If you've been following HonestlyWTF from the start (nearly a decade ago - gasp!) you'll remember that a tutorial for how to make pom poms was one of the very first DIYs published on this blog. And if you're new here, then hello. My name is Erica and I'm obsessed with pom poms. I'd love to share a moment that even furthered my obsession with these fluffy balls of joy. A few years ago, I quite literally stumbled upon heaven amongst the colorful streets of Sayulita, Mexico, where thousands of the most vibrant strands of pom poms, inspired by traditional Huichol Indian adornments, hang from just about every storefront in town. They're so beautiful it's no wonder they're meant to symbolize good luck. What also made these pom poms so special was the super fine yarn used, which gives them that soft, lightweight texture that can't be achieved with standard woolen yarn. Just think "koosh ball". You can imagine how excited I was to have finally discovered where to buy that exact yarn all these years later. With a newfound admiration for pom poms, I was determined to do something a little different this time around. How about creating floral pom poms?? I love how they turned out and hope you do too. Note that you can totally make these using thicker yarn, it'll just have a different feel and perhaps, you won't be able to fit in as many flowers but they turn out pretty all the same.
Base color: Beige, Middle of Flower: Canary Yellow, Leaves: Flag Green, Petals: Bougainvillea, Coral, Light Salmon, Rose, Light Pink
NOTE: For 10 very dense medium pom poms, I went through 3 skeins of base color (beige). So I would say one skein of base color will get you 3-4 pom poms, depending on how many flowers are in each one. And for 10 medium pom poms, I went through about half of the petal color skeins and about a quarter of the yellow and green skeins.
Out of all the pom pom makers I've tried, Clover's Pom Pom Maker continues to be my all time favorite. I like that it's easy it to use, that produces an even consistency every time and that you can really create dense pom poms. With yarn this thin, you'll want a really solid pom pom - otherwise, it just looks floppy and sad. So, if you haven't used a pom pom maker like this before, know that it's constructed of two parts. When attached, 2 sets of arms will pivot out. The first step is to pull out one set of arms and start wrapping the center of your flowers. I like to create 2 flowers at this layer. So wrap the yellow yarn around the arm around 4-6 times. And then continue a little further down for a few more wraps. Trim the yarn.
Note: I'm using the smaller (light green) of the 2 medium Clover Pom Pom Makers. It's 2.5" in diameter.
Now comes the petals. I like to think of it like breaking it down into three sections. Left, right and center. Wrap your colored yarn to the left side, of the center of the flower, 7-10 times. Then wrap the right side the same amount.
Wrap over the center of the flower with the same amount of yarn. Now that you have even coverage, you can trim the yarn and move onto the 2nd flower with another set of petals in a different color yarn.
Add leaves with about 3-4 wraps to the left and right of each flower.
Continue adding petals. Trim.
Note: Don't worry if you wrap the tails and strays into other colors. They'll all end up falling out in the end.
Cover the entire arm with 2-3 layers of your base color. This should be lighter in color so the contrast between it and the flowers are obvious. Here, I used a beige color but white is also a great option. When your base color is wrapped, add a third flower. You'll notice that there will be a notch between the 1st and 2nd flower. This is where you should place the 3rd flower. And this time, start with the petals.
After wrapping a wide section with the petal color, add the middle of the flower. And then cover with another layer of petals.
If you want, you can add more petals. Here, there was a notch in the far left and far right sides of the arm. So there goes my 4th and 5th flower. Add leaves. And remember, not all flowers need leaves on both sides. You can decide when to add them or leave them out.
Wrap with your base color several times until the entire surface is smooth, even and without any notches. Close the arm. If you want a really dense flower, the folded arm should feel tight. Repeat the same steps on the other set of arms.
With both sets of arms closed, insert scissors into the middle ridge and cut along the entire circle. And watch the magic happen!!! It's important that you use a really heavy duty set of sharp scissors here. You're cutting through lots of yarn and you'll need something very sharp to get through it easily.
To tie off the pom pom, I like to use waxed linen cord. It's nearly impossible to break and because it's coated in wax, it provides an incredibly strong hold when tying. Cut a 12 inch piece and slip the middle between the two sections. Turn the pom pom maker around, pull the cord tight and tie into a knot. Turn the pom pom maker around again and tie into a tight double knot. You want the the cord to be wrapped around the center of the pom pom as tightly as possible. This way, your pom pom won't go falling apart over time.
Open the arms, one at time. Pull the two sections apart.
Give the pom pom a much needed trim. Shake it out, trim, shake it out again, then trim again until you shape it into as perfect of a ball as you can. And remember all those strays? You'll notice that most of them have already fallen out. If not, you can just trim them out. If you want to tie the pom pom onto something, like a garland, you can keep the waxed linen cord in tact.
And that's it!! Be sure to check out the video below to see it all in motion!
images and tutorial by HonestlyWTF