How to Make DIY Pom Pom Earrings With Scrap Yarn Tutorial

In this easy tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make your own DIY pom pom earrings!  It’s a fun and easy way to use up scrap yarn and it makes a great handmade gift.

I’ve included a photo and full video tutorial to show you how to make your own pom pom earrings.  

You’ll find two different ways to make pom pom earrings in this tutorial: chain style and wire style earrings.

And you can get everything you need to make your pom-pom earrings from your local craft store.

two pairs of diy pom pom earrings on a white background

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How Long Does It Take To Make DIY Pom Pom Earrings?

I can make a pair of pom pom earrings in about 30 minutes. It could take you longer when you first start out but the amount of time it takes you will likely decrease as you practice.

Materials:

Pom Pom Earrings DIY Video Tutorial

Step 1: Make the Pom Poms

Open the arms of the pom pom maker. You’ll notice that there are two sets of arms with an indent in the middle.  Holding one set of arms together, wrap the yarn around the arms of the maker.  

hands holding both arms of a clover pom pom maker open
hands wrapping yarn around the arms of a pom pom maker

The fuller you wrap the arms, the fluffier/fuller your pom pom will be.  You can use different colors of yarn for a multi-colored pom pom. Make sure to keep the yarn tight and close together to avoid gaps in the pom pom.

Once you’re happy with the amount of yarn wrapped around the arms, close the arms of the pom pom maker to secure the yarn in place.

hands wrapping yarn around the arms of a pom pom maker

Bring the yarn to the open side of the pom pom maker and wrap yarn around the other set of arms until it is full.  When you’re done close the second set of arms and cut your yarn.

scissors cutting the working yarn after wrapping both sides of the pom pom maker to make pom pom earrings

Using scissors, cut the yarn along the outer edge of both sides of the pom pom maker, following the groove between the two sets of arms. Make sure to hold the pom pom maker securely to prevent the yarn from unravelling.

scissors cutting the yarn that has been wrapped around the arms of a pom pom maker

Take a separate piece of yarn and insert it between the two sets of arms, wrapping it around the center of the pom pom maker and pulling it tight against the center of the pom pom. Tie a very tight double knot to secure the yarn in place. 

hands tying a knot in the yarn around a pom pom that still in the pom pom maker

Take a look at the pom pom maker and imagine there is a compass on top of it, placing the knot and yarn tails facing yourself.  Wrap the yarn around the center of the pom pom maker and tie a knot at each of the remaining 3 compass points to ensure the most secure hold possible.

image showing compass points imposed on top of a pom pom maker

Once you’re done with your knots carefully open up the arms of the Clover pom pom maker and pull both sides of the maker away from eachother to release your pom pom.

Leave the yarn tails intact and set aside and create your second pom pom.

See my tips and suggestions for making unique, custom pom poms for your pom pom earrings.

Step 2: Shape and Trim Your Pom Poms

Your pom pom may look a bit uneven at first. Use scissors to trim any excess yarn or long threads and shape the pom pom into a nice round shape.

hands using scissors to trim a pom pom

Be careful not to cut the yarn used to tie the pom pom together. I recommend holding the pom pom by the yarn tails from tying your knots while trimming.

Once you’re done compare the two pom poms to ensure they are relatively even. Do any necessary trimming to make them even. If you’re making the chain style earrings, leave the yarn tails from tying the knots intact.

Give your pom poms a gentle shake to fluff it up and remove any loose fibers. Now they’re ready to be attached to your earring hardware!

hand holding a hot pink pom pom against a white background

Step 3: Adding Your Jewelry Hardware – Chain Earrings

To create the chain earrings, use wire cutters to cut the two lengths of chain to the same length and set aside.

Use the yarn tails left from tying the knots in your pom pom to tie a jump ring as close to the pom pom and double knot it in place.  Repeat on second pom pom.  Trim yarn tails close to the pom pom.

hands tying a knot in the yarn to attach a jump ring to the pom pom

Use jewelry pliers to open the jump ring and thread it on to the end of one of the pieces of chain. Use the jewelry pliers to close the jump ring securely.  Repeat on other pom pom.

hands holding a pink pom pom attached to jewelry chain

Use jewelry pliers to open the loop on the bottom of the ear wire.

hands holding a fish hook earring wire with an open eyelet

Thread the ear wire into the top of the chain and use jewelry pliers to securely close the loop on the bottom of the ear wire.  Repeat on other pom pom to create your second earring.

completed chain-style pom pom earring

Step 3: Adding Your Jewelry Hardware – Wire Earrings

To create the wire earrings, insert the eye pin through the center of the top of the pom pom and out through the other side. Repeat with second pom pom.

Use jewelry pliers to bend the tip of the eye pin on itself to create a hook as seen below.  Repeat with the other wire so they’re even.

jewelry pliers putting a bend in a silver eye pin that has been inserted through the center of a yellow pom pom
hands holding a yellow pom pom and showing a u-shaped bend in the eye pin

​Grab the top of the eye pin and pull the hook into the pom pom as far as you can to secure it.

yellow pom pom with a silver eyepin in it

Use jewelry pliers to open the loop on the top of the eye pin.

jewelry pliers opening the head of the eyepin

Thread the ear wire into the eyelet at the top of the eye pin and use jewelry pliers to securely close the loop on the bottom of the ear wire.  Repeat on other pom pom to create your second earring.

hands holding earring hardware and attaching it to a yellow pom pom
completed diy pom pom earring in style 2

Fun Ways to Customize Your DIY Pom Poms:

One of my favorite things to do with pom poms is to experiment with pom poms.  Here are some suggestions to create pom pom earrings that are as unique as you are:

  • Wrap one of the sides of the maker in one color of yarn and the other with a second color to create a two-toned pom pom. You can also create stripes, ombre and rainbow effects just by wrapping the maker in different ways.

  • Hold two different yarn colors together while you wrap the pom pom to create a cool variegated look

  • Combine different types of yarn, such as fluffy mohair or sparkly metallic yarn, to create pom poms with varied textures and finishes. Mixing yarn types can add depth and dimension to your pom poms and make them stand out.

  • You can create custom-colored pom poms by dip-dyeing your pom poms, resulting in one-of-a-kind pom poms.

  • Create glow-in the dark pom poms by using Lion Brand’s Glow-in-the-Dark Yarn.


I hope you have so much fun making your own easy pom pom earrings!  If you make a pair (or thirty) I’d love to see your pom pom earrings!  Sharing them with me on social media by tagging me @theloopylamb or using #theloopylamb for a chance to be featured.

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