Was I skeptical when I brought this pom pom kit home? Absolutely. Was my mind completely blown by it? Absolutely.
As a casual knitter, I have made many pom poms (to varying degrees of success) over the years. I honestly didn’t know if a craft kit geared towards crafters age 8+ could really live up to the promise of the perfect pom poms featured on the box. Below is a step-by-step photo tour of my experience with the Pom Pom Kit. Spoilers- the results were AWESOME!
Here is a picture of the box…
And here is what it looks like open. This kit comes in a nice sturdy box and everything is packaged really nicely. For this reason, I think it would make a great gift. Here is what you get in the Pom Pom kit: 1 bamboo pom pom tool, 6 different colors of yarn (600 yards total), a paper ruler, and instructions.
Here you can see the yarn as it comes packaged and unpacked. Before I set out to make my pom poms I rolled all of the yarn into balls. You do not have to do this, but I think it helped things move more quickly when I got to the actual pom pom making.
Here is the pom pom tool assembled. It comes in 5 pieces (2 dowels, 3 flat pieces) and assembles really easily. The pom pom tool is also quite sturdy, I accidentally knocked it off the table at one point with no damage, and is fully adjustable. For this reason, you can make pom poms ranging in size from 1 inch to 15 inches! The included instruction book provides simple directions to get you started on making whatever size pom pom you want.
Step 1: Tie your yarn on to the tool and get wrapping! I decided to make the 2 inch pom poms so I just followed the guide and wrapped 120 rounds of yarn onto the tool. As you can see from the picture, I used multiple colors of yarn all at once. For this reason, the wrapping to 120 went really quick.
I placed the pom pom tool on a table and then pulled my yarn from a bowl on the floor. If you want your pom poms to be a single color, you would just need to wrap that one color around you tool as many times as it says in the instructions. Super easy!
Step 2: Using 18 inch pieces of yarn, tie you pom poms off. This kit comes with a paper ruler the exact size of the bamboo tool. For this reason, it is super easy to tuck your ruler under the tool and tie off your pompoms precisely. For me, this was the hardest part of the process. As is clearly explained in the instructions, the center knot is the key to a strong and usable pom pom. To make sure my knots were tied tightly, I followed the knot instructions from the kit and had someone else do the old “place your finger on the knot” trick so I could tie them super tight.
Here is everything tied off.
Step 3: Cut apart your pom poms! Using a sharp pair of scissors (not included in the kit), I cut apart my pom poms. It is important to note that, at this stage, they will not be perfectly symmetrical. Don’t worry, the next step will take care of this. Also note, this step takes some time. It takes a couple of minutes to neatly cut through that much yarn.
Here are my roughly cut apart pom poms. Even all jagged, they look pretty great!
Step 4: Trim your pom poms! Again, this step takes a little time. But once it is done, you have a bunch of really awesome pom poms! Look at my before and after pictures of one of my pom poms above.
Once you have made your pom poms, the possibilities are endless! The pom pom tool in this kit can be used over and over with any yarn you might have. This kit would be a great way for any crafty kid (boys too!) to get started making holiday gifts for their friends, family, and teachers. Pom pom ornaments, keychains, decorations… the projects are endless! Pom pom pumpkin, perhaps?