How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Stitches n Scraps How to make a pom pom without cardboardPosted on August 27, 2015 by Pia Thadani October 13, 2020

You’ve probably seen those round pom pom makers that come in sets of various sizes. You may even have seen tutorials for making your own pom pom makers out of cardboard. These are all perfectly great ways to make pom poms, but the truth is, in a pinch, you don’t really need them. Just about anything that you can wrap yarn around can become a pom pom maker.

The key is it has to be something that will hold the yarn without slipping off. Square or rectangular objects tend to work well. The wider the object, the longer the strands of the pom pom will be, so try to find something fairly narrow. For this tutorial, I’ve grabbed the first small, rectangular thing I saw in my office – an old used up gift card.

Once you have chosen your object, hold the end of the yarn against it, and start wrapping. You can let go once the end is secure. Keep wrapping the yarn until you have as much as you want. The more you wrap, the fuller your pom pom will be.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

When you’re done wrapping, thread a long piece of the same yarn underneath all the wraps. This can be done with a hook or yarn needle, or even with your fingers if your wraps are loose enough or your object is a bit flexible.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Tie a knot with this yarn as tightly as you can. I like to thread each end back under again, then tie another knot just to be sure it’s secure and tight.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Now flip your object over, and cut through the wraps, directly opposite your knot.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Trim the ends of your pom pom as desired, and there you have it! A perfect pom pom with no special tools. I like to leave at least one of the long ends of the center tie intact, to use for attaching the pom pom to whatever it’s going to get attached to.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

I said rectangular pieces work well, but the truth is you can use almost anything as long as it’s a relatively even width and close to the size you want. I’ve used remote controls (be careful not to cut the buttons!), random pieces of cardboard, small notebooks, my crochet hook case, and all manner of tins and boxes (small mint tins are perfect!). You can even wrap the yarn around two of your fingers as long as you’re still able to tie the knot. I think the craziest thing I ever used was a pair of chopsticks – but it worked!

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Fancy pom pom makers do have their place, they easily make nice round pom poms with limited trimming. Here’s a popular Clover set at Michaels. If you’re ever stuck without one though, you probably have several items close at hand that you can use instead!

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Nice. I needed to hear this. Better get started on my project rather than waiting for enough money to buy them fancy pompom makers…which by the way will take almost a month to arrive. Thanks.

You’re welcome! I have to admit, I have a bunch of fancy pom pom makers, I just never use them because they’re never near me when I want them (and I can be really lazy sometimes lol)

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Making your own pom poms for your craft and DIY projects is a breeze! Classic pom pom DIYs are done with a piece of cardboard, but that method doesn’t work for everyone. If you’d like to make your pom poms a different way, you can create large ones with just your fingers or small ones with the prongs of a fork. In just a few minutes, you can make the personalized pom poms of your dreams!

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  1. Hold up 4 fingers. You won’t need your thumb to make your pom pom, so just hold your hand out like you’re counting to 4. This will be the width of your pom pom, so you can expect one as big as your fingers are wide. [1]

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

  • Your final pom pom will be about as big as the palm of your hand.
  • You can use heavy yarn, light yarn, or even wool yarn. It’s up to you!
  • For a super cute pom pom, try using yarn that switches colors (also called variegated yarn).
  • The thickness of your pom pom is totally up to you, so keep winding until it feels right.
  • If the angle is too difficult, ask a friend for help.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

  • If you think your pom pom will hold, you can delicately slide it off your hand and set it down as you cut out your second piece of yarn.
  • This is what will hold your pom pom together and give it its classic round shape.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

  • The finished look is totally up to you, so don’t stop snipping until you’re happy.

[ Edit ] Fork

  1. Wrap one end of yarn around the prongs of a fork. Hold your fork in one hand so that the prongs face upwards, then start looping the end of your yarn around the bottom prongs. Keep your yarn attached to the ball for now so it’s easier to keep wrapping. [9]

How to make a pom pom without cardboard
To create a pom-pom without special tools, we will create our own pom-pom template which consists of 2 pieces of cardboard in a C-shape.

Use items available around the house like delivery boxes, soup cans, marker, and scissors to create a template. If none of those are available, free-hand drawing by cutting a rough square and rounding the edges until it’s a circle also works. Here are a some projects to use your new pom-pom skills on!

Materials:
2 Pieces Cardboard
2 Round Objects for Tracing
Scissors, Marker

Create Template
The 2 pieces of cardboard will need to be large enough for your desired pom-pom size.

For the round objects, I used a ceramic cover and a small jar top. But a bowl, coffee can, soup can, a juice jug top, cup etc will work. You will need one large and one small circle. The large circle is the most important. You can free-hand the inner circle as best as possible, if necessary.

Create a donut shape by tracing the large circle and then a smaller inner circle. Make sure the inner circle is as centered as possible. Cut along the lines to create the donut.

Create 2 donut templates. Then place them together, line them up, and cut a notch in the side to create a C-shape. Make it big enough to thread the yarn through comfortably.

Wrap the Yarn
Holding the two templates together, thread yarn through, and begin wrapping all the way around the template, keeping the tension as consistent as possible. No need to wrap tightly, just snuggly.

