10 Unique and Creative Pom Pom Craft Ideas for Kids
Pompoms are little poofs that have managed to impress people to the present day due to their flare and playfulness nature. They can perk up a party décor, a sweater while adding a lady polish to any pair of shoes. Delightful pompom crafts for kids teaches them how to follow patterns, subtilizing skills, direction guided-play, counting, and much more.
10 Amazing Pompom Crafts for Kids
The pompom is a decorative ball or tuft of fibrous material. Pompoms come in a variety of colors, sizes, and a wide array of materials, including cotton, wool, plastic, paper, glitter, thread sand occasionally feathers. The word “pompom” originates from the French word “pompon”, dating back to the 18th century. During this time, the Hungarian cavalry wore a shako, or a tall structured cap, as part of their uniforms. In Rome, clergymen wore square-peaked caps called birettas. Pompoms have always been an integral part of the traditional dress of Scotland, with men wearing a floppy beret that was topped with a pompom. Pompoms gained popularity mostly during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Compared to jeweled trinkets and tassels, the pompom was a far cheaper embellishment. It was made by scrapping together with leftover yarn. Around this time, tissue pompoms found their place at high school dances, as easy DIY decorations, and in the hands of cheerleaders as fun and festive substitutes for batons. Simple and fun to play with, pompoms are great for the fine motor skill and sensory development of toddlers. Tweezing, poking small objects through holes, and sorting are activities that will keep your kids busy for hours. Pompom shape sorting is also a wonderful way to learn about colors, shapes for preschoolers. Fuzzy pompoms can be reused and make a great resource for any class projects, gift items, festive or birthday decorations. Working with them doesn’t involve much mess and requires less effort. So, just break out a bag of pompom balls and watch how your little one perks up with joy. Here is a round-up of some of the most awesome pompom ball crafts for children that will add cheer to any occasion.
1. Pompom Sheep
Kids love Shaun, the sheep animated character from the TV series and movie. Help them make one of their own with a pompom to play with friends or by themselves.
- Pompom maker
- Googly eyes
- Black pipe cleaners
- Bostik extra sticky dots
How to Make
- Wrap the yarn around the pompom maker to make the sheep’s body and head.
- Draw on the black craft foam and cut it out in the shape of the head.
- Stick on the googly eyes and the head to the pompom.
- Fold the two black pipe cleaners in halves to twist them together for the legs. Then thread them through the pompom gently.
- Once the pipe cleaners are pushed through, fold their ends to make feet for your sheep to stand on.
2. Pompom Ice-cream
Summer fun is incomplete without ice-creams. These adorable mini ice-cream cones can be used to celebrate any fun party with friends at the playgroup.
- Hot glue, stick glue
- Assorted colorful pompoms s
- Light brown construction paper
- 3″ x 2″ clear cellophane bags
- Personalized labels
How to Make
- Cut your construction paper into triangles measuring approximately 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 5.” Use them as a template to cut out burlap triangles. Make the burlap a bit wider so that it overlaps the paper. Repeat to make more cones.
- Glue down each piece of paper onto the burlap triangles. Press them firmly and allow them to dry.
- Roll the triangles and fix them around with hot glue. Wrap the other piece of the triangle around the cone using the glue. Use scissors to trim the frayed edges.
- Attach the bottom of the pompoms to the cones using hot glue.
- Fix your stick labels on top of the cellophane bag and pop an ice cream cone inside. Use clear tape to hold down the flaps.
3. Pompom Christmas Tree
Christmas pompoms add a touch of celebration to your home. Get your kids involved in the Christmas decorations that would double up the holiday fun.
- Styrofoam cone
- Green yarn
- White glue
- Pompoms (Regular and glittered for the star on top of the tree)
- White glue
How to make
- Make a hole on the top of the cone and fill it up with glue. Tuck in the yarn and let it dry.
- Start wrapping the green yarn around the cone from the top. Work your way to the bottom.
- Add the glue for sticking the pompoms all-round the tree.
- Add the pompoms and let them dry.
- Take the bigger yellow pompom to the top as a star.
4. Pompom Hot Cocoa Mug Craft
A cup of hot cocoa can be anyone’s favorite treat in the winter. Help your child to make their own mug for Christmas.
- Greenlight brown and red paper
- White pompoms
How to make
- Draw some hot chocolate mugs or take computer printouts in red/green paper.
- Draw an oval shape on the brown paper to represent hot cocoa. Cut them out.
- Glue the pompoms on the top to make them look like marshmallows.
- Cut out a piece of ribbon and tie it into a bow.
- Stick it under the brown paper as a decoration on the mug
5. Pompom Pig Craft
Pigs are characters in so many enduring classic books and movies. Playing with this craft toy will enhance the emotional development of children and also improve their role play and communication skills.
- Googly eyes
- Pink button
- Pink pipe cleaner
- Pink foam sheet
- Pink craft pompoms (2 for each pig. 1 larger than the other)
How to Make
- Draw and cut out the ears and feet of the pig from the pink foam.
- Glue the smaller pompoms to the top of the bigger one.
- Stick up the ears and feet with the glue.
- Cut a piece of pipe cleaner & curl it up into a spiral tail.
- Glue the side of the tail so that the curly end sticks off to the side.
- Fix the googly eyes and the button for the snout.
