Today I’m sharing a super easy (and cheap!) DIY. I love doing projects like this, especially when they are super easy and can save you so much money. I can’t go online for more than 5 minutes without seeing a super cute pom pom tote. Unfortunately, all the ones that I love are at least $150. As much as I want one, that’s not really budget friendly for something that I could totally make myself!
I realized that you can easily make your own DIY pom pom tote, in no time at all, for way less! I spent less than $20 on everything I needed.
I used these Clover pom pom makers- the pack comes with 2, but I’ve only used the larger size so far! I’m going to walk through how to use it, but this was the best video tutorial that I found! There are tons of great ones, but I felt like this one really walks you through what to do. It’s super easy, but figuring it out took me a minute!
To make your own bag, you are going to need:
- Straw bag- this one was $5 at H&M!
- Yarn in your chosen colors- you can do however many pom poms you want in any kind of order
- Pom pom maker
- Hot glue gun
Start by finding the little lip-things on the pom pom maker. There should be some on each side. Make sure that the pom pom maker is pushed together- there’s a little metal pin in the middle that keeps them together, as you can see in the picture below.
Pop the pom pom maker lips open, so that both sides are opened up, like you see below!
Start wrapping your yarn around one side, until it completely fills up.
Halfway there! Cut the excess yarn, and push your wrapped half into the middle so that the yarn is secured inside.
Then, repeat these steps and wrap up the second half!
Once you’re done, take your scissors and start cutting up the middle of your yarn, in between the lips. Don’t worry, your pom pom won’t fall apart, the maker is keeping it together!
Once you have cut all the yarn around the middle, take an extra piece of yarn and wrap it around the middle of the pom pom (see below), pulling it tight and tying a knot around each side. The tighter and more secure, the better!
Then, just pop your maker back open (do one lip at a time, just like you did to open it up before you started wrapping), pull the two halves apart, and voila! You can leave the excess string that you used to secure the pom pom or trim it, depending on what you’re using them for.
Then, just use your hot glue gun to secure the pom poms to your bag! I used the blue pom pom (it was my tester to make sure I knew how to do i!) as a tassel, and braided some extra string to hang around the strap of the bag.
And you’re all done! It took me less than an hour, mostly because I had to watch the video tutorial a few times while I followed along. It all depends on how many pom poms you are making, as well. If you don’t want to make your own, there are tons of options to purchase pre-made ones!
I linked up a few ready-to-go pom pom bags below! If you aren’t crafty, these are a great option (and sooo cute!). But, if you want a much more budget-friendly option, use them for inspiration and make your own DIY pom pom tote!