How To DIY A Pom-Pom Lamp (Or Anything)

How To DIY A Pom-Pom Lamp (Or Anything) - the confused millennial, millennial blog

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If you caught this post on major life transitions, you know E and I moved into 3x the space, from previously 100% furnished apartments, and got a dog all in one month! Getting a mattress, couch, kitchenware and well basically everything feels totally overwhelming at times.

People keep walking into our house (even though we’ve prepped them saying we don’t own anything) and say “oh.” #SMH




However we are moving into our second month now and do have some thing in place. I decided on my office decor at the end of April: Jungalow(ish). In June, I’ll be revealing the entire office, but until then, I wanted to show you how I DIY’ed this lamp

Turns out, Michaels, Joann’s, and Amazon don’t really sell pom-poms that large (or that don’t look like crap). Instead I decided to make my own pom-poms.

The Materials:

A lamp

Pom -Pom Maker

Yarn or Tulle of Choice



Needle or Tape

The Inspo:

I’ve been obsessed with this brassy tripod find from Target for months! When I finally decided on an office theme, I used some pom inspiration from Nordstrom baskets.

If you’re looking for tassels instead of poms, check out this tassel fringe planter.

The Steps:

Get your nifty pom maker tool, yarn, thread, and scissors ready.

Okay before we jump into steps, I need to pause and talk about yarn. Not all yarns are created equal. I took the above picture after my supply run at a local store. First, the pom pom maker was cheaper on Amazon, second the Sugar Cream is a 100% cotton yarn (I even used it to tie my turkey last year!). In other words, it doesn’t have that “yarn” texture you would think of. It’s a sturdy non flammable option. When used for pom poms, it looks raggedy (bottom right). Instead look for a more traditional wooly yarn that will give you a fuller look.

Wrap the yarn around the arm of the pom pom maker. For a fuller looking pom, make sure you are wrapping TIGHT and pushing the yarn to the side to get as much on as possible. For a looser pom, you don’t need as much yarn on the arm:

Cut down the middle of the arms:

Next, slip the string between the lip of the pom pom maker. Pull it down through to the other side, criss cross the strings, and repeat. We did this multiple times to get it really tight since this is the center of the pom holding everything together. Be careful not to break your thread, but if you do just add a new piece to where you’re at (no need to restart the entire pom). The key is to be even and tight.


Release and Shake!

Each pom takes about 5 minutes.

Next you need to get the poms on the lamp. Start by measuring the circumference of the lamp shade, divide that by the number of poms you have or want on it. Space the poms according to your findings/preference.

You’ll also want to measure the length of the dangling string. I would recommend no more than 1/4 inch length. Lastly, affix the poms to the lamp via sewing  them to the shade or taping them inside. If you choose tape, make sure you’re using LED bulbs, otherwise it could cause the tape to melt/catch fire!

Finished Product


I love this little hack most of all because it ties the room together by pulling colors from a piece of art in this case.

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  • Cristina
    May 10, 2017 at 7:48 am

    OMG, they’re so cute! Having a cat (who’s obsessed with pom poms), made me automatically obsessed with pom poms, haha.

    Cristina | *janded

  • Candy Kage
    May 10, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Even I could make this, first I have to get me one of those pom pom makers.

  • Kallie
    May 10, 2017 at 8:24 am

    LOVE how it came out! You know I love my poms! SO cute!

  • Courtney Buechle
    May 10, 2017 at 10:04 am

    This is so cute!!! I love the look of it and am dying to make one now.

  • Leah Weber
    May 10, 2017 at 11:14 am

    I’ve made pom poms for my baby girls nursery before and they were so fun to make! I love the idea of putting them on baskets!

  • Sydney Power
    May 10, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Oh my goodness, what a fun and simple DIY!! I just love it!

