The Perfect Gift: Yarn Ball Pom Pom Bookmark

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

Has the weather turned cold where you live? In my neighborhood, temperatures have dropped and my instincts are to spend the day cozied up with a favorite book and favorite mug full of hot cocoa. Are you the same? I’m sure you have many fellow book worms in your neighborhood, so I thought it would be fun to create a charming little yarn ball pom pom bookmark that would make a great anytime gift for anyone that needs a little fall comfort.

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom
DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

It was actually my daughter’s clever idea to make a yarn ball pom pom bookmark. This is the perfect anytime gift because it’s affordable, easy to make, and turns out a fluffy pom pom of cuteness. It’s sure to improve the look of any book!

yarn and scissors DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

Supplies needed for your pom pom bookmark:
yarn
scissors

That’s it! You do want your scissors to be sharp, or the last step will be difficult. And you do not need any special tools for this pom pom ball – just your fingers!

*Before you start, cut an 8-10 inch piece of yarn and a 15 inch piece of yarn and set it aside. You will need these lengths in later steps.

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

To start, hold the end of the yarn in your hand, and begin wrapping the yarn around your fingers – snug but not too tight. We recommend wrapping the yarn 90 times.

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

Cut the yarn after 90 wraps, and carefully slide it off your fingers. Lay it down over the 8-10 inch piece of yarn. Tightly tie a knot around the middle of the 90 loops.

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

To add the yarn ball bookmark ‘tail’, use the 15-inch piece of yarn, tie it around the same string you used to tie the 90 loops together, as seen in the pictures above.

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

At this point, your yarn ball bookmark should look like the picture above.

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

Next, holding the ball on it’s side, slide your scissors through the yarn loops and start cutting. Instant fluffy yarn!

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

This is what your pom pom will look like — it will start to resemble a ball, but is in dire need of a haircut!

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

Start snipping! {WARNING: be careful NOT to cut off the bookmark tail! Hold it out of the way while you snip.} With this step, you need to cut the yarn pom pom into the shape of a ball. Continue to turn and snip the yarn, looking at the ball from different angles while doing so. Keep rounding it off until you are pleased with the shape. This step does take practice, and you will improve with each ball you make.

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

Voila! Your pom pom ball will appear! And your yarn ball bookmark is officially done!

DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom
DIY yarn ball pom pom bookmark tutorial featured by top US lifestyle blogger, Design Mom

These pom pom bookmarks are sure to put a smile on any bookworm’s face, and the best part of this project is that kids can make them all by themselves!

THIS POM POM BOOKMARK WOULD ALSO BE GREAT FOR:

– A gift for a teacher — just add a favorite book!
– A little gift for guests at your next book club gathering.
– A craft activity at a book-themed birthday party.

P.S. — We love making gifts! You can find all the posts in this series here.


Credits: Created by Jane from See Jane Blog for Design Mom.

369 thoughts on “The Perfect Gift: Yarn Ball Pom Pom Bookmark”

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  3. Hi, I love this idea and I’ve bought the things to make them for part of a holiday gift bag, but i keep having the same problem, once i tie the yarn and start to cut the middle seam is really apparent, it never looks like a ball or as perfect as yours (even before I start cutting) Is there something I’m doing wrong?

    1. try wrapping your fingers more times, maybe 120? also try trimming the ball a bit shorter, it should help to make the pom more fluffy, helping to hide the seam. and, make sure you tie it tightly, it helps to get the seam down deep inside. i hope this helps, it takes a little practice, but it’s fun practice!

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  6. I’m really excited about making these with my 6year old daughter who loves craft.
    I was thinking of putting ribbon as the long tail do you think this would effect the shape of the ball?

  7. Christina at I Gotta Create!

    Love your fun little bookmarks! Pinning :)

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original linky party is open

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  10. Hello,
    I have been trying a number of times to make these as nicely as you do, and haven’t succeeded. I have done the “corrections” you mentioned to a couple others, but without success. I have wrapped more than 90 times and tied the middle string as tight as I possibly could. Even the cutting it super short didn’t work…every time my middle string shows. I don’t know what I am doing wrong.

  11. This is AWESOMESAUCE!!! Gifts my girls can make all of their classmates a Christmas gift + sell them at a craft fair for spending money during our upcoming cross country road trip… plus I can do it as an activity at my creative studios and SO much more! Thanks for sharing :)

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  13. Love this idea! I’m making them for all my little gifts this Christmas!
    I’m adding a crocheted chain as the string, it gives it a little pop and helps offset the weight of the pom-pom.

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  24. I’m just finding these now – so cute! I made one last night and one today with my daughter. To make ours a bit fancier we braided the ‘tail’ and put a bead or two on the end. Thanks for this easy but awesome craft project.

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  37. omg! so cute i love this, yet it just gave me an idea to make a bunch of pom-poms into my wedding bouquet with floral wire and a long tail on the pom-pom! its perfect for my DIY wedding! thx for sharing :)

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