The Halloween Pompoms Tutorial is finally here!
I’ve spent various days figuring out the best tools, yarn and techniques to get pretty pompoms that look like different lovable Halloween creatures.
So I ended up with: Candy Corn, Pumpkins, Ghost and Eye pompoms. And love them so much!
Made a video to go along with the design graphic I show on it. It outlines the layering of each pompom and how to place, cut and shape them:
Pompom Makers. You can find them at craft stores or on Amazon
Good, sharp large craft scissors
Acrylic Worsted Yarn. Many brands have it: Red Heart, Caron, etc.
Step 1: Create a Diagram Crate a diagram of the pompom you want. As explained in the video, you can make a drawing and simply draw a line don the middle of your design.Here’s the diagram you can download and print: pompom-diagram. Remember it has to be a ROUND shape when you design it. Later on you can mold it to another shape with trimming. In this case I have a candy corn, a ghost (or pumpkin) and an eye. The placement of the yarn on the half-moon holder depends on your design. The layers change depending on whether your pompom has eyes, a mouth or nose or layers.
Step 2: Layer Yarn Follow the design and layer the yarn on the half pompom makers. If you’re making a face, you’ll only use different colors on one side of the maker. If you are making with color divisions then you need to change colors on both sides of the maker. Be careful how to place them, as many pompom makers fold in different locations.
TIPS: Make sure the colors don’t ‘bleed’ into the side of the other color, unless specified. This means there needs to be a clear division of colors, particularly on the Candy Corn pompom. This will ensure the pattern stays even along the whole pompom. But don’t worry too much, as you can shift the trimmed yarn a little by hand. As I mention on the video, it’s helpful to fasten the ends unto themselves or the edges to the pompom maker just so they don’t get on the way.
Step 3: Cut Yarn Cut yarn along the gap around the whole pompom maker. Don’t be afraid, the yarn is contain inside and we’ll fasten it soon.
Step 4: Fasten With a Piece of Yarn Fasten your pompom securely with a piece of yarn. Tight and with a double knot. Carful not to break your yarn while you do it.
Step 5: Release Pompom Release the pompom! This is NOT THE END PRODUCT. Most of the cuteness of pompoms comes from the trimming. And you’ll have to do quite a bit of it, but it’s fun!
Step 6: Trim Pompom This is really the most artistic step of the whole pompom making process. Here is where the pompom will actually take shape and look cute and polished. It can take a couple of tries sometimes to make them look good. Here are some
TIPS: Start by cutting along one single strip all around the pompom. This will be your ‘reference point’ to trim down to the rest of it. You might have to trim almost half of the pompom. Depends of how much yarn there is (how crowded) and the texture of the yarn as well. Re-arrange yarn as you go along. Just don’t pull on it. You can move single pieces of yarn slightly to fall on the shape you want. The newer and sharper scissors do a magnificent job! (I like the large scissors). Et voila! You got your cute pompom!