May 14, 2012

Pom Pom Yarn Balls

I’m in love with these pom poms! Save all those scraps of yarn – you can make these large or small with tons of different colors. I always thought I needed to buy a gadget to make them, but just found out (thank you internet!) that’s not true.
1. I used a square of matte board that was about 4" wide to make about a 2" ball. Wind yarn around it as shown in diagram 1.
2. Continue winding with either the same color or other yarn until it is a fairly thick band as shown in diagram 2. Bend the matte board to slide the yarn off the board.
3. Cut a long yarn for the string, place on a table, and center the band of yarn on top as in diagram 3.
4. Tie a knot that is very tight, and knot again. Cut all the loops as shown in diagram 4.
5. Give the yarn ball a fairly generous “haircut” to shape the ball. Then, use it to decorate whatever you want – or use as a really killer cat toy!

19 comments:

Penny said...

Good idea, thanks for sharing!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is so useful, thanks tons for sharing. I'll be linking.

The Organic Nest said...

So cute! We love all your great ideas. It really helps homeschool mom's like me who struggle in the area of art! Thanks for you faithfulness to post. You're a blessing :) ~Jenny

Laura Zarrin said...

Thank you for posting this. I was just wondering how to make this today. I'm surprised it's so simple!

Team Plumley said...

I'll have to do this with my Sewing Club - they will love it!

sandyatyourservice said...

What a great site! Have a safe and very Happy New Year!

~Sandy G.
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Patty P said...

Always wanted to know how to make these! Just discovered your blog...it's great. Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca in TX said...

I remember making these when I was a kid! Fun!

Soon, Then said...

ooh love this idea for a cat toy! Mine will go nuts!

Charlene said...

Last year, I had my 3rd graders transform their pom pom into crazy creatures with googly eyes and pipe cleaner arms and legs. They were thrilled with them, but how do you keep them from unraveling. A few kids told me that it fell apart, but this could have been from misuse.

2 Soul Sisters said...

Hey- I love your blog! Lots of great ideas here. I added you to our blog roll list over at
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com
I am excited about some of the lessons that I have found here! Thanks....Kim

Kathy Barbro said...

Good call Charlene. It happened with some of my kids too. In order to get a good, tight bundle, after wrapping the yarn, another pair of hands holding the bundle in place while tying it off will ensure a stronger hold.

Ryan, Lindsay, Kai, Andrew, Cali, and Hobbs said...

Thanks for the instructions. I am going to have my kids at school make these into bookmarks!!

Anonymous said...

You can also use these for PE activiites, catching throwing, a game called clean your room or doctor doctor.

canvas art said...

Thanks for the great idea!

Anonymous said...

Wow this was a very useful website!! I made little puff balls from this site and they turned out awesome!! I call them little Pygmy Puffs from Harry Potter. All my friends are going to love them once I go to school tomorrow!! Thanks alot!!!

Anonymous said...

There's another way to do it but its a great idea. I love these pom poms (I'm gonna hang them on my Christmas tree)!

Callie Fritchen said...

You are a life saver! Thank you so much for posting these directions. We live in Wisconsin and are facing a blizzard tonight, my cousin lives in Arkansas and has two little boys who have never seen a real snow storm. So to share our love of snow ball fights we bought a ton of white yarn and tomorrow during our Snow Day we are making a bucket full of these beauties to ship down home.

misty sellars said...

This is so much easier than using the to donut shaped pieces of cardboard to wrap the yarn around. My son and I made yarn dodge balls using a 5 inch piece of cardboard and wrapping the yarn around it about 300 times.