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Pom Pom Ornaments

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Kids can easily create these super-cute pom pom ornaments! With just a few simple supplies, you can make these fun ornaments to give as gifts or to hang on the Christmas tree. An easy kid’s craft for a fun and festive afternoon.

colorful pom pom ornaments

Pom Pom Ornaments Tutorial

Pom poms make this a colorful project and the tacky glue helps to make it easy to assemble with low mess. Most kids 5 and up can easily manage this project with minimal adult supervision. I made several examples to show you, using balls ranging from 1 1/2″ diameter to 3″ diameter and used pom poms ranging in size up to 1/2.”

Want more ideas using styrofoam balls? Check out my Snowman Garland, and this Jumbo Vintage Snowman Ornament!

pom pom ornaments on christmas tree

Supplies you need to make a Pom Pom Ornament

You probably have a lot of these supplies on hand. Many of these supplies can be found and big box stores and dollar stores.

supplies for pom pom ornaments

Crafting Tips:

  • If you are using a paper mache ball, you will need to hold the ball instead of using the skewer.
  • You can use white school glue instead of tacky glue.
  • If crafting with a group of kids, an adult can prepare steps 1-2 ahead of time and should help with step 5.
  • If using a paper mache ornament, the hanger should already be attached and you will be able to skip step 5. 

How to make this Pom Pom Ornament

  1. Put a small amount of tacky glue on the paper plate or piece of tin foil.
  2. Insert the wood skewer or the pointed end of the paintbrush into the craft foam ball. This is so you can hold the ball while adding poms. Kind of like a lollipop!

inserting skewer into styrofoam ball

  1. Plan the design. Kids can mix all sorts of colors or plan a design creating stripes or other designs with specific colored pom poms.

little boy gluing pom poms to styrofoam ball

  1. Glue on pom poms. Dip one pom pom in the tacky glue and then press on to the ball. Continue to dip/add pom poms tucking the poms close together so you don’t see the ball underneath. 

attaching ribbon to ornament

  1. Add the Ribbon Loop.  First, create the ribbon loop for hanging by folding your ribbon in half and tying the 2 ends together. Next with the ribbon still folded, position the end of the ribbon loop in the pom poms so that the end with the knot is at the top (see photo). Push the straight pin through the ribbon and into the foam ball. If you want, you can secure the pin with a dab of glue. 

little boy hanging ornament on christmas tree

  1. Let Dry. Gently rest the ornament on a covered work surface. Allow at least 1/2 hour to dry (the paper mache ornament will dry faster than the foam ball).

These ornaments take between 20-40 minutes to make plus the drying time, which makes for a nice afternoon project. If you want a longer or more complex project, you can add small decorations like a ribbon bow, or shake on some glitter (not low mess!)

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Adding ribbon bows is optional, but makes them so much cuter! These pom pom ornaments look great on a tree or garland, or even attached to a gift box. While they are easy for kids, everyone can have fun making them and decorating for the holidays!

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Pom Pom Ornaments

Pom poms make this a colorful project and the tacky glue helps to make it easy to assemble with low mess. A great craft for kids to make as gifts or to hang on the Christmas tree.

Prep Time30 mins

Drying Time30 mins

Total Time1 hr

Course: Kids Crafts

Cuisine: Christmas

Servings: 1 ornament

Supplies

  • White tacky glue
  • Styrofoam ball
  • 12″ long 1/4″ wide ribbon
  • pom poms Assorted colors and sizes

Craft tools

Instructions

  • Put a small amount of tacky glue on the paper plate or piece of tin foil.

  • Insert the wood skewer or the pointed end of the paintbrush into the craft foam ball. This is so you can hold the ball while adding poms. Kind of like a lollipop!

  • Plan the design. Kids can mix all sorts of colors or plan a design creating stripes or other designs with specific colored pom poms.

  • Glue on pom poms. Dip one pom pom in the tacky glue and then press on to the ball. Continue to dip/add pom poms tucking the poms close together so you don’t see the ball underneath. 

  • Add the Ribbon Loop.  First, create the ribbon loop for hanging by folding your ribbon in half and tying the 2 ends together. Next with the ribbon still folded, position the end of the ribbon loop in the pom poms so that the end with the knot is at the top (see photo). Push the straight pin through the ribbon and into the foam ball. If you want, you can secure the pin with a dab of glue.

  • Let Dry. Gently rest the ornament on a covered work surface. Allow at least 1/2 hour to dry (the paper mache ornament will dry faster than the foam ball).

Notes

  • If you are using a paper mache ball, you will need to hold the ball instead of using the skewer.
  • You can use white school glue instead of tacky glue.
  • If crafting with a group of kids, an adult can prepare steps 1-2 ahead of time and should help with step 5.
  • If using a paper mache ornament, the hanger should already be attached and you will be able to skip step 5. 

Ann Kollegger

Ann Pianta Kollegger has designed craft products, greeting cards and other products which have been sold nationwide. Her most valuable creative moments have been with her own kids and with the patients she worked with at a local children’s hospital.

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