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

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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

Scissors

Thread

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

Voila!

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.

63 thoughts on “How To DIY A Pom-Pom Lamp (Or Anything)”

  1. 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!

  2. Daynna Hartjes

    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! 🙂

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

  4. 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 (:

  5. Elizabeth Johnson

    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.

  6. 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!

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

  8. Patricia Conte

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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

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

  15. 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.

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

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

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

  19. 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!

  20. Erica Crawford-Terry

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

  21. 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 =)

  22. 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

  23. 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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