If I’m being honest with you, I’ve been completely obsessed with pom pom crafts lately. I recently taught my children how to make a DIY yarn pom pom and now we’ve been working together on making pom poms of different sizes, but it’s the smaller, almost miniature ones that our kids enjoy making the most. That’s why I’ve been trying to think of different things we might make together that put all of the little pom poms the kids keep making to good use!
Recently, I came across some yellow scrap yarn in my knitting stash and I had the idea of making it into miniature pom poms, but I wanted to, in turn, make those pom poms into something else. That’s how the kids and I started making little pom pom chicks! Here are all the steps we followed, but you’ll also find a full video tutorial at the end of the post, just in case you’d prefer to follow our process that way.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Yellow yarn
- Pipe cleaner (yellow and red)
- Googly eyes
- Hot glue gun
Gather your materials! I loved the way this simple project was made from things I actually already had on hand in our craft room.
Start your pom pom around your hand. With your thumb, pinch the yarn end against your four fingers and start wrapping the yarn around and around those four fingers. Once you’ve got enough layers to hold the end in place without your help, you can carefully slide your thumb out. Keep wrapping until you have combined layers about an inch thick. You want to pull tightly enough in your wrapping that the finished pom pom is nice and dense, but not so tightly that your fingers turn purple underneath!
Once you’ve got enough layers in your yarn wrapping, cut the yarn free from the ball. Next, cut a length of about four inches to tie around the middle of your wrapped layers. Slide the yarn between your middle and ring fingers both below and above the wrapped yarn, tie it, and pull it tight so it cinches the layers in the middle. Once you’ve got it cinched as well as you can, tie a knot in the ends and slide the wrapped loops off your fingers.