While I have always thought gnomes to be cute, I have to say I have not been a gnome collector….until now! Oh my goodness! Whether it is because they are simply adorable or that making them has become quite theraputic, I am totally enjoying these DIY Pom Pom Gnomes and More!
A quick search on Pinterest will show you MANY ways of making yarn pom poms. I have made pom poms over the years for various crafts, and I can honestly say I have tried MANY methods! However, the one method I refuse to try is using a purchased pom pom maker. I try to be as thrifty as I can so that is just not an option for me…and mine have still turned out fluffy and full!
Supplies Needed ~
- scissors (sharp and with pointy tip)
- serving fork, wooden fork, credit card, or cardboard cut about 1 1/4″ wide X 1 1/4″ wide
- hot glue gun
- embellishments for nose: wooden ball, small stones, pearl balls, etc.
- toilet paper roll(s)
- tape (for incidentals)
First of all, you need to focus on your yarn. Any yarn will work, and I mean ANY yarn. So what is the difference between the $4.99 yarn and the $7.99 yarn? There are many differences, but for these DIY pom pom gnomes, it is basically the thickness. The thicker the yarn, the less it will take to create a full ball.
How to Make Yarn Pom Poms ~
My favorite method for making pom poms is with a large serving fork. The fork I use is about 1 1/4″ wide. Some other methods are using a credit card or cutting a piece of cardboard to the exact size you want. There are truly so many items you can use for this project, this has just been the method I have found I really like.
- Cut one piece of yarn about 6-7 inches. Place the yarn as shown in the picture above.
- Wrap your desired color of yarn around the fork until you get the desired size and thickness. While you are wrapping, you will leave the one piece of yarn hanging down for later use.
- I have included a picture to give you an idea of how the pom poms will turn out according to the number of times you wrap. The smaller ball was wrapped around the serving fork 100 times and the bigger ball was wrapped around the serving fork 200 times.
- Once you have finished wrapping, bring the loose piece of yarn up and over the top and tie loosely. (The reason I say loosely is to make pulling it off the fork easier when it is time!) Hold the tied yarn piece and begin pulling the wrapped yarn off of the fork.
- When you have pulled it completely off of the fork, tie the yarn on top tightly, double knotting it.
- Cut through all of the loops, being careful not to cut into center where the tied piece of yarn is tied off. It is important to have sharp scissors with a pointy tip.
- Lightly fluff your pom pom with your hand and then trim the edges until you have desired the size you want.
Whoo hoo…you have officially made a yarn pom pom! Great job!
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. The blue pom poms I made above were not for making gnomes. Remember, I told you there are so many fun things you can do with these? Well, these particular pom poms became “snowflakes” in my Gizmo Snail Mail project I wrote about at the beginning of this month? Do you remember that post? Check out this fun post on Gizmo Advent Snail Mail ….right here!
I hid a Christmas book in the bottom of a box, added a spring mechanism on that, placed a piece of cardboard on that and then filled the box to the top with the “snowflakes.” When the kids opened their countdown box, voila, it was an instant snow storm, compliments of Gizmo!
Back to DIY Yarn Pom Pom Gnomes & More ~
Now it is time to make those cute little hats! You will need a small book or credit card that measures about 3″. I use a small leather book that is 3 1/2″ X 5 1/2″. It is a fun idea to get a little crazy with your yarn selection for the hats. Decide if you will use a solid color, a mixed yarn or use 2 or 3 different colored yarns.
My daughter, Karleigh, created some pom pom gnomes over the weekend. Notice she has some solid colors, some yarns that are a mixed coloring and then created her own color striped hats by using 2 different color yarns. Notice that cute little Purdue one! Such a cute idea to pair up with some holiday candy or a bottle of wine and gift to friends and family! (She found it to be very theraputic to make these…bonus!)
Gnome Hat Instructions ~
- Cut toilet paper roll into 1/2″ rings. This will make the band of the hat. Once you get familiar with the process, you can play around with the sizing of the hat and cut them to the dimensions you prefer.
- Wrap the yarn about 30 times around the small book or credit card. Snip the end. Cut the yarn across the binding of the book. Once you have cut through all of the yarn strands, you will have 30 strands that are about 7″ long. Depending upon the bulk of your yarn, you may choose to cut more if needed.
- Place one strand at a time through the toilet paper ring, forming a loop.
- Bring the two loose ends up and through the loop.
- Pull to tighten, being careful not to pull so tight that you tear the toilet paper roll. *The toilet paper roll is somewhat flimsy. If you happen to tear it while working, just wrap a piece of tape around the cut to mend.
- Continue this until you have completely covered the toilet paper ring.
- Tie one long piece of yarn around the top, leaving some loose at the top for the fluffy top of the hat.
- Trim the top of hat to desired length.
- Insert one to two cotton balls in hat to keep form.
- Hot glue inside of hat and place on pom pom you made earlier. Adorn with a nose of your choice.
These yarn pom pom gnomes are seriously as much fun to make as they are to gift and/or receive. They are perfect additions to gifts for friends, teachers, co-workers, and family members. They would also make a perfect gift topper!
Enjoy your crafting ~