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How to Make a Pom Pom Christmas Ornament

DIY pom poms make perfect Christmas ornaments! Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to make a pom pom and turn it into a pretty leather and yarn Christmas pom. They’re lovely for decorating trees, tabletops, gifts, and more.

christmas pom on a tree

DIY Pom Poms

You have to admit, there’s something so charming about DIY pom poms! They’re fluffy, textural, and add a touch of whimsy to your decor.

Another of my favorite things about teaching people how to make pom poms? It’s insanely easy!

It’s so fun to see people get the hang of using a pom pom maker because when they realize how simple it is, they almost get giddy. It’s a little tool that cuts down on crafting time and helps make no-fail results.

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Similar Projects To Try

We mess with pom poms around here, as I’m sure you know. We’ve got a whole archive full of these little suckers!

I rounded up a few other pom pom projects so that you can use your new making skills in a whole bunch of different ways. Be sure to pin your favorites so you can easily find your way back to them!

yarn pom pom on a white christmas tree

Supplies You’ll Need to Make Yarn Pom Poms

This is a perfect DIY project to tackle while you’re watching your favorite movie or hanging out with friends, because only takes a few supplies (and very little focus!).

Here’s a linked list of what you’ll need:

How to Make a Pom Pom

  1. Begin by opening the pom pom maker and wrapping your yarn around both sides.  You can use just one solid color or choose several for each pom and just alternate the colors used when wrapping. If you’re using thick yarn like we did here, be careful not wrap so much that you can’t close the pom pom maker.
  2. Use your scissors to cut the yarn down the middle on each side, between the arms of the pom pom maker.
  3. Cut a 10″ piece of yarn, slip it between the two sides of the pom pom maker, and pull it taut around all the yarn. Tie a double knot around the center of the pom pom maker and open up the pom pom maker to get your pom pom out.
  4. You’ll be left with a scraggly looking pom pom that needs a haircut! Trim up your pom pom to form a nice and neat ball. Repeat steps 1-4 to make as many pom poms as you like.
  5. Next, if you’d like to add a leather hanger like we did, cut a 10″ strip of leather. Fold the leather in half and tie a loop at the halfway point.
  6. Separate the pompom down the middle and nestle the knot of the loop down into the yarn. Then pull the two loose ends of the leather around the sides of the pompom, moving the yarn out of the way as you go.
  7. Tie the two loose ends under the pom pom, creating a taut double knot. Trim any excess and fluff up the pom pom to hide the leather strings.
how to make a pom pom
how to make a pom pom
how to make a pom pom

Tips for Using a Pom Pom Maker

Just a few tips if its your first time using a pom pom maker!

  • Before you begin, loosen up the arms and pull apart the two sides of the body a few times to soften all the joints. This also helps you understand more how the tool works.
  • Pom pom makers come in a variety of sizes, from teeny to extra large! Experiment with the size you need or like while you’re learning how to make a pom pom.
  • If you use a thinner or lighter weight yarn, you’ll need to wrap it more times around the arms of the maker. For thicker or heavier yarns, you’ll find that you won’t have as much space to wrap. Don’t overload the arms; this can cause the two sides of the maker to pull apart and you’ll be left with a tangly mess.
  • When you’re snipping the yarn between the two arms, I find that it’s best done with nice sharp scissors.
how to make a pom pom
how to make a pom pom
how to make a pom pom
how to make a pom pom
how to make a pom pom
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Holiday Decor Ideas that Go Perfectly with Christmas Poms

Don’t you just love this project! I think they look charming on a tree but could also be placed in a bowl for a festive centerpiece or even strung onto a garland and hung on the mantel.

You could even use them like this to decorate your homemade Christmas stockings!

Here are a few other holiday decor ideas that would look super cute with your DIY pom poms:

If you try and love this DIY, I’d love for you to rate it below. Have fun! xoxo

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christmas pom poms on a tree
christmas pom on a tree

How to Make a Pom Pom Christmas Ornament

Yield: Pom Pom Christmas Ornaments
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

DIY pom poms make perfect Christmas ornaments! Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to make a pom pom and turn it into a pretty leather and yarn Christmas pom. They're lovely for decorating trees, tabletops, gifts, and more.

Materials

  • pom pom maker
  • yarn
  • leather cord

Tools

  • scissors

Instructions

christmas pom on a tree

  1. Begin by opening the pom pom maker and wrapping your yarn around both sides.  You can use just one solid color or choose several for each pom and just alternate the colors used when wrapping. If you're using thick yarn like we did here, be careful not wrap so much that you can't close the pom pom maker.
  2. Use your scissors to cut the yarn down the middle on each side, between the arms of the pom pom maker.
  3. Cut a 10″ piece of yarn, slip it between the two sides of the pom pom maker, and pull it taut around all the yarn. Tie a double knot around the center of the pom pom maker and open up the pom pom maker to get your pom pom out.
  4. You'll be left with a scraggly looking pom pom that needs a haircut! Trim up your pom pom to form a nice and neat ball. Repeat steps 1-4 to make as many pom poms as you like.
  5. Next, if you'd like to add a leather hanger like we did, cut a 10" strip of leather. Fold the leather in half and tie a loop at the halfway point.
  6. Separate the pompom down the middle and nestle the knot of the loop down into the yarn. Then pull the two loose ends of the leather around the sides of the pompom, moving the yarn out of the way as you go.
  7. Tie the two loose ends under the pom pom, creating a taut double knot. Trim any excess and fluff up the pom pom to hide the leather strings.

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