I’m Obsessed With My Pom Pom Maker

Somewhere on Instagram, I came across the Pom Maker feed and fell instantly, madly in love with their adorable wooden pom pom makers and beautiful pom poms. I had to have one! The fact that it was entirely made of wood seemed especially attractive to me – until then, I had only ever seen plastic pom pom makers, none of which struck me as being particularly wonderful.  When my pom maker arrived, it did not disappoint one bit. It is smooth and perfectly made, the wood is lightweight and very comfortable in the hand. it comes in it’s own muslin drawstring pouch, with an instruction booklet.

 It didn’t come with scissors or yarn, those are mine.

Not only does it look like an adorable doughnut (and comes in different colours), this is the easiest pom pom maker I’ve ever used. Which is great, because Lila is fascinated and now she wants to make pom poms, too. The pom it produces is pretty big, about the size of my hand, with only a tiny bit of trimming to even it out. It would be great as an oversized (but not ridiculous) pom on any adult hat:

The white pom I made afterwards is the same size but even fluffier, once I finally got my pom pom groove. This is about the biggest size you can make, and then to get a smaller pom pom you just keep trimming it down. It works for any thickness of yarn, although I imagine a laceweight pom pom will be pretty labour intensive with all the wrapping. These are made with aran weight craft yarn that were just hanging around in my stash.

Pom Maker has video tutorials on their site, although the instruction booklet that comes in the storage pouch was more than enough to make a basic pom pom. But I wanted to see how difficult it would be to make one of their fancy pom poms, the panda.

I followed the video, and I was feeling pretty proud of my panda pom pom, especially for a first attempt. Mine turned out a bit small because I kept trimming and trimming, trying to get the face even. Still- definitely a panda, right?

And then I made the mistake of asking my family what they thought. Guy said it didn’t look like a panda, it needed bigger eyes. But I felt vindicated when Lila saw it and immediately asked if she could play with it. I let her play with it for a bit and then asked her, “what animal is it?” and she looked at it thoughtfully, and then said, “is it a puppy?”

Whatever. I still like my pom pom panda. I feel like it would be perfect on top of this hat.

Now I’m obsessed with making pom poms, it is the perfect way to use up leftover partial skeins. If you decide to get one of these utterly charming pom makers  too and then are wondering what you would do with all your new pom poms, I’ve got you covered! I was also wondering the same thing so I started a pom pom crafts Pinterest board with all sorts of ideas. I particularly like the gift topper idea and the fridge magnets! Pom Maker also has a Pinterest account, but it looks like they are just setting it up and haven’t quite got it populated just yet. I’m following anyway, and looking forward to more tutorials. Guy says that my panda looks more like a koala, so maybe koala next? I feel like I could make an excellent koala!

30 comments

  1. Estela   •  

    I love them!!! Awesome!!! And you should totally ignore your family. 100% panda.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thank you! Lila was playing with the panda pom pom again today, so she still likes it. 😀

  2. Wanda   •  

    I think that panda is perfect! 🙂 And you definitely have me thinking about pom-poms now. The wooden maker is so cute, I can imagine how it compelled you to start making pom poms obsessively. I have a whole set of plastic ones, of multiple sizes, yet I never take them out and make pom poms. Well now I just might – this could be a fun thing to make when I am having a (thankfully rare) moment of not feeling the knitting/crocheting love. I’m also thinking of some of the less appealing yarns I have in my big stash – maybe they would make some cute pom-poms??

    • Julie   •     Author

      You are absolutely right- the less-than-awesome yarn can easily be transformed into a wonderful pom pom! Those pom poms were all made with craft yarn, stuff that was just hanging around in my stash. Suddenly blah acrylic yarn looked totally different as a giant pom pom.

  3. Alina   •  

    Oh my, Julie! I love love love this!!! I so hope they have international delivery, because I need this pom pom maker in my life. And, by the way, when I saw the first photo, before reading the post, I thought – what a cute panda! So it is definitely recognizable.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Alina,

      I’m pretty sure they do have international delivery! I’m so crazy about mine, I’m super pumped to start doing pom pom crafts with Lila.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  4. Jennifer   •  

    How cute! This adds a whole new dimension to poms!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I’m very excited- let the pom pom crafts begin! Plus I think I might actually be able to eat up some stash this way…..

