The Perfect Gift: Yarn Ball Bookmark

October 22, 2012

DIY pom pom bookmark

Created by Jane from See Jane Blog . Edited by Amy Christie.

Has the weather turned cold where you live? In my neighborhood, temperatures have dropped and my instincts are to spend the day cozied up with a favorite book and favorite mug full of hot cocoa. Are you the same? I’m sure you have many fellow book worms in your neighborhood, so I thought it would be fun to create a charming little bookmark that would make a great anytime gift for anyone that needs a little fall comfort.

DIY pom pom bookmark
DIY pom pom bookmark

It was actually my daughter’s clever idea to make yarn pom pom balls in the style of a bookmark. This is the perfect anytime gift because it’s affordable, easy to make, and turns out a fluffy ball of cuteness. It’s sure to improve the look of any book!

DIY pom pom bookmark

Supplies:
-yarn
-scissors

That’s it! You do want your scissors to be sharp, or the last step will be difficult. And you do not need any special tools for this pom pom ball – just your fingers!

*Before you start, cut an 8-10 inch piece of yarn and a 15 inch piece of yarn and set it aside. You will need these lengths in later steps.

DIY pom pom bookmark

To start, hold the end of the yarn in your hand, and begin wrapping the yarn around your fingers – snug but not too tight. We recommend wrapping the yarn 90 times.

DIY pom pom bookmark

Cut the yarn after 90 wraps, and carefully slide it off your fingers. Lay it down over the 8-10 inch piece of yarn. Tightly tie a knot around the middle of the 90 loops.

DIY pom pom bookmark

To add the bookmark ‘tail’, use the 15-inch piece of yarn, tie it around the same string you used to tie the 90 loops together, as seen in the pictures above.

DIY pom pom bookmark

At this point, your yarn pom pom ball should look like the picture above.

DIY pom pom bookmark

Next, holding the ball on it’s side, slide your scissors through the yarn loops and start cutting. Instant fluffy yarn!

DIY pom pom bookmark

This is what your pom pom will look like — it will start to resemble a ball, but is in dire need of a haircut!

DIY pom pom bookmark

Start snipping! {WARNING: be careful NOT to cut off the bookmark tail! Hold it out of the way while you snip.} With this step, you need to cut the yarn pom pom into the shape of a ball. Continue to turn and snip the yarn, looking at the ball from different angles while doing so. Keep rounding it off until you are pleased with the shape. This step does take practice, and you will improve with each ball you make.

DIY pom pom bookmark

Voila! Your pom pom ball will appear!

DIY pom pom bookmark
DIY pom pom bookmark

These bookmarks are sure to put a smile on any bookworm’s face, and the best part of this project is that kids can make them all by themselves!

THIS IDEA WOULD ALSO BE GREAT FOR:

- A gift for a teacher — just add a favorite book!
- A little gift for guests at your next book club gathering.
- A craft activity at a book-themed birthday party.

P.S. — We love making gifts! You can find all the posts in this series here.

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{ 83 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy Hackworth October 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Cute! And fun! And totally fall! Great project, Jane!

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2 Karen F October 22, 2012 at 12:13 pm

these are adorable!

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3 Danyelle October 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm

This is a great project, Jane! Thank you for sharing!

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4 Jenni Bailey October 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

These are perfection! One, because I am always losing bookmarks and end up using my boring old library or bookstore receipt 99% of the time. And two, because I am forever in search of yarn crafts (I LOVE yarn) that don’t involve knitting, which I never have gotten the hang of! This honestly just made my day!!

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5 amy c October 22, 2012 at 7:59 pm

So glad!

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6 NancyY October 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

These are lovely! These would also be great as gift ‘bows’ for a book or any other reading-related gift. I plan on using this idea at the holidays.

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7 amy c October 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm

They are perfect for the holidays!

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8 melinda ke October 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm

These are so cute, but my kitty would be bad and rip them out of the book to bat them around!

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9 photomonica October 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm

love. love. love. these are perfect to do for a christmas tree garland AND gift wrapping! thank you for the great photos too!

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10 Maria @ Busy as a Bee in Paris October 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm

so so cute! just had to pin it ! but not before making about a dozen of them while watching a movie with my hubby tonight! thanks for sharing and i really loved the interview!

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11 amy c October 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Thank you! They are so simple to make and so fun!

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12 Jess at SewSet October 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I adore these bookmarks and this simple gift idea, so well done. The pictures are fabulous!

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13 phyllis October 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

gonna do this!

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14 Shazia October 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Thank you this is such a lovely idea for all our teachers!

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15 Iva [in my studio] October 23, 2012 at 6:41 am

absolutely smart idea and get kids to love reading! Love the colour contrast too!

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16 Meg October 23, 2012 at 8:14 am

Such a cute idea — and goodness knows I need inspiration on what to do with all my leftover yarn from random projects. Seems like a fun and practical way to use it all up!

