It’s easy to make your own pom poms to adorn any costume using simply a scissor and yarn.
Pom poms are a great addition to any costume. You can use them on a headband or a yarmulke to mimic a wig, like colorful for clowns, white for old people, blue for thing one and thing two etc.; as oversized buttons as I did in my clown costumes; as a bushy tail for a bunny costume, or as anything you can imagine! They add a super fun and cute look to any costume!
EXTRA LARGE POM POM TUTORIAL:
Start by holding the edge of the yarn in your left hand (if you’re a righty that is). Going around your first three fingers, while keeping them spread apart (you must keep them spread apart or you can cut off your own circulation and you also won’t be able to get it off etc), wrap the yarn around 70-80 times (if the yarn is a thinner type, you may need to go around 100 times).
Once you are done, cut the yarn. Next, cut a piece of yarn around 6 inches. Slide that piece of yarn between you fingers, pulling it around the center of the wound up yarn and tie it securely. You will need to slide the whole wound up yarn from your fingers to complete the knot when tying it.
Take your scissor and put it in the grooves your fingers left, and snip open all of the edges.
Now you “smush” it (for lack of better terminology) to make it pom pom like, don’t worry it may not resemble a neat pom pom just yet.
Now you need to give it a haircut. Trim the edges of the pom pom until it has a nice round neat shape.
You can keep smushing it as you trim it to help it get shaped up.
See more DIY costume tips from Shana here and here.
Shana is known by many as a creative jack-of-all-trades. For the majority of the past 10 years, she worked as a paralegal, while running a custom bakery business on the side, sewing costumes and clothing for her kids, developing some recipes and, of course, all other day to day tasks. She recently left the office-work life to pursue her other passions, baking and sewing. A new secret project is currently in the works that she is hoping to launch really soon. Stay tuned! (Shana is accepting orders for custom Purim costumes until February 15th. She can be reached on Instagram @shana_z.)