  • Daynna Hartjes
    May 10, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Omg this is so cute! I really want to try it, hopefully it won’t end up being a Pinterest fail for me, haha! Thanks for sharing this, Rachel! 🙂

  • Acasha Bowie
    May 10, 2017 at 11:59 am

    This is such a cute project!! I’m not good at DIY but I think I could attempt this

  • Tilley
    May 10, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Oh it looks awesome! I can’t wait to see the whole space!

  • Nicole Booz
    May 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    I’m really not that into pom poms but I LOVE that you tied it in with your art!!!

  • Heather Lovelett
    May 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Ah that is too cute! And pretty simple looking!! I love it!

  • Miss ALK
    May 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    What a fun lamp! The cutest way to brighten up an office space!

    xoxo A

  • fairyprincessjord
    May 10, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I love adding personal touches and diy projects to my apartment-it makes the space feel so much more homey. The way you spruced up that lamp is so much fun! Your office is going to feel like a party (:

  • Elizabeth Johnson
    May 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Those pom poms are so cute! I had no idea there was a pom pom maker. Love the colors you chose! Such a fun way to spice something up.

  • Jenn Wang
    May 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Ohmygosh! What an amazing idea! Love how adorable it looks and how easy it is to do! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂 I’ll have to find a place in my condo for a pom lamp.


  • Sarah Jean
    May 10, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Rachel that is so cute. And fun!! The lamp is having a good time. 🙂

  • Zan Turner
    May 10, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve been wanting to search how to DIY pom poms on lamp shades.Recently, I bought some pom pom to do a few crafts for the girls rooms and some extras for when inspiration hits!! Thank you for the great tutorial!! Pinning!

  • Kate Simpson
    May 10, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Cute! Pompoms are so fun!

  • Jenny
    May 10, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    This came out so cute! haha I feel like somehow my uncrafty self would find a way to mess this up.

  • Alex Lo
    May 10, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    This lamp is SO cute!!! and it seems like it’s not too difficult to do..even for me! haha

  • Cara Owens-Kindly Unspoken
    May 10, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    What a cute DIY! I love how it’s so simple yet it added a fun, pop of color! 🙂

  • Helen @ Hel On Heels
    May 10, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Cute, cute, cute! Love a good DIY project!

  • Ashley
    May 10, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    This is SO cute!! What a fab DIY project!!

  • Alison @ Puppies & Pretties
    May 10, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    This is such a fun idea! Definitely saving it I. The hopes that I get my dream office one of these days 🙂

  • Jasmine Maria
    May 10, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    poms poms are so in right now. I just can’t get myself to actually wear anything with it but this lamp is cute.

  • Patricia Conte
    May 10, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I’m a little obsessed with pom poms! This is so adorable and I bet your office is going to look amazing!

  • Amanda K
    May 10, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    This is such a cute and easy idea!

    Amanda ||

  • Alex Carreno
    May 10, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    This is beyond adorable, makes the lamp so happy!

  • Silvia Marquez
    May 11, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Omg this is so cute! I’m obsessed and am totally going to start putting pom poms on everything!

  • Amanda Rinehart
    May 11, 2017 at 1:20 am

    SOOOO CUTE! I made garland like this for my wedding 3 years ago. But I def did not have that handy dandy little tool and it took FOREVER to make them all by hand. This is awesome. lol

  • Yulissa Rosario Santiago
    May 11, 2017 at 8:42 am

    This is so cute! I would love tonpom pom something ?

  • Jalisa Marie
    May 11, 2017 at 8:56 am

    This is the cutest. I’m starting to love Pom Pom anything.

  • Elaine McKellips - everelaine
    May 11, 2017 at 9:59 am

    What a great idea! I love the pom poms, so fun! We have that same lamp in our living room. Love Target! 🙂

    xx, E |

  • Shane Prather
    May 11, 2017 at 10:53 am

    These are so adorable.. had no idea it was so simple! Ready to try for my home.

  • Emmy Massey
    May 11, 2017 at 11:15 am

    This is such a cute idea! I laughed at the beginning of your post because we get the same “oh” when people walk into our house. We downgraded significantly and practice minimalism so our place is small and bare. The comments from visitors are pretty funny.

