I saw a pom pom scarf on instagram about a year ago and wanted it immediately. Two problems: it was $100, and the colors in it were…well, less cute than the colors I’d have chosen. So, I decided to make my own customized vegan dollhouse pom pom scarf.
I tried to find tutorials online, but weirdly, the world doesn’t seem to be into grapefruit/pomelo sized pom poms. All the DIY pom pom tutorials I found were for way-too-small pom poms. And there are quite a few companies that make tools to assist with pom pom making, but of course, none of them were big enough for my preference. So, I had to figure it out on my own (with a lot of help from Isabelle).
In case there’s anyone else in the world that would want to make themselves a custom kawaii pom pom scarf, I thought I would try to document my process. If you have any questions that I might have accidentally not addressed, please email me, and I’ll do my best to respond to them.
I think it took me between 1 and 2 hours to make each pom pom, so plan for this craft project to take between 20 and 40 hours.
Step 1: Make 2 Cardboard Circles
Instructions for making the pom pom template
This took me a couple of tries to get the right size, so I’m including a template for you to use. Just print out 1 copy of this template, cut it out, trace it onto 2 pieces of heavy cardstock or cardboard. (I used the backs of those yellow pads of paper that people use at work, but you could also use old computer boxes, shoe boxes, etc.)
Pom Pom Template
Step 2: Purchase Yarn
The amount of yarn you buy depends on the length of your scarf and the number of colors you want. I was able to get 2-3 pom poms from each package of yarn. Purchase yarn that is cotton or polyester (or a blend of the 2) with a number 4 thickness. I bought 7 packs of yarn for my scarf.
Step 3: Make Pom Poms
Instructions for Making Oversized Pom Poms
The number of pom poms you make depends on the length you want your scarf to be. I made 17 pom poms for my scarf. I ended up buying a new pair of scissors for this project because it made the cutting so much faster and easier. Once you cut all the way around the perimeter of the circle, you can use a long piece of yarn to tie it off in the center. Sometimes using a couple pieces to make sure the knot is tight can be a good idea.
Video for Making Oversized Pom Poms
Here’s a video of me making one of the pom poms.
Step 4: Assemble the Scarf
Instructions for assembling the pom pom scarf
To assemble, I made a long row of all my pom poms and moved them around until I was happy with the color order. Then I used the long strings that were the ones I used to secure the center of the pom poms to tie each pom pom together. Don’t try to tie them together using any other strings because they’ll just pull right out.
If you like ridiculously large statement accessories for the winter, you might also like my teddy bear hat.