How to Use a Pom-Pom Maker. Instead of buying premade pom-poms to create ski hat toppers, cute dolls or embellishments for tennis shoes or roller skates, create your own with a tool that even your child can help you use. With a little winding and cutting, you'll have a slew of fluffy pom-poms in no time.
Buy a plastic pom-pom tool at a brick-and-mortar or online sewing or craft store. The package should contain a variety of U-shaped pieces designed to snap together to create the accents in a variety of sizes (see Resources).
Choose the size of your pom-pom by choosing the plastic pieces in a single color. Different colors match up to generate different sizes. There should be two pairs of pieces, each snapped together back to back.
Wrap a thick length of yarn around one of the pairs repeatedly until it's completely covered. The more yarn you use, the fluffier your pom-pom will be. Put the wrapped piece aside and repeat the process with the other pair.
Join the two wrapped halves by sliding the ends into one another until they click.
Use a pair of sharp scissors to cut through the yarn. Insert the tip of the scissors into the narrow groove between the back-to-back pieces of plastic. Snip the yarn, following the circle all the way around.
Slide a long piece of string into the groove and tie a tight knot to hold the loose pieces of yarn together. Remove the plastic forms, fluff the pom-pom and trim any pieces that are longer than the rest.
Create pom-poms without a specialized tool by winding thick yarn around a piece of thick cardboard that's about twice as wide as you want your pom-pom to be. Carefully slip the yarn off the cardboard without disturbing the loops. Tie a piece of string around the center of the bunch and knot it tightly. Either snip the loops in the pom-pom or leave them intact as you fluff the piece.