Craft Tutorial: Make Pom Poms with a Fork
How do you make pom poms? I usually use pom pom makers by Clover; the size goes from 20mm (pretty small) up to 85mm (pretty big), and I cannot make patterned pom poms without them. But… yes, but, I was making pom poms for my next project, and realised that even the smallest pom pom maker was too big! So, here comes today’s tutorial :)
First of all, these are the pom pom makers by Clover (you can get them from craft shops or Amazon UK / USA). They come in handy if you want to make patterned (stripy, floral and so on) pom poms.
I made the blue pom pom using the smallest (20mm) maker, but I needed smaller pom poms, so decided to trim further. The yellow and the red ones are about 16mm in diameter. Sure, you can trim pom poms to make them smaller, but you waste quite a lot of yarns this way… And although pom pom makers are useful, the smaller ones are very fiddly! So, are you ready to give fork a go?
- fork (with 4 prongs)
1) Wrap the yarn tightly around the fork.
2) Cut a small piece of yarn (about 10cm will do), thread it through the middle prongs and tie it around the yarn.
*I’m using grey yarn for the tutorial, but please use neutral coloured yarn for your pom poms!
3) Make a double knot, and…
4) pull the string to gather the yarn.
5) Take the yarn off the fork, and pull the string tighter.
6) Cut all the loops.
And now your pom pom will look like this. It looks like a sea urchin, but don’t worry :)
7) Trim it until it’s round (doesn’t have to be perfectly round, yet).
8) Roll it between your fingers several times.
This makes the yarns to ‘stand up’, so you won’t miss odd bits of long yarns.
9) Repeat step 7 and 8 until the pom pom is round, and you’re done!
It is so much quicker to make pom poms this way than using pom pom makers. It took me about 3 hours to make 50 pom pom babies, all the while watching the TV. Now that I have enough pom poms, I can’t wait to get on with my next project!