  • Rachel at RKCSouthern blog
    May 11, 2017 at 11:28 am

    SO freaking cute! I love yarn poms!

  • Sayantini Bhattacharya
    May 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Pompoms are everywhere! Loved this super easy and simple DIY 🙂

  • Kristin Cook
    May 11, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    This is adorable! I really do need to make this for our house. I am loving all the colorful pom poms everywhere lately.

  • Kuleigh
    May 11, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    This is so cute! We’ve got the same lamp. Maybe I’ll dress it up! I also love the basket you used for inspiration. My sister recently redid her room so I’m going to share this DIY with her.

  • Neely
    May 11, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    What are the odds my husband would let me have a pom lamp in our room? 🙂

  • Oksana |
    May 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Interesting… I’ve been thinking of what else I can use the pom pom tool besides the tulle garland I created for the nursery! I love how the yarn gives the pom poms a totally different look than tulle!

  • Victoria
    May 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    LOVE! pom poms everywhere please! I tried to make a basket for my sons room but he ended up destroying the pom poms. I want to try again now that he is older. haha

  • courtneyfashionista
    May 11, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    This lamp is way too cute! Adding this simple detail really makes the space. Such a great idea hun!


  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer
    May 11, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is adorable!! Would love to make one like this! So creative, Rachel. 🙂

  • mckenna bleu
    May 11, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    This diy is seriously so adorable! I would have never thought of a pom pom lamp! But I love it, and the inspo!

  • Ann
    May 11, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    This is such a great idea. Ive always wanted to make Pom Pom for our daughter but never really tried it. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  • Bella Bucchiotti
    May 11, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Such a fun DIY!!! You are so creative.

  • Anna Hubbard
    May 11, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    This DIY is so fun and cute, Rachel! I also had no idea that pom pom makers even existed!

  • Safaniya Stevenson
    May 12, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Why and I just learning there is a “Pom Pom Maker”?!?!?!?!!! This is tooooo cute. My husband is going to hate I found this post. POM POM EVERYTHING!

  • Madi Dodd
    May 12, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I love the way this looks! I also have had my eye on a lamp like that!

  • Kristen @ TheSophisticatedGal
    May 12, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Love this idea and cannot wait to see the full office once you reveal it 🙂

  • Alexis
    May 12, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I need this lamp!! I’m seriously obsessed with the pom pom trend!

  • Ruthie Ridley
    May 12, 2017 at 11:29 am

    OMG so cute and creative!! Love that lamp!

  • Taylor Mobley
    May 12, 2017 at 11:58 am

    This is SO stinking cute!! I would love do add some poms to some things around my house!

  • Cameron
    May 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I love how it turned out! So cute! I also never knew there was such a thing as a pom pom maker haha.

  • Greta Hollar
    May 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    This is such a cute idea for a lamp! It really brightens up the corner.

    Greta |

  • Justine Y
    May 14, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I am a fan of pom poms, I just think they’re so fun! I’ve never used an actual pom pom maker before though, looks way easier!

  • Katie
    May 14, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Way too cute! What a clever idea to spice up a lampshade by adding pom poms.

  • Erica Crawford-Terry
    May 14, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Wow! This lamp is so cute and creative. I would have never thought that adding pom poms could make such a difference. Love it!

  • Leeza Smith
    May 14, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    loving the pom pom trend! super cute

  • Yuen Mi
    May 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    There’s a pom pom maker? OMG I’ve been doing it the hard way! This is too cute, and so creative. I need to do something like this for my room. Thanks for the idea! Hope you don`t mind me stealing it for my room =)

  • Elly Leavitt
    May 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    loving this!! so bright and cheery and perfect for summer. & good luck with the rest of the decor, i’m sure it will all work out! x

  • Kristal Xavier
    August 9, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Adding those pom pom really did not brighten up those plants. The pom pom are so cute I did not know they were so easy to make.

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