Pom-Pom Yarn Necklace | Kollabora Alt Summit Challenge!
by Haeley Giambalvo // Design Improvised Follow

I was inspired by the Kollabora Alt Summit Challenge to make this pom-pom yarn necklace. I have been on a pom-pom making kick lately, having just made a couple pom-pom yarn wreaths. With plenty of yarn left over and a desire to make more pom-poms (they are super easy and kind of addictive!), I came up with this necklace. This is a simple project that can be done in under an hour and allows you to get as creative as you want with the color palette and number of pom-poms you add.

You can find more easy (and chic!) DIY projects on my blog Design Improvised!




You need very few supplies for this project. If you have some leftover yarn and a metal chain necklace, you are all set!

  • Yarn in your choice of colors (I particularly liked how the variegated yarn looked in my necklace)
  • Metal chain necklace (or make your own with an 18" chain, jump rings, a lobster clasp, and pliers)



Start a basic pom-pom

Start by holding a piece of yarn across two fingers. Use your thumb to keep it in place.

Wrap the yarn

Wrap the yarn around your fingers 40-50 times. If you wanted to make larger pom-poms, you could wrap the yarn around 3 fingers.

Secure with another piece of yarn

Once you've wrapped the yarn, cut it off from the skein. Leave the yarn on your fingers while cutting a separate piece of yarn at least 6 inches long.  You will wrap this perpendicularly around your yarn by taking one end and pushing between your fingers below the yarn, and pushing the other end between your fingers  above the yarn.

Tie the pom-pom

Take the strands from the backside of your fingers and tie into a knot. The strand of yarn is now 'hugging' the middle of the pom-pom.

Pull knot tight

Slide the yarn off your fingers and then pull the yarn strands wrapped around the middle of the pom-pom taut. You may want to make another knot to make it extra secure.

Cut through the loops of yarn

Now take your scissors and insert them into the top of the pom-pom and cut through the loops. Repeat on the bottom of the pom-pom. Make sure to NOT cut the two long strands around the middle of the pom-pom. You will use those to tie the pom-pom to your necklace.

Trim the pom-pom

The key to a nice puffy pom-pom is giving it a good trim. While holding onto the two long strands of yarn, trim down the pom-pom until you get the look you want. The less you cut it, the more fringey looking it will be.

Tie pom-poms to necklace chain

Find the middle of your necklace chain and start tying on pom-poms by using the two long strands. My necklace chain had some rings large enough for my yarn to go through, so I ran it through there before tying in a knot to keep the pom-poms in place. 


Tie pom-poms to necklace chain (cont.)

You may want to tie the pom-poms loosely at first until you get the arrangement you want, then go back and tie securely with a double knot.

Cut off the long yarn strands

Once you have your pom-poms arranged how you want and secured with a knot, cut off the remaining long yarn strands and your necklace is complete!

Discussion 3

  • Thanks for the comments everyone - I hope you make one for yourself! I love the giant pom-pom idea - that would definitely make a statement. ;)

  • Missbatch commented 6 years ago

    Great tutorial pics and great results! 

  • vvonder commented 6 years ago

    I love making pompoms! Seriously need to make this! Lovely colors and thank you so much for detailed how to!


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