TUTORIAL: Dandelion Pom Poms

by Dana on April 10, 2013

I’ve wanted to make these for two years,

…ever since Lucy, Owen, and I stumbled on a grassy field full of dandelions.  The kids were dying!  I was dying.  It was so fun!  And so cute.  Isn’t it odd that a weed flower can be so adorable and entertaining?


Who can say no to this?

Or this?
Dandelions that never wilt or die.  Of course you can’t blow them away but you can still make a wish….and decorate your house.


Okay.  This is easy.
It’s the same pom pom tutorial I shared a couple years ago but we’re adding a stick, and using a speckled yarn.  You can also use pure white yarn but I really like how the flecks of dark mixed with cream give the dandelions an earthy texture.

No special pom pom tools needed.  Just use your hands and some yarn!

1. Start wrapping yarn around 3 fingers.  For smaller poms use 2 fingers.  For larger poms use a book or something wide and be prepared for a ton of wrapping.
2. Wrap till the ball is pretty full
3. Carefully slide the ball off your fingers and lay it over a separate piece of yarn
4. Tie the yarn string tightly around the center of the yarn ball
5. Use scissors to cut all the loops on both sides
6. Give the pom a hair cut.  Keep trimming till all the sides are fairly even (doesn’t need to be exact)
7. Insert a wooden dowel (found at most craft stores), or a wooden skewer or pencil, or candy stick, whatever works.
8. Squeeze a bit of hot glue on the end of the stick
9. Carefully push the stick into the center of the pom pom

And there you go.  Dandelion Pom Pom.

Stick some in a vase or give them away in a bundle, and everyone feels like a kid again.


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This is part of Celebrate MOM, a series with gift ideas for moms and women.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenette April 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

These are so cool. I think they will look perfect in my small vintage metal milk jug that I have been stumped as to what to put in it.

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2 Emily Evans April 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Love these! My girls call them “wish flowers” and this would be such a fun thing to make with them. The hubby would love it if we made these instead of using the ones in our lawn! :) thanks!

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3 Laura April 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Love that both you and deliacreates.com did flowers with pom poms today! So fun and cute!

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4 Kerry April 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Duh…why didn’t I think of this? So easy breezy, love!! My kids will love, too :)

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5 katerina April 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm

isn’t it wonderfull that such simple and little treasures bring spring ino our homes? Thank you Dana!!

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6 emily April 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

darling! my kids are obsessed with dandelions, but they wilt so fast after they pick them that they end up disappointed. this will make them happy!

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7 BJ_Mama April 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Oh Dana! You’ve done it again! Me and the kiddos are making these THIS WEEK!

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8 Kathleen April 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I just LOVE these Dana. I’m linking to them on my blog later today;-)

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9 Rachel April 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Cute!! I want to make some of these. I tried this the other day, but it didn’t work out like I wanted to because I tied the string on it wrong. Boo. I need to give it another shot.

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10 cucicucicoo April 10, 2013 at 4:10 pm

this is so sweet! love it! :) lisa

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11 Michelle DuPuis April 10, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Super sweet. Reminds me of a saying I heard years and years ago… “A man can tell his wife he loves her with a dozen long-stemmed roses. His small child can do the same with a fistful of dandelions.” :-)

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12 Adirondack Inspired April 10, 2013 at 10:12 pm

So cute! My kids have been into ‘magic wands’ lately and I think they would love playing with these. I’m surprised how much I love how they look in that vase, I think it’s all the textures… :)

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13 BluBabesCreate April 11, 2013 at 12:53 am

Love these, cute! And in any color too.

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14 trixie lixie April 11, 2013 at 4:28 am

So simple to make, yet beautiful in the vase! Great tutorial thanks :0

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15 Regina April 11, 2013 at 5:26 am

So cute! great idea for the kids to give on my moms upcomming birthday

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16 Jessy Rushing April 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

I love your pompoms! My granddaughter calls dandelions “wishies”. Maybe I’ll make her a bouquet!

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17 Max April 12, 2013 at 3:00 am

Bhahahhahahahhahamas! Did you know i have never made pompoms this way before? I’ve always cut out two little circle dics with holes in the middle & done it that way. THIS LOOKS SO MUCH EASIER.

Oh Dana <3

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18 Laura April 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm

I LOVE THESE!!! I featured them in a diy roundup on my blog today!! Thank you!! :)
http://www.peteandbuzz.com/2013/04/tutorial-round-up-april.html

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