Pom-Pom (Rug) Paradise: A Step-by-Step Guide
If you’re anything like me, you browse through websites filled to the brim with charming home décor, contemplate buying, then deciding that $1,357 dollars is a little nuts for something you’ll probably replace once you find something that’s even cuter.
Most recently, I was enamored by this adorable woolen ball, 36 inch, circular rug. I could picture it as the centerpiece of my daughter’s immaculately decorated room; her using it as a space to read to all of her stuffed animals. The problem with my woolen rug fantasy was that 1, my daughter’s room is far from being immaculately decorated (or clean, for that matter), and 2, I don’t have the kind of dough necessary for purchasing the insanely overpriced thing.
So, I got creative.
I haven’t figured out how to make perfect, wool spheres, but I do know how to make pom-poms with yarn. I know, I know…that is totally not the same thing. I’m not bothered by the difference, though, because I’ve always liked shag carpeting, so it all works out.
What You Need For This Project
- 5(ish) skeins of yarn. I chose I Love This Yarn! brand in the color ‘City Beat’, because it felt very summery to me. $3.99 ea.
- A pom-pom maker. Now, you don’t need a pom-pom maker to make pom-poms. I use one because it’s easy. Maybe I’m lazy. Anyway, here’s a link to a tutorial on how to make pom-poms without the extra cost - https://youtu.be/9kAsGImDaV0 (I didn’t make the video, but I’m sure Jane Richmond won’t mind the views). The pom-pom maker I am using is the 9 cm size.
- A pair of fabric shears, though I would recommend using embroidery scissors, as their smaller size would make it much easier to get into the tight space of the pom-pom maker, if you’re using one.
- Waxed cotton cord. You CAN use yarn to tie off your pom-poms. This is just my preference. The wax on this cord gives it extra grip, and is less likely to loosen and make the pom-pom look wonky.
- Graph N’ Latch Rug Canvas. You can find these at Hobby Lobby, or Walmart…well, just about anywhere with craft supplies. I got mine in the 36” x 60” size, but am going to trim it down a lot. If you want to make yours smaller, you do you, boo.
Now that we have all of the materials, let’s get started!
Remove your rug grid from the packaging. Make any adjustments by simply drawing on an outline (I used a sharpie) and cutting it into the shape or size you desire.
Choose the method in which you will be making your pom-poms, and get to it.
- If you are using the pom-pom maker, layer the pieces of your tool accordingly, and wrap all the way across until you have a very thick layer of yarn over its entirety. Close the ends of the tool so that it looks like a circle, then start cutting your yarn; following the guide along the outer edge of the pom-pom maker. Take your waxed cord and wrap it along the inside of your cut yarn. I like to wrap it around about 3 times before I make my knot, just so I know it is sufficiently tightened. Make sure you leave a good amount of excess cord, as you’ll be using it to tie it to the rug grid. After you pull your cord tightly and complete your knot, open up the pom-pom maker and behold your little pom-pom baby that you’ve just created. Trim any unwanted excess, and repeat the process a million times (or until you have enough pom-poms to cover your rug.
- If you do not have a pom-pom maker or do not care to purchase one, follow the instructions on the link I have provided, and make a million that way.
Attach your pom-poms to the rug grid by inserting the tail ends through the grid, and knotting tightly. Repeat the process until you’ve completely covered your rug. Make sure you trim off the excess cord once you have it properly secured.
Step all over/Rub your face in your super soft new statement rug. Put it somewhere in your house, like your kids room (if you have kids), living room, kitchen, etc. Use it as a dog or cat bed. Give it to someone who needs a rug. The world is your oyster now, kid. You did it. Now give yourself a pat on the back.
I love this rug. It’s cute, comfy, and a cinch to make. Enjoy!