How to Make a Pom Pom Wand Tutorial



DIY craft for making a pom pom style wand

No longer seen as an old fashioned craft, pom poms are very much back in vogue and are perfect for so many crafts and decorations. Pom poms are now also made from fabric and tulle netting which is pretty modern and cutting edge.

Wands that you want to make for kid's dressing up and for Halloween costume accessories look especially good topped off with tulle netting or satin fabric pom poms. Tulle is fun but satin fabric versions have a gorgeous silky sheen and a really raggedy shabby chic style which works brilliantly for a witch wand. 

Today I'm making one in purple and black witch themed colors. You can change the styling up to make different versions for fairies, princesses, wizards and many other magical beings. It's quick, fun and easy which is just the kind of craft I like best of all!

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How to Make a Pom Pom Wand Craft Tutorial


When I mention pom pom crafts, you're probably thinking of the old yarn versions. These were used a lot on handmade clothes back in the 1970s when that was seen as pretty fashionable. Nowadays we can make them in funky looking yarns, try variegated color change yarns and glitter ones for something different.

Fabric pom pom, wooden knitting needles, black cord, glue sticks, scissors

What You Need for this Fabric or Tulle Pom Pom Wand Tutorial:


  • A wand base. I love up-cycling my old wooden knitting needles because they are ideal in terms of sizing, especially when used as wands for kids. The needles would otherwise just be lying there. If you don't have any going spare then you can alternatively use dowel with a width of 1/4 inch and cut down to a length of 12-15 inches depending on who it is for.
  • Your finished pom pom. I've done loads of tutorials on making different kinds of these so I'll be giving you access to those tutorials when we get around to that section.
  • Yarn, thin cord or ribbon. You can use these to wrap around your wooden knitting needle or dowel stick.
  • A glue gun and some scissors. I also use a black Sharpie marker pen. 


Wrapping black cord around a wooden stick with adhesive

Use a glue gun to fix cord to the top of the dowel or wooden knitting needle

Step 1: I'm going for a real all-out Halloween look in black and purple so I choose some thin black leather cord which is about 1.5mm thickness although you could also use 2mm. This is the type of leather cord that you use for necklace beading. 

Leather cord has a great look to it with a bit of a nice sheen and gives you an alternative look from wrapping with ribbon which is great for those fairy and princess costume accessories but doesn't necessarily work so well for other looks. But know that you can do this exact same technique using thin cord, twine, yarn and even embroidery floss. 



Glue guns do work best because they are quick setting. If you have another type of adhesive that sets almost instantly then that would work but a slow dry adhesive on this project will drive you just a little bit crazy. 

You need only a small dab of glue as well so a mini glue gun version with smaller nozzle is also a bonus and easier to use. It goes without saying that the glue can be very hot especially if you're using a standard high temp version and this is not something that kids or minors should be using either. 

Start by adding a dab of adhesive at one end of your chosen wand base, either the end that's not pointy on your wooden knitting needle or either end of your dowel rod. Press the end of cord into the adhesive and allow it to set fast to secure the cord.  

Black leather cord being wrapped around a wooden stick

Wrap the cord around the wand base and fix occasionally in place with glue

Step 3: The easiest way to describe the wrapping technique is to say that you need to hold the stick in one hand (I hold in in the left as I'm right handed) and hold the cord length in your other hand. 

You twist the stick slowly over to the left and make sure the cord is always being coiled round right next to the cord wrapped previously. You don't want to see any gaps between the cord. 

Every 10-20mm or so is where you need to add another dab of glue onto the stick and then quickly wrap your cord over it. You need to do this to secure the cord properly on the wood so that it is firmly stuck in place and doesn't unravel.

Purple satin fabric pom pom and a black cord wrapped stick

Attach the fabric pom pom to the end of the wand base

Step 4: Wrap almost to the end then snip the cord and make sure it is firmly glued down into place. You now need your pom pom to fix onto this end. Here's my tutorials for you depending what type you want to make and there are of course a myriad of videos on YouTube:

Making a Standard Yarn Pom Pom with the Clover Maker

Tutorial to Make a Fabric Pom Pom

How to Make a Pom Pom from Tulle Netting

Before you add on any adhesive, find a place in your pom where the stick or knitting needle can comfortably be placed into. You need the stick to insert into the middle section of it so make sure there's some room for that first, if not poke with a pencil end to make some.

Then keeping this entry place parted with one hand (you could do with about 3 hands here) add plenty of adhesive to the end of your stick and insert up into the pom. Wiggle to make sure it's all secure and allow to set.

Black Sharpie pen and black knitting needle

Color any exposed bits of wood with a Sharpie pen

Step 5: Because I used an old knitting needle, I used a black permanent Sharpie marker to color in the end of it to match up with the color of the leather cord. 

I also used the black Sharpie to touch up down the wrapped cording where you could see some bits of the clear adhesive over the top. It just neatens it all up. You could do the same to the end of the dowel where wood is exposed as well.

Purple satin fabric topper on a black homemade wand

The scrappy fabric is an ideal look for a witch wand

Step 6: This is just to show you how the fabric looks. I made this one with a purple satin fabric and it's got a great scrappy look to it with the raw edges and threads and it's perfect for a Halloween witch wand. Tulle netting gives another look, also modern and works well with a fairy costume or a costume which also uses lots of tulle fabric. 

Black wood stick topped with purple material and ribbons

Add on ribbons and decorations to your DIY pom pom wand

Step 7: You can really go crazy at this stage and add on loads of decorations. I don't think these pom pom wands need it and that's my personal preference. I just tied some pretty ribbons under the pom and secured the knot with glue. 

It's quick and simple to do. I hope you've enjoyed reading my justhalloweencrafts page today, thanks for your visit. If you have any questions or comments, you can leave a comment below for me.

Child dressing up as a witch for Halloween


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