      Cheers,

      Julie

  5. Val   •  

    I wish I hadn’t already bought a plastic pom maker, this one is so much nicer! Also, it’s just struck me that giant poms are like koosh balls only way better, because yarn obviously.
    And that’s pure panda!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Haha, you are right they DO look like Koosh balls! I had one of those when I was kid. But yes, a million times better due to yarn.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Thank you so much!! 😀

  6. Stefanie   •  

    I can see why you’re addicted. Too cute.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I especially love how they burn though craft yarn and other odd skeins that you have don’t really have any plans for and aren’t really excited to knit with!

  7. Kat   •  

    That panda pom pom is so cute! I love pom poms and pom pom crafts, but I always get hung up having to cut out cardboard circles-which I guess means it’s time for me to get a pom pom maker myself!

    • Julie   •     Author

      I adore pom pom crafts, but never really indulged because I had one of those cheap plastic pom pom makers and I never had much luck with it, so I was totally doing the cardboard cut out thing, too. But I love my new pom pom maker. And Lila loves playing with pom poms!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  8. Snow   •  

    What IS it about pompoms? I can remember being all about rollerskating-not because of the skates (we lived where it was nothing but sand sand sand and Yup more sand) it was because of those HUGE pompoms dancing off the skate laces.
    And the panda? Treś adorbs.
    I came across a YouTube video years ago where this brilliant woman used her big plastic loom circle to make multiple pompoms at one time! She even had worked out how many times to wrap it depending on yarn weight and had this awesome tie off method.
    Ohhhh. What about pompom bunnies n chicks for spring baskets?

    • Julie   •     Author

      oooh, I love the pom pom bunnies idea!! What a fun craft for Lila and I. Thanks for the suggestion!

  9. Barbara   •  

    I love the panda pom pom! I’m thinking of ordering one too, to augment my vintage plastic one that’s only sort of useful.
    I have no idea if this tip is suggested in the kit, but to make pom-poms faster, I cut off a few yards of yarn, then fold it (bring the ends together) until it’s a manageable length. So when you wrap that around the pom maker, you get several wraps at once. This might not work for fancier pom-poms, though.

    • Julie   •     Author

      That is a wonderful tip about doubling up on the wraps, very clever! I single wound mine like a sucker, but I will use your tip in the future to save time! Would definitely still work for panda pom poms.

  10. Lisa   •  

    My first thought was Panda so Guy is wrong lol.
    I love this – that is the cutest maker I have seen in awhile and I agree that those plastic ones are so unappealing (and hard to use). And just the few things they posted on their instagram have me in love! Thank you for sharing.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Lisa,

      I bought one of the plastic ones ages ago and found it a total pain, so I never used it. When I did need to make a pom pom, I’d cut a little template out of cardboard rather than use my plastic one. This is crazy easy to use, and I so enjoy handling it, so it’s my new favourite thing. Plus pom poms a re perfect for leftover stash yarn!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  11. Susan   •  

    That is totally a panda.

    I have several of the plastic pompom makers and my kids LOVE them. We have dozens of pompoms. Everywhere. :))

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Susan,

      I’m just about to teach Lila to make the pom poms! I let her do the trimming on one, but she got a little scissor happy and she trimmed until it was the size of a marble.

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      So glad I’m not alone in thinking it’s a panda!

      Cheers,

      Julie

  12. Tien   •  

    OMG love that adorable panda pompom! It would be perfect as a hat topper. I have a plastic Clover maker but can never remember how to use it. This wooden one looks a lot easier to use.

  13. miss agnes   •  

    I love pompoms, i must have the entire clover line in all sizes. I know I must let them out soon and start playing with them, and try out with different colours in one. Your panda is cute, but yeah, it does remind me of a koala 😉

  14. andi   •  

    After seeing this- I want to make all the pompons! I too have seen other pompom makers and never thought anything of them, but now after seeing this one…I think I need one!
    I adore your cute Panda-Puppy- Koala. 🙂

  15. Monica   •  

    ok, that TOTALLY looks like a panda!!! and this is indeed the cutest pom-pom maker there ever was! And now I am also following the Instagram account….how could I not? I am sure my little one would love any type of animal -looking pom-poms….

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