17 Jan 2012

DIY: How To Make Tiny Pom Poms With A Fork!



Tiny pom pom's. What more could you ask for in life?
This week we thought we would show you how to make these adorable little balls of happiness with just a fork and some wool. Cute, basic and ready to be glued onto everything; now that is my kind of tutorial!


Itching to get started? Ok, lets go:
1) you will need some wool and a prong-y fork.
2) wrap the wool around the outer two prongs until it gets really fat.
3) once you are ready, cut the end of the wool and using a new small piece or a little thread, bunch the wool together and tie really tightly so it is secure. Do this in the middle of the pom pom in between the prongs to make sure it's central and not squinty...
4) take your wool off the fork and cut all the loops. Be sure to get them all; they can be cheeky!
5) trim all the extra long straggly bits so it is big, round and beautiful..


*Ta*Da*
Cute and simple and ready for anything!
We like to use these little bad boys to flourish gifts for our nearest and dearist. All you need to do is wrap some wool round your gift and use a glue dot to hold it into place. Beautiful!
Enjoy...

71 comments:

  1. I love this it's so cute.

    Stampersue

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    1. Thanks Stampersue :D It is a super handy diy for last minute gift wrapping! Enjoy...

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  2. Fished a dinner fork and a serving fork out of the jumble in my silver box (do NOT tell my mother-in-law about the state of my silver!!!) and made 2 in under 5 minutes - LOVE IT!!!

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    1. Hee hee! I'm glad to hear you love the project and that you have a rebellious silver box :D brilliant!
      Thanks Lily

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  3. I'm seeing a lot of tiny pompoms in my future.

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    1. :) there is no going back now Giggles!
      Thanks for commenting :D

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  4. How perfect...thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much! We're glad it's going down so well :D

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    1. Thanks for commenting Maro, Enjoy :D

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  6. Have to try these and can't help wondering if you could make monster ones with a garden fork hehe

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    1. Raaaaah! BEST IDEA EVER! Hahaha, thanks for sharing Karen, I think we have the next 'ultimate pom pom diy' in our sights :D Brilliant! Good luck with him, we'd love to see it if you ever do it! hee hee

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  7. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. What a great idea. No more cutting cardboard circles!!!

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    1. Exactly! Hooray for cardboard circle freedom! Bring on lazy pom pom fun :D
      Happy making!

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  9. so smart! My girls love pom poms and I hated those cardboard circles. Thank you! I might suggest to cut a few inches and put it in the center of the prongs and just hold it down..that way it is all ready there to be tied up once you thread it through the center of the bundle.. might get in the way a bit, but worth a try.

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    1. Great tip Julie! Thanks for sharing, we will defo give it a go with our next pompom-a-thon :D

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    2. That is what I was going to suggest too. The hardest part to me was to tie it tight, but other wize it's great!

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  10. I never thought of that!!! I just used my fingers - lol!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. I would love to be able to do them with my fingers, but I can barely keep still long enough for nail varnish to dry :B hee hee!

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  11. Sara loves birds12 July, 2012 17:36

    This is completely off topic but I am in love with those birdy scissors. Can you spill the beans as to where they came from?

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    1. Hi Sara!
      No problem, ours are from a department store in Edinburgh called Jenners, but you can get them in good haberdashery stores :D They are excellent and pretty - what more could a girl want? :) Good luck!!

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  12. Fabulous! I've always wanted to make tiny pom poms!

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    1. Hooray for dreams coming true :B Good luck Jessica!

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  13. Thank you so much for this quick fantastic tutorial! You are a dear to share!!

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    1. You are very welcome :) Glad you enjoyed it so much!

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  14. Brilliant! I made a bunch of crocheted elf hats for babies but could figure out how to get the pom-pom small enough to NOT pull the hat off the head (smaller cardboard circles collapsed). I can't wait to get to my stash and make a bunch of this to finish off the hats. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. We love that story! Thanks for sharing Hyde Away Farm & good luck with those elf hats :B

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  15. This is such a gorgeous idea. So cute. Thanks for sharing it. I've linked to it from http://craftandkids.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/making-miniature-pompoms-using-fork.html

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing our post Sally :D We are so pleased to hear that you are enjoying it!

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  16. Absolutely super-cute & a great alternative to the card circles - thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. No problemo! Thanks so much for sharing such a lovely comment :D

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  17. I love this idea so cute and simple also I discovered these make GREAT -cat toys say bye-bye bored kitty. - thanks sharing is caring :D

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    1. Thanks Cami! What an excellent tip too :D Save loads of money on kitty toys too! Brilliant :)

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  18. I love it.
    Thanks for sharing so much. I can see mini pom pom bunting!!!

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    1. Good call Family Schulz! I bet it will look incredible :D

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  19. I have an old skool pompom maker but this is even quicker! Ta :)

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    1. No problemo Katy! I love a good old skool pompom maker, but a fork is always easier to find in Vivid HQ :D happy pompoming!

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  20. These would be so cute on head bands or attached to elastic bands for kids hair! And on presents, of course. Love them!

