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101 Days of Christmas: Yarn Pompoms

How to Make Yarn Pompoms {101 Days of Christmas at}

Pompoms can be used for a variety of projects, and there’s no better time to make them than during the Christmas season!

They’re actually really simple and easy, and once you know how, you’ll be able to make them in any size or color. Add pompoms to Christmas gifts in place of bows, hang them on the tree with your ornament, attach them to the top of a knit hat or the ends of a scarf…the sky is the limit.

How to Make Yarn Pompoms {101 Days of Christmas at}


  • yarn
  • thin cardboard
  • scissors
  • thread (optional)


Cut a piece of cardboard to size. The width doesn’t matter, but the length determines the size of your pompom. Fold in half lengthwise.

Begin wrapping your yarn around your folded cardboard. The more you wrap, the fluffier your pompom will be, and when you think you’re done, you probably need to keep going, especially if you want a pompom that holds its shape!

Slide a piece of yarn between the cardboard pieces (you could do this ahead of time, but I never, ever remember until this step). Use this strand to tie a knot as tightly as you can around the strands of yarn (at the open end of the cardboard). If you’re using very thick yarn or your pompom will be heavily handled (like on a scarf or hat), you may want to grab a piece of thread for this step just to ensure you are able to tighten it enough to keep the yarn in the pompom secure.

Cut through the cardboard fold and all of the strands of yarn at the same time. Do your best to cut them all at once and as straight as possible so that your pompom is even.

Trim the edges of your pompom as needed.


  • Use two pieces of yarn at the same time for a multicolor pompom.

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