I have to confess that I am a bit of a “back to basics” kind of girl.. and generally shun any sorts of gadgetry.. especially “when it isn’t necessary”.. however, when it comes to the Clover Pom Pom Maker, it is an entirely different story.
NOTE: this is not a sponsored post. I just love these diy pom pom makers!
I showed my kids how to make pom poms just using card (both rectangluar and round) and how to make pom poms using a fork and your fingers. They did it… but only *just*. Then I gave them the clover pom pom maker… and hey presto.. suddenly we were in a mad pom pom making frenzy! They couldn’t get enough of it. Since we introduce the pom pom making devices to our house, we have made pom pom birds, pom pom hedgehogs and pom pom fairies. We have even made some pom pom apples and pom pom hearts as well as some cheerful pom pom zipper pulls.. yep.. if you can make it out of a pom pom, we have made it!
What is the easiest way to make a pom pom?
Personally, though I rarely like to promote a specific product, I do think that the clover pom pom maker or similar devices ARE the easiest way to make a pom pom! The kids and I have been making pom poms for years, and though we also love the DIY Cardboard Pom Pom maker method, these little pom pom making devices really are quick and easy to use. Especially the extra small size.
What is the best pom pom maker size to get?
I got a set of all four pom pom makers, thinking that the large (blue) one would be the easiest one to use for the children. In fact, the two smallest sizes (cream and pink) are best. The large ones simply take too long to wrap! Ha. They also use a LOT of yarn. So my favourite pom pom size is the cream pom pom maker one. The green pom pom maker is also good, but makes a similar sized pom pom as the homemade cardboard pom pom maker! These pom pom makers tend to come in sets, so only buy the two smaller ones i think!
How can I make my pom pom even?
The only downside of these pom pom makers, is that they are a LITTLE oval shape. You can best counter act this, by making sure you wrap right into the corners as much as you can… alternatively, just give your pom pom a little trim at the end and that will help to make an even pom pom that is nice and fluffy too.
For those of you, who do love the traditional pom pom making techniques, check out this post of 7 Pom Pom Making techniques – which includes traditional cardboard circles, forks and some genius GIANT pom pom making techniques!
In the meantime…. get yourself a Clover Pom Pom maker anyway:
Soooo once your have your pom pom maker…. you are ready to see how very easy they are to use. And as I say… they are SO manageable for young children too (watch the video BELOW the how to video and see my 5yrs old daughter having a go at a pom pom hedgehog with it!).
How to use a Clover Pom Pom Maker
(if you can’t view the video and need step by step photos, take a look at this Pom Pom Hedgehog (I have reshared photos from our pom pom sheep below) or this Pom Pom Chick post, where I also show how to use the Clover Pom Pom Maker!)
How to use a pom pom maker – step by step photo instructions
These photos are from our super duper cute Sheep Pom Poms, but of course show you how to make any pom pom with the clover pom pom maker (as per the video on auto play above too!).
Take your pom pom maker, connect the two halves. By putting the metal pointing binto the other half.
Open the pom pom maker’s “flaps”.
Then start wrapping your yarn around one side. I like to make them quite full for a fluffy pom pom. BUT you do need to take care when tying and cutting, when you fill the pom pom maker to the max like I do, you run the risk of accidentally making it all fall apart before you can tie it off.
Once fully wrapped, close the that side.
Repeat on the other side and close.
Using sharp scissors (we like small scissors best for this), cut the yarn open. Be sure the flaps of the maker don’t “pop open”.
Take some yarn or string (sometimes yarn rips.. so string could be better – like bakers twine). Guide it between the two halves. And tie off.
You can leave the excess yarn to use for hanging your sheep or trim it off. Trim any extra if you wish!
At this point you can embellish your pom opm in anyway you like! We have LOTS and LOTS pom poms designs for you to check out.. but the image above shows you basic features of a sheep pom pom!
What is the best pom pom maker for a 5yrs old?
As mentioned before… I do think these pom pom makers are super duper easy to use. My kids have been using them since the age of around 4.. so I would say they are great way to make pom poms with a preschooler. Though again, I think the cardboard circles method works too. With both pom pom making techniques, I do help with the cutting and tying off.
If you are going to get some, I recommend the SMALLER sizes as they are actually easier and quicker to manage.
Check out more fabulous pom pom making techniques here:
Pom Pom Crafts and pom pom decorations: