In this tutorial, I’ll show you my secret trick for making super fluffy pom poms–even when you use cheaper, coarser yarn. This trick only takes a couple minutes and makes all the difference!
In my previous post, I taught you how to make pom poms that don’t fall apart. But what if you get to the end of that and still have a less-than-fluffy pom pom? In this tutorial I’m going to share my secret, easy trick to get a fluffy pom pom every time (no matter what kind of yarn you use)!
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How to Make Super Fluffy Pom Poms
If you learn best by watching someone else first, you’ll find this fluffy pom pom tutorial video super helpful. Or, keep scrolling for the full step-by-step below.
What You Need to Make Fluffy Pom Poms
- pom poms: you can see how to make yarn pom poms here (I use pom pom makers and I promise you will never make pom poms any other way!)
- bristle hair brush or pet brush (hey, I’m all for using what you already have on hand!)
Before we get to my secret trick, there are a few things you can do first to get the look of a full, fluffy pom pom:
Start with a softer yarn
Soft yarn will naturally give you a fluffy pom pom, and you probably won’t even have to do anything extra. I’ve had really good luck with this brand and I believe this yarn is the exact one I use in my videos. But there are tons of soft yarns out there, so experiment and find what works for you.
In the picture below, you can see the difference between a softer yarn on the left and Red Heart Super Saver yarn on the right. (But stay tuned for how I make that pom pom fluffy, too!)
Fill your pom pom maker with a lot of yarn
The more yarn you fill your pom pom maker with, the fuller your pom pom will look. Just make sure you can still close the pom pom maker, otherwise you may have to unravel a bit.
Trim your pom pom a lot
When you’re done making your pom pom, trim it a LOT. Yes, your pom pom won’t be quite as big as you originally started out with, but the end result will be a thicker, fuller—and rounder—pom pom. If you’re worried about losing some of the size, start with a bigger pom pom maker.
Okay…but what if none of those steps are working, or what if you want to use the bulk yarn that’s cheaper, but also tends to have a coarser texture? Keep reading for my simple trick!
My Secret to Making Fluffy Pom Poms Every Time
Before doing this step, you will want to reinforce your pom pom with the technique I showed in this pom pom tutorial. Doing that will add a little more security so your pom poms don’t fall apart as you do this step.
Ready for the secret trick? Take your bristle brush and…brush your pom poms!
Brushing them with a bristle brush breaks up and separates the yarn fibers, resulting in a super fluffy pom pom.
To do this, hold the pom pom securely in the middle with one hand while you gently brush with the opposite.
A few tips for brushing pom poms:
- Sometimes wiggling the brush back and forth a bit can help break up the fibers.
- If you notice that the brush is only separating the yarn on the surface of the pom pom, spread it open with your fingers so you can brush the yarn near the center.
- The more yarn you can separate and brush out, the fluffier your pom pom will be.
- If you happen to see pieces of yarn coming loose from the pom pom, you’re either brushing too hard or your pom pom wasn’t reinforced enough.
Keep brushing until you’re satisfied with your pom pom. Then trim it with scissors so it’s nice and round. If needed, brush and trim some more.
Brushing will change the shape of the pom pom a bit so there’s no need to do any trimming until you’re done brushing (but it’s not a big deal if you’ve already trimmed your pom pom before this step–just give it a quick trim at the end, too).
How to Make Fluffy Pom Poms Every Time
And now can you see the difference? Brushing is a super easy last step to make pom poms fluffy! I promise it’s worth the extra few minutes.