The Attack Of The Giant Pom Poms

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor



Have you ever wondered how to make pom poms?

I mean, you’ve seen them all over Pinterest lately in all sort of home decor and craft projects. And you probably had some on your ice skates when you were a kid. But do you remember exactly how to make them?

Well you’re in luck, because I’m going to refresh your memory and show you how I made these awesome hunks of fluffy pom pom aqua-ness.

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor

For some reason the whole how-to-figure-out-the-circumference thing was totally lost in my pre-menopausal brain and they came out a little bigger than I had envisioned.

They remind me of those old-school mop heads.

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor

You know, for those times when the ice is a little too wet and you don’t have a zamboni around.

Directions for the pom pom challenged:

I haven’t made pom poms since I was about ten years old, so in case any of you are of the pre-menopausal variety too and can’t remember back that far, this is how I made mine.

You will need yarn, scissors and something to wrap the yarn around.

I used a standard business size envelope that happened to be sitting on my desk (it’s never been opened, so it’s a little stiffer than just an empty envelope). You could also use a large fork, a piece of cardboard or your hand to wind the yarn around.

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor

Start by winding the yarn around your item.

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor

And then wind some more.

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor

Until you are totally sick and tired of winding yarn.

I wound my yarn 100 times around the envelope (going from one point in front clear around to the same point in front – counting as 1 time).

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor

This is where my tutorial gets a little confusing, so bear with me. Pre-menopausal, you know.

I took another piece of yarn and ran it under the yarn on the one side and then gathered all the pieces of yarn on that side together and tied a knot. I then took another length of yarn and gathered all of the pieces of yarn on the other side together and tied a knot.

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor

Then slid the yarn off the envelope and wound yet another piece of yarn around both gathers to bring both gathered sides together.

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor

You’re going to end up with two sets of loops – one on the right and one on the left, with the middle tied together. Then you just cut the loops.

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor

Do a little fluffing and you have some giant pom poms. My envelope was roughly 4″ wide and the pom poms came out to be 4″ wide. Who knew?

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor

So if you want your pom poms a little more of a normal size and are not going to be mopping anything with them, you should probably use something about 3″ wide to wind it around.

If you are making them for skates, you will need two blue balls (hee hee).

Fun and easy DIY pom pom tutorial for ice skates and home decor

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Comments

  1. says

    Oh-aren’t those cute? They turned out really great, Pam! Do you remember when kids used to wear them on roller skates? I had completely forgotten about them. My grands all skate-it might be fun to make some for them. xo Diana

  2. says

    Pam-
    Your turquoise puffs are the puffiest in the world! Love the intensity of the color…good job pulling it all together!

    Please help me with my Blogger issue…I’m about to shoot myself. Cant upload any photos.

  3. says

    My friends and I used to go roller skating at the local rink almost every weekend. Nope, none of us had a lick of talent, but we had fun anyway. The rink used to sell those pom poms, and we all wanted some, but seems the weeks we had money, the little skate shop wasn’t open.

    I hadn’t thought about those pom poms in years until I saw them on your skates. I do know the rink we went to finall closed a couple of years ago, but even then I didn’t think about all of us dying for those pom poms for our Strawberry Shortcake skates. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  4. says

    You are a hoot, blue balls and all. I love them big! Love your ad, and who cares if the ice gets slushy.
    I haven’t made any for years, either, but I was just casually looking at yarn at walmart last month and I couldn’t believe the cost! Holy cow! Have no idea when that happened, been years since I crocheted or knitted anything, but all I can say is now I see why everyone is charging an arm and 2 legs for just a goofy scarf that they knitted. Love the color and texture of your yarn. I might have to do something like this soon.
    Where are you going stick more of these???

  5. says

    Those are a fabulous stand in for a Zamboni!!! Actually, I heart them, from the color to the size they are FUN and remind me of when I was a kid with my mis-matched pompoms on my skates!
    Cathy @ Room Rx

  6. says

    Perfect timing. Looks like I’ll need to be making some pom poms for the ice skates this week. Emma is hosting an end-of-exam ice skating slumber party on Friday night at our house.

  7. says

    Your poms are delightful! I am sharing them on my Facebook page tonight! Grab a “I Was Featured” button from my blog and thank you for linking to Cowgirl Up this week!
    :) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

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