Wrap around once, to cover the template completely, then wrap around again to create bulk.

I did this a total of 3 times.

Cut and Trim Yarn
When desired bulk is reached, knot loose ends together if desired, then wedge scissor tip between cardboard, and carefully cut along outer edge of donut.

Thread a long piece of yarn ( about 12″) between cardboard, cinch, then knot tightly using triple knot.

Remove cardboard, fluff, and carefully trim until pom-pom is smooth and plush! There will be a lot of trimming involved to get a neat pom-pom!

Pom pom makers are great tools for your notions bag, but not always practical to tote around. If you find yourself in need of a pom pom, but without a maker, you can easily use two pieces of cardboard to create a hat-topping fluff ball.

In our March 2019 KnitStitch kits, we included an oversized postcard guide and tutorial for anyone wanting to learn a new skill and add a pom pom to the hat project we included in the kits.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Note: if you are new to cardboard maker pom poms or pom poms in general, we suggest making one or two practice poms with scrap yarn. This will help you work out any kinks of the process without wasting the yarn chosen for your pom pom . Trust us when we say it’s easy to over trim a pom pom 🙂

How To Make a Pom Pom With Two Pieces of Cardboard

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Using heavy card stock or cardboard, cut two circulars discs with a “keyhole” type opening and center.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

With a strong, contrasting length of yarn, rest it on the pom pom disc roughly where the magenta guideline is shown in the pictures above. You will want this “Tie Line” to remain in placed, sandwiched between the two discs, throughout the entire making process.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Allow the the Tie Line’s ends to extend about 2″ from the disc. You will use the Tie Line to cinch your pom pom together and secure all the strings in place.

With a strong, contrasting length of yarn, rest it on the pom pom disc roughly were the magenta guideline is shown in the pictures above. You will want this piece of “Tie Line” to remain in place, sandwiched between the two discs, throughout the entire making process. Allow the Tie Line’s ends to extend about 2″ from the disc. You will use the Tie Line to cinch your pom pom together and secure all the strings in place.

Being wrapping the your sandwiched discs evenly with your working yarn. The more yarn you wrap your discs with, the fuller your pom pom will be. Note: it may be easier wrap your maker if you allow your Tie Line to get loosely wrapped up in your pom pom wraps. You can pull them out at the end.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Once your discs have been fully wrapped, cut your working yarn and wiggle your Tie Line ends free of the wraps.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Loosely tie your Tie Line ends together so that your pom pom is cinched together. You will have to pull this tighter later, so do not tie a tight knot.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Using sharp scissors, cut around the circumference of the pom pom maker, guiding your scissors between the two discs. Important note: hold your wraps tightly in the middle of your maker while you cut around it. This will ensure your pom pom doesn’t fall apart.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

While you’re working, you can take a break from cutting to cinch your work a bit tighter. But continue to hold the loose pieces in place while you continue cutting the pom pom.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Once you have cut your pom pom completely, tie your Tie Line tightly, securing all the lengths of yarn in place.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Wiggle your pom pom free of the cardboard discs.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

If your pom pom doesn’t feel secure enough, carefully find the center and secure the pom pom with another length of yarn.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Trim your pom pom to desired look, being careful not to trim the Tie Line(s), which you can use to secure your pom pom to your hat.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

i’ve always known the “make a pom pom with your fingers” trick,
but my pom poms always came out way too scraggly.
maybe i just do them wrong.

well when i was working on my big pom baby beanie,
i looked to see if there was a different method,
but all i could find were tutorials using pom pom maker.
that’s when i figured out how to make a pom pom maker from some cardboard!
quick? cheap? easy? sounds like my kind of project :]

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

– two pieces of cardboard
– a circular object to trace about as big as you want your pom pom to be
– scissors, pen
– yarn!

how to make your pom pom

– trace a circle onto each piece of cardboard, including a smaller circle inside.

– cut them out, adding a slice on one side of the circle, and hold the two circles together.

– wrap your yarn all over your cardboard!
the more layers you cover the cardboard with, the more dense your pom pom will be.
try experimenting to see how your different pom poms turn out.
an additional tip, don’t wrap too tightly or it will make the next step a little difficult.

– starting at one of the slit ends of the circle,
slide your scissors in between the two cardboard circle layers
and cut through all the yarn wrapped around the top.
you will want to hold the middle area of the circle tightly
while you do this so you don’t lose any yarn.

– once the yarn is all cut, slide a piece of yarn a couple inches long
in between the cardboard layers and tie as tightly as you can!
if it’s not tight enough you might lose bits of your pom pom over time.

– give your pom pom a little haircut if there are any uneven spots.
just make sure not to get too carried away, or you might end up with
a much smaller pom pom than you were planning on!

– either cut the ends of the string you tied,
or use those ends to attach your pom pom to your project, like the top of a hat.

now go make yourself a million little pom pom friends!

i don’t know why, but when i was doing this tutorial,
these little pom poms were making me so happy, haha!
i ended up making quite a few more than i was planning on.
now to find something to do with them all.

