The Pom Pom Ornament craft that never ends

We make a lot of ornaments every year as the kids have their own Christmas tree that they go to town on and decorate however they want. It usually winds up looking like a giant ball of something two cats had a fight in, but they love it and it makes them happy so we do it.

This weekend we’re going to do our annual baking soda dough ornaments so I said let’s do another easy ornament craft for their tree. And this one started because we have about 10 million pom poms from Dollarama hanging around our home.

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I remembered originally seeing the Pom Pom ornaments in my Pinterest feed via Meg Duersken and I thought I love this idea! Then I came across a sea Pom Pom and their cousin Felt Ball crafts including Christmas Trees from Target, Felt Ball Coasters by Inspired by Charm, Pom Pom Branches by Wayaiulandia, Pom Pom Wreath by Pickles and Pom Pom Pinecones by Dig This Chick.

So I was like Yes. Perfect. Let’s make the styrofoam balls where we pin or glue Pom Poms to them. Easy right?

Folks. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

This is the craft that never ends.

I got out everything. Styrofoam balls. Pins. Pom Poms. And we sat down in the evening for what I thought would be a nice ornament making time. My kids lasted maybe 15 minutes before the “This is taking forever” started. By 30 minutes of pinning pom poms, my older daughter gave up and decided to make a happy face on the styrofoam ball using the pom poms. My younger daughter flat out gave up and said and “Mommy I’m going to make an alien face with just the pins”.

I messaged photos of both to my husband late at night exhausted from picking up pom poms all over the floor.

pom pom ornaments gone wrong

Christmas crafts gone wrong

That’s her alien.


Let us remember that I have the only two kids in the world that did not like Disney World and yet continue to dress up as every Disney character they can on Halloween. They are usually the exception not the rule. So I was like this isn’t that hard, I’ll just finish some up for them.

LOL. This is what I get for choosing to do this with a glue gun instead of pins. They weren’t kidding. This took forever.

While the result it pretty great, it went like this. Dab hot glue on ball. Wipe excess strands of glue off ornament. Put on Pom Pom. Hold 5 seconds. Repeat x infinity because just when you think there is no more white space on that styrofoam ball another empty pocket that you missed placing a pom pom ball on appears. Hot glue strands everywhere.

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Don’t be deceived by the cuteness. You need time to get this done. Or it could just be me. Bit tip: use a smaller styrofoam ball as this is about the size of a baseball.

In which case the next day because I am immensely stubborn, we made mini Pom Pom wreath ornaments instead and they went much faster.

All you do is take some wire, cut out a small hoop and thread your pom poms over your wire.


Making pom pom wreath ornaments - northstory

To close up the hoop, I made a loop on one side of the wire, then looped the other one through and tucked both wire ends into the top pom poms.

Then we just added a ribbon and twine to hang.

How to make your own Pom Pom wreath ornaments - northstory

Pom Pom wreath ornaments - northstory

And because my kids have a better imagination (despite inheriting my impatience) than I do, they also make great bracelets.

Making pom pom ornaments and bracelets - northstory

DIY Pom Pom Wreath ornament - northstory

Anyone want to dare me to make these pom poms into a garland? Maybe next Christmas. And maybe I’ll buy bigger pom poms.

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    November 20, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Oh my god these are the cutest! I shared your DIY wreath on my mom Facebook group the other day, I got a ton of likes 🙂

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      November 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you so much Jolene!! That’s so sweet of you!

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    November 20, 2014 at 6:44 pm

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    November 21, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Super cute! I love the ball, even though it took so long to make! It’s so funny how what seems like the easiest craft can end up taking forever!

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    November 23, 2014 at 7:29 am

    SUPER CUTE A! My kiddos are going to love these!

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    Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    November 24, 2014 at 3:35 am

    I love the pom pom balls! They’re so playful and colorful they could easily be displayed all year long. My four-year-old just picked up the phrase “this is boring” and pretty much every holiday craft I try to make with him is, you guessed it, boring.

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    December 4, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    where do you buy the balls? I have been looking for them but they are so expensive 🙁

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      December 4, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      Hi Sara! I’m in Canada and I buy mine at our local Dollarama dollar store chain. Depending on where you live, I know that there are some online dealers that sell them in bulk that are much cheaper than what you would pay retail. Hope that helps!

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    December 6, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    A link for the online pompom dealers would be most helpful.

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    San (@AskSanAnything)
    December 14, 2014 at 4:41 am

    LOL. Loved this, despite your warnings. Though, I would probably go with the wreaths. 😉 Thanks for sharing this totes adorbs ornament idea(s). 🙂

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    January 6, 2015 at 2:39 am

    LOL your post made me laugh 🙂 I think I might actually give this a try one day… I too have a bag of pompoms waiting to be used… but let’s find a day where I feel I’m super patient 😉 Thanx for sharing!

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    Linda Mudie
    September 1, 2016 at 12:18 am

    To combat the hot glue strands, use a hair dryer on high heat and the hair-like strands will disappear.

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    December 15, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I can’t get our Pom poms to thread!

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      December 16, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Sorry I don’t understand. What do you mean by thread?

    I love your comments!