Birdie has a bit of a Thang for pom poms. When she discovered she could make her own the obsessions began – as you can see by the large collection of poms hanging in the photo! Large poms mean more “Swingability” from my daughter’s point of view, but any size pom pom will add some style and pride to your kiddo’s look for the day. My 3 year old loves making these. You’ll want to help with some of the cutting and the final knots that hold the poms together. But once kids get the hang of wrapping the yarn, they’ll do most of the work on their own. It’s a great craft for their hand/eye coordination and concentration.
- Thick yarn, we used Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Thick & Quick
- Second color of yarn, cord, or string for the “chain” that ties around your neck. We used other yarn scraps, and nylon cording from the craft store.
- Pom Pom Maker, we used the Clover Large Pom Pom Maker which is easier to wrap for smaller kids. Older kids could also use a homemade cardboard pom pom maker like this pom pom tutorial from Stelabird.
- Sharp scissors
Wrap yarn around the pom pom maker. For smaller kids, help them get the yarn started/secured, then let them wrap the yarn and cut the ends when finished. The more yarn you wrap, the fluffier the pom pom – wrap more yarn than you think you’ll need!
Cut the yarn along the edges of the circle to create the pom pom fringe. Kids can help or do this on their own, depending on their age.
Using your necklace cord, tie the pom pom off – but keep the extra-long tails. Help your child ensure the cord is tied very tightly, or pom pom fringe will be falling out all over the house!
This is a super-easy craft, and I’d love to see how you’d make it your own – share your ideas in the comments!