Pom poms are an easy craft to make. All you need is wool, cardboard and scissors. We've even included a pom pom disc template for small and large pom poms. And if you pop on some googly eyes your kids will have a brand new toy!

What you need

  • A ball of coloured wool (the brighter the better)
  • Cardboard
  • Sharp scissors
  • 1 x egg cup from an egg carton

Activity

Use our pom pom disc template printable to trace two small pom pom discs on of your cardboard.

Cut out the discs and put them two together.

Wind your wool around the discs from the centre to the outer edge.

Keep going around and around until you’ve covered the disc surface entirely.

The process is easier if you’re working with a shorter length of wool, as a smaller balled up amount is easier to wind around the disc.

If you run out of wool, simply grab some more, tie the ends together, and continue where you left off.

Now you will need to cut the wool in between the cardboard, at the outer edge of the disc. Only snip a bit at a time, holding it together with your other hand, until you have cut all the way around.

Now, get your ball of wool, cut off a piece about 30cm long. Use that to tie off the pom pom by pulling the string between the two cardboard discs and then tightening it around the centre. Tie your pom pom up tightly.

Now you can slide the two discs off.

Fluff up your pom pom so it’s nice and round.

Voila! A gorgeous, wool pom pom.

TIP: Try mixing different coloured wool for a cute multicoloured pom pom. And if you stick on some googly eyes, your pom pom turns into a toy.

How to use a pom pom maker made from cardboard. And the inspiration to keep going even when your pom pom is flat and looks like a deflated balloon.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Pom poms are making a resurgence. They are on top of knit caps, dangling from key chains, and I waiting to see pom pom earrings.

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I’ve made several bad pom poms, but I finally found a way to make a perfect pom pom. My pom pom maker is a piece of cardboard. There are several pom pom makers on Amazon.

This project is how to use a pom pom maker using a piece of cardboard.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

The supplies

A piece of cardboard. Mine is 4 inches by 10 inches.
Scissors
Yarn, I’m using a thick yarn. It’s some I had leftover from this shaggy ottoman.
Something to help draw a circle about 3 1/2 inches across.
A small screwdriver or something to make a hole in the cardboard.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Instructions

Wrap yarn around the 4-inch side. I counted 34 times around.

Next, cut a piece of yarn about 12 inches long. Thread one end under the yarn on one side of the cardboard.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Then flip the cardboard over the thread the other end under the yarn on that side. Then slide the yarn off the cardboard.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

And tie the 12-inch yarn in a knot in the middle of the yarn loops.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Make a double knot and tie t

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Now, grab the scissors and start cutting the loops. You will have a flat pom pom. But not to worry…

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Cut two 3 1/2 inch cardboard circles and make a mark in the center.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Next, push the small screwdriver into the center hole. The hole needs to be large enough for the yarn to thread through. Since my yarn is thick, I used the screwdriver and made circles around the edge to enlarge.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

This part is important and I cut one of mine.

Now thread one end of that 12-inch piece through one circle and the other thread through the second circle.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Gather the two threads and hold in place to avoid cutting them while holding the two circles…well, like an ice cream sandwich.

The cardboard is the cookies and yarn is the ice cream.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

And you notice the ice cream is dripping out from between the cookies. So, cut away the ice cream, or yarn, up to the cardboard, spinning and cutting all the way around.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Remove the cardboard…and you notice the pom pom isn’t perfect yet. Give the pom pom a shake and rethread the ends.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

This is the “rinse and repeat” steps.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Continue cutting the extra threads, removing the cardboard, giving it a shake, rethreading etc.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

Until your pom pom maker makes a perfect round pom.

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Making your own pom poms for your craft and DIY projects is a breeze! Classic pom pom DIYs are done with a piece of cardboard, but that method doesn’t work for everyone. If you’d like to make your pom poms a different way, you can create large ones with just your fingers or small ones with the prongs of a fork. In just a few minutes, you can make the personalized pom poms of your dreams!

[ Edit ] Steps

[ Edit ] Hand

  1. Hold up 4 fingers. You won’t need your thumb to make your pom pom, so just hold your hand out like you’re counting to 4. This will be the width of your pom pom, so you can expect one as big as your fingers are wide. [1]

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

  • Your final pom pom will be about as big as the palm of your hand.
  • You can use heavy yarn, light yarn, or even wool yarn. It’s up to you!
  • For a super cute pom pom, try using yarn that switches colors (also called variegated yarn).
  • The thickness of your pom pom is totally up to you, so keep winding until it feels right.
  • If the angle is too difficult, ask a friend for help.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

  • If you think your pom pom will hold, you can delicately slide it off your hand and set it down as you cut out your second piece of yarn.
  • This is what will hold your pom pom together and give it its classic round shape.

How to make a pom pom without cardboard

  • The finished look is totally up to you, so don’t stop snipping until you’re happy.

[ Edit ] Fork

  1. Wrap one end of yarn around the prongs of a fork. Hold your fork in one hand so that the prongs face upwards, then start looping the end of your yarn around the bottom prongs. Keep your yarn attached to the ball for now so it’s easier to keep wrapping. [9]

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