuss-free experience. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or someone who’s just starting out, mastering the pom pom maker is a game changer.

In this blog post, we’re diving deep into the heart of pom pom creation. We’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of using a plastic pom pom maker, plus there’s a video in the post that also shows you how to do it.

So, grab your pom pom tool, pick your favorite yarn colors (the brighter, the better!), and let’s embark on this fluffy journey together.

Two skeins of yarn with pom pom makers scissors and needles

By the end of this post, you’ll be a pom pom-making aficionado, ready to sprinkle your world with little balls of happiness. And who knows? You might just find yourself looking for excuses to add pom poms to everything in sight. Let’s get crafting!

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Tips and Thoughts for Making Pom Poms

The amount of yarn you need varies greatly depending on both the size tool you use as well as the weight of the yarn. Visit our yarn weight chart to learn more.

Use medium tension when wrapping the yarn on the arms of the tool. You don’t want the yarn too loose or too tight. Keep it taut, but you don’t need a death grip!

Once you make one pom pom, try experimenting by combining different yarn colors together. That’s how you can make different shapes and patterns.

Yield: 1 pom pom

How to Use a Pom Pom Maker

Hand holding a Clover pom pom maker

Learn how to use a Clover pom pom maker in this easy tutorial! Most plastic pom pom makers work using this same method.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Yarn


  • Pom pom maker
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle


  1. Open one set of the plastic arms of your tool to the right.Opening one of the arms on the tool
  2. Begin wrapping the yarn around the arms of the tool. Hold the yarn down anywhere and start wrapping. Work back and forth across the arms, as evenly as you can.wrapping the yarn around the arms of the pom pom tool
  3. Keep wrapping until you fill the “U” of the plastic arms. Once you’ve wrapped enough yarn, bring it out on the right between the two arms and close the tool.continue wrapping until the arms are full
  4. Turn the tool over and bring the yarn down between the two arms on the right.bring the yarn down between the arms to the right
  5. Wrap the yarn around the two open plastic arms as you did the first time, filling the “U” with yarn.wrap the second set of arms with yarn
  6. Trim the yarn with scissors, leaving a little bit of an end. You can close the tool.trim the yarn and close the tool
  7. With the tool closed, you’re going to cut the yarn on both sides, down the arms. Keep the tool closed so the yarn doesn’t fall out.cutting the yarn in the pom pom tool on both sides
  8. Cut a long length of yarn. Wrap the yarn around the middle of the pom pom maker, through the gap between the two. Tie a knot in your yarn, as tightly to the center as you can without breaking your yarn. Wrap the yarn around again, and tie another knot to secure it.tying off the pom pom by wrapping yarn around the center
  9. Now you can remove the yarn from the tool without it falling apart. Open both arms on both sides, pull the tool apart, and remove the pom pom.remove the pom pom from the tool
  10. Using your scissors, trim the yarn all over the pom to even the surface. You can cut off the tails, or use them to tie the pom pom onto something.trim the pom with scissors


Cost varies greatly for this project depending on the yarn you use and how many pom poms you make. I've been making pom poms with the same tool for years, so my cost is very low for one pom.

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Now that you know how to use a plastic pom pom maker, I’d love for you to let me know your experience in the comments! Please other check out these other crafts that use this tool:

Basic GarlandBasic WreathChristmas GarlandChristmas WreathDIY OwlValentine GarlandWall Hanging

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