6. Snow Globe Craft
Snow globes often symbolize childhood, innocence, or so-called “happy days”. Making a snow globe craft helps to teach kids about the concept of season, shapes and imaginative snowman.
- Mini pompom
- Toilet paper roll or cardboard tube
- Scrapbook paper/card stock paper
How to Make
- Cut the end off a toilet paper roll to make the base of the snow globe.
- Cut a circle out of a dark blue piece of cardstock paper.
- Grab a pompom with a cloth spin to use it as a paintbrush to make the snowflakes and snowman. You could even stick with glue white mini pompoms as snow.
- Wait for the paint to dry. Alternately, you can cut out snowman pieces with paper to glue on the globe.
- Cut out two slits in the cardboard tube as a base to fix the globe on it.
7. Rainbow Party Cups
Rainbow cups can be used for St. Patrick’s Day, rainbow and unicorn parties, or simply on a rainy day. Fill them up with any festive drink, milk for breakfast, or even lucky charms to attract good luck.
- Tacky glue
- Paper party cups
- White pompoms s (0.75 in)
- Pipe cleaners in the colors of the rainbow
How to Make
- Cut out the pipe cleaners into various sizes.
- Bend them into small arches.
- Squeeze a line of glue near the middle of the paper cup.
- Place the purple pipe and stick it.
- Lay the cup on its side with the purple arch facing up. Squeeze a line of glue right around the outside edge of the arch. Keep placing the pipes following the arches while moving upwards. (Follow the order of arrangement of colors as per the VIBGYOR).
- As the arches get bigger, bend those inwards to fit around the curves of the cup (make sure not to crease them in the middle).
- Fix three white pompoms s with glue on the bottom of each side of the rainbow.
- Leave them to dry.
8. Yarn Pompoms Necklace
Girls love to wear pompom jewelry, be it earrings, finger rings, bracelets or a necklace. Pompom ornaments are comfortable to wear and adds a touch of beauty to your little princess’ overall ensemble. They learn to do them on their own and treasure them in their precious jewel box.
- Yarn in your choice of colors
- Chain or a child’s necklace
- Large needle
How to Make
- Hold a piece of yarn between two prongs of a plastic fork. The size of the fork will determine the size of the pompoms, while the thumb will help to keep it in place.
- Wrap the yarn around the fork around 40-50 times. (Wrap the yarn around 3 fingers
- If you want to make larger-sized pompoms.)
- Cut the yarn off from the skein. Leave it on the fork while cutting a separate piece of yarn that is at least 6 inches.
- Wrap this perpendicularly around your yarn by taking one end and pushing between the forks below the yarn. Tie a tight knot.
- Insert the scissors into the top of the pompom and cut across the loops.
- Repeat the process on the bottom of the pompom. (Make sure not to cut the two long strands around the middle of the pompom.)
- Tie the two long strands to tie the pompoms to the necklace.
- Now hold onto the two long strands of yarn and trim the pompoms down until they look neat and nice.
- Make two more pompoms in different colors.
- Stitch the three pompoms together using a large needle to form a triangle.
- Tie the pompoms by using the two long strands at the center of the necklace.
- Put a double knot to tightly secure it.
- Embellish the necklace with a foam flower to complete your jewelry.
9. Lolita’s Eyeglass String Necklace Craft
Use pompoms, beads, and charms to stack on the string of these adorable sunglasses or even reading glass so that they stay nice and safe around your neck. It also gives your girl a retro look to flaunt at any weekend party.
- String (you can use thin and smooth waxed cotton)
How to Make
- Cut strings to 7cm and 75cm.
- Make a hangman’s noose knot at one end of the string. (You can wrap the running end twice around the standing part for a smaller knot.)Pull-on the bottom loop to be tight.
- Trim the excess string. Tie a normal knot on the string and start threading up the colorful beads and pompoms s using a needle.
- Once you’ve achieved the desired length of the beaded string, tie a knot to fix the beads in place.
- Fold the string in half. Measure the distance to start making another beaded piece on the other half of the string.
- Finish it by making another Hangman’s noose knot.
- Place a noose on each side of the eyeglass earpiece and slide the knots to adjust the loop. Fit it properly to prevent slipping.
10. Pompoms Key Chain
You kids can make these amazing keychains for all the rooms in the house or gift them to their friends. Colour coordinating helps you to identify them easily among a pile of keys.
- Yarn of any colors
- Gold lobster claw clasp
- Large gold jump rings 15mm.
- Flathead jewelry pliers
How to Make
- Add the large gold jump ring to the center tie of the pompom.
- Add the gold chain and close the jump ring.
- Adjust the size of the chain to its desired length.
- Cut the chain with the wire cutter part of the pliers.
- Bend to open the end of the chain. Add the clasp and bend it again. Close it with pliers.
- Make several pompoms in different colors and sizes to make the Pompom cluster keychain. Hang them on three lengths of chains from the larger pompom.
The art of pompom making is easy to master. You don’t always need a pompom maker. Rather pompoms can be made in an old-fashioned way using a cardboard donut, a strip of card, or even using a fork. Perfect for little fingers to grab and pinch, mini pompoms are little softballs cause choking hazard for toddlers. Hence any pompom play or craft activity should be done under adult supervision. So let’s get crafting with these brightly colored magical pompoms!
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