While my favorite method of making pom poms is with my Clover Pom Pom Makers, sometimes you need an alternate method. Using a fork can yield tiny little pom poms that are so quick and easy to make. Best of all, you only need supplies that you will most likely have on hand already.
The final size of these little pom poms ends up being just about an inch wide, making them perfect for all kinds of small crafts.
What You Will Need for this Project
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You can use any standard scissors you have on hand, but I HIGHLY recommend these ones when making Pom Poms. The straight pointed tips make everything so much easier both with cutting the loops on the poms and when shaping them afterward. Plus the springs take a lot of the effort out of the cutting, which makes so much of a difference if you are making a lot of pom poms at once.
How to Make a Fork Pom Pom
Step 1: Cut a small piece of yarn and slide between fork tines
First you will want to cut a small string of yarn that will be later used to hold your pom pom together. You only need about 8 or 9 inches, but if it’s a little longer that’s okay too. Slide this piece of yarn in between the tines of your fork so it’s right in the middle and pull it back and out of the way.
Step 2: Wrap yarn around fork
Now it’s time to start wrapping. Using your main ball of yarn, begin wrapping your yarn around the middle of the fork. Spread it out a bit so the yarn isn’t all in one place, but try not to get too close to the edge of the fork because that could cause the yarn to start slipping off.
Continue looping the yarn around the fork until you are done, then snip the end of the yarn. Looping the yarn around the fork about 50 times will give you a nice, dense pom pom and is the amount I’d recommend. Doing a bit less will still work, but will produce a pom that’s not quite as full.
You can also wrap it more that 50 times, but that will only make your pom pom taller, not bigger or fuller. This could possibly be useful if you wanted to make a pom pom with an egg or rectangle shape, though.
Step 3: Tie Pom Pom Together
Now it’s time to tie everything together. Take the yarn piece that you cut in step one and wrap it around the yarn bundle.
Tie the yarn loosely, just enough so that everything will stay together, and then carefully remove the bundle from the fork.
Once it’s off the fork, tie a few knots as tightly as you can. The sides of the pom pom should come together and make a circular shape like in the picture below.
You can also tie your yarn tightly around your bundle while it is still on the fork, but I find it it much harder to get a nice, secure knot that way so I don’t particularly recommend it.
Step 4: Cut Loops
Grab your scissors and start cutting the loops around the edge of the pom pom. You may need to poke around a bit to find all the loops that are closer to the inside. Just be careful not to cut the middle string or the whole pom will fall apart!
When you’ve cut all the way around, your pom pom will look something like this:
Step 5: Shape Pom Pom
At this point your pom pom is almost finished, but still needs a good trim. First I like to roll it around in my hands a bit before trimming like I’m shaping a ball of dough. I feel like this helps to round out the shape a bit before starting.
Then using your scissors, trim all around the pom pom until you have a nice, dense ball shape. Be prepared for a small pile of little yarn fuzzies, because in order to get that perfect fluffy pom you’re going to need to trim quite a bit off. I always have a trash can and lint roller on hand for this step to handle most of the mess.
And that’s it! Now your little pom pom is ready to be added to a craft project.
Overall, this is a great method to use if you need some small pom poms. It’s super quick to whip them up, and super cheap because you don’t need any specialized tools. As long as you are counting how many times you wrap the yarn around the fork, you can easily make nice, uniform poms for your crafting projects.
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. I’d love to hear from you! Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!