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    1. We agree :) Thanks Penny, we're so glad to have helped with inspiration!

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  21. I love this!! It looks great and easy enough for me to do it ;)

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    1. Thanks Kate!
      Haha :) We are all about the fast and easy diys!

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  22. I tried this twice. It didn't work both times. What did I do wrong? I couldn't get the knot tight enough for the yarn to not escape and trimming the "ball" was a huge challenge. By the time I had it in a circle form, it had fallen apart. I did it just how you pictured and said. Help! I would love to not feel like a pom pom failure. ;)

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    1. Hello!
      Oh no :S The knot being tight is the key issue here it seems. It is a little fiddly, but with a bit more practice you should have it nailed. You want to make it as tight as humanly possible so none of the threads fall out. I would say use a longer piece of string to practice with as it will be easier to work with (you can trim it down when it works) Also, practice a few times before you start snipping all the wool as picking up little strands is a total pain! I have my fingers crossed for you...
      Good luck!

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  23. I just saw this pinned on Pinterest! What a great idea, can't wait to try it out!!

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  24. Thanks for sharing, this is great!

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    1. No problem :D You are very welcome!

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  25. I'm "duh", I know, but do you tie the string around ALL the yarn on both sides of the fork, or just around the part on one side of the fork? :^\

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    1. Hello!
      Hmm... I'm not sure I understand your question... you need to wrap the piece of string around all of the bunched up wool so it will all pull in when you tie the knot. Does that make sence? So, wrap all your wool around the fork, thread the string around all of it so it is all held together in the center, then tie a knot so it is all held in tightly. There should be no bits missed out if that makes sense.

      Hope that helps!

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  26. How do I keep it from looking like a weird, fluffy hourglass? Looking straight on is fine, but from the side, the anchor thread is showing. Thoughts?

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    1. Hmmm... I'm no pom pom expert, but I reckon it could be because the anchor thread has not been pulled tightly enough. Give your other threads a good ruffle too; sometime the type of wool doesn't allow them to 'flop' nicely. I hope that helps!

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    2. hi
      that was my problem too i knew some else would have had the same issue.
      thank you it was the anchor string was not tight enough for me.
      i am very excited about making these with my after school care children for christmas decor :) so much easer then the card board and we have plenty of forks so no fights :) perfect

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  27. This is great, thanks for posting! I am SO taking back the ridiculous Pom-pom maker that I bought at JoAnn's.

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    1. Hee hee! I'm glad we helped save you some pennies :D Poor JoAnn ;)

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  28. love these, have made many to make Rudolf's nose on my little christmas bags was worrying about trying to make tiny cardboard circles, but found this. my students think its amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to share such a great comment!
      A pom pom nose for rudolf sounds absolutely brilliant :D I'm so pleased we could help!
      Great to hear that your students enjoy the diy too - I hope they have a lot of fun making their own :D

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  29. Super idée pour faire de petits modèles ! merci.

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  30. I am struggling a bit with this but determined to stick with it as I have been trying to make baby pom poms for ages (plan to make mini snowmen for xmas present decorations)! I have got as far as trying to wrap the wool around the two outside prongs of the fork, but in the picture is looks like it ends up being wrapped round all prongs? Also, how do you get it to stay straight round the fork, mines is very quint!

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    1. Hi Steph!

      We're glad to hear that you're going to be making tiny pom pom snowmen for Christmas - what a fab idea! We'd love to see them once you've mastered them :D

      Ok, so when you wrap the wool around the fork, you want to loop the wool around the two outside spokes of the fork. As you can see from the picture shown, the wool will sit over the other prongs of the fork, but NOT twist round them or in between them or anything. (So, if we were to hold the wool in this position and remove it from the fork, we'd have a simple circle of wool.) It's only when wrapping the piece of wool to hold all the threads together you need to work between the middle prongs.

      As for how to keep the wool straight around the fork, you should be wrapping the wool around it reasonably tightly (it should not be baggy or too loose at any point), and wrap it over and over in a straight line. Should it go a wee bit squint, you can just gently straighten it as you go along. If your pom pom is coming out with some strands of wool longer than others, you just trim them to match. Easy :)

      I hope that helps!

      Good luck!

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  31. I was planning on making pompoms as xmas decorations for my tree this year but was dreading having to make the cardboard circles first! Now I don't have to! What a brilliant idea... Can't wait to try it out.

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    1. Awesome! Glad to be of help :D Happy Making!

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  32. Super Cute! Lovin This! Thanks

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  33. O wow..i love these..me and 2 littlies will be doing these in our crafting lessons this week..i can see a pom pom garland for their bedroom and maybe my room..ooh the kitchen could do with one too...i have got some little tiny baby forks..will have a go with them and see how small we can do them..
    thank you for this..
    sara,fern,iris

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    1. How exciting :D I bet they're going to look amazing! Good luck lovelies :)

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    2. I for got to say, I cut the loops before taking it off the fork, made it much easier to cut. Use a small very sharp, pointy pair of scissors. Works great

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