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17 Jessica October 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

Hi Gabrielle. This is a brilliant idea. I posted it here on my german website.
http://schoenstricken.de/2012/10/pompom-lesezeichen/
Please check if its ok for you!
Best from Berlin, Jessica

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18 Michelle Muckala October 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm

The cutest things ever! Adorable, thanks for sharing!!

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19 Valeria October 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

adorei a ideia foi fazer para amigos! que curte a leitura :)

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20 K October 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm

How adorable! What a wonderful gift to give along with a book! How about adding a bead or charm at the end?!

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21 Christen October 29, 2012 at 7:51 am

Your site is so cute! I too am a blogger and have a popular site. I was wondering if I could share you site and do a giveaway. Maybe a few pompom bookmarks?
Check out my site: http://www.blueeggbrownnest.com

I am a mom and have a small business refinihsing antique furniture & interiors in Washington, DC

Christen

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22 Marie October 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

These are insanely cute! Really, can’t get enough. I will be pom-pomming this week!

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23 ALison October 30, 2012 at 5:33 am

So, so cute and easy! I see bookmarks in all my nieces and nephews Christmas bags!
Ali
http://www.40tasks@blogspot.com

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24 Benji October 30, 2012 at 8:53 am

I love anything pom pom related. I can not wait to give it a try. I’d like to try it with other decor related applications too. Perhaps a yard with some metal fibers! Hmm….

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25 Deb Gokey October 30, 2012 at 9:43 am

Great idea! Possible improvement on the design: If you double the tail making it one-inch (plus) longer that the height of the book, you can slip one thread inside the front cover and the second thread where you stopped reading. Nicely holds the bookmark in place even when you are reading.

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26 Jane Rhodes November 17, 2012 at 9:54 am

great idea Deb, I am going to try it!

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27 Ali October 30, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Made one today…I made it a little bigger, but will probably make the kids ones smaller…so cute!
http://www40tasks.blogspot.com

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28 Ellie November 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I made one of these but you can still see the string in the middle what could I do to make it so I can’t see the string anymore?

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29 Jane Rhodes November 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

Ellie, I would try wrapping your fingers with more loops, you want it to be so “full” that it hides the string… good luck, i hope this helps.

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30 Sarah November 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

Gret Tutorial!!!! I have 2 Pomeranians who love pom-poms and were constantly pulling mine out of my book. I fixed it by lengthening the 18′ string and tying a loop to put the pom-pom through. No more loosing my spot!

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31 Martina November 7, 2012 at 4:09 am

Oh this is so cute and it actually seems pretty easy! Thanks xxx

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32 Holly November 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm

So simple yet lovely! And perfect because I am a new knitter and was looking for projects for leftover bits of yarn.

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33 Amy @Making Life Whimsical November 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I am loving these! I’m going to make these for my 40th birthday where I’m doing 40 whimsical acts of kindness. I’m going to pass them out as people leave our local bookstore! Perfect! Thank you for sharing this!

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34 diana November 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm

omg! im making them for christmas presents, everyone loves them!!! my mom was like whaaaaatttt. i was sooo happy i found this. thanx so much for posting this:))))

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35 CARMEN RAVELO November 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm

THIS ARE NICE, CHEAP,EASY TO DO, AND ADORABLE!!! THANKS!!!!!

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36 Kelsey November 16, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Hi, I love this idea and I’ve bought the things to make them for part of a holiday gift bag, but i keep having the same problem, once i tie the yarn and start to cut the middle seam is really apparent, it never looks like a ball or as perfect as yours (even before I start cutting) Is there something I’m doing wrong?

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37 Jane Rhodes November 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

try wrapping your fingers more times, maybe 120? also try trimming the ball a bit shorter, it should help to make the pom more fluffy, helping to hide the seam. and, make sure you tie it tightly, it helps to get the seam down deep inside. i hope this helps, it takes a little practice, but it’s fun practice!

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38 kellie November 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

these are adorable!!!

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39 Stephyrandom November 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I’m really excited about making these with my 6year old daughter who loves craft.
I was thinking of putting ribbon as the long tail do you think this would effect the shape of the ball?

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40 brittney November 20, 2012 at 11:45 am

thes would look really cute with a color zipper pull at the other end othe the yarn, and it could give it a bit of weight, or even a paperclip.

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41 Patty Virginia November 20, 2012 at 5:42 pm

these are the cutest things. Great for stocking stuffers. Pinned and shared on FB.

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42 Christina at I Gotta Create! November 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Love your fun little bookmarks! Pinning :)

<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
Wildly Original linky party is open

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43 Britteny November 22, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Hello,
I have been trying a number of times to make these as nicely as you do, and haven’t succeeded. I have done the “corrections” you mentioned to a couple others, but without success. I have wrapped more than 90 times and tied the middle string as tight as I possibly could. Even the cutting it super short didn’t work…every time my middle string shows. I don’t know what I am doing wrong.

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44 gina jones November 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm

This is AWESOMESAUCE!!! Gifts my girls can make all of their classmates a Christmas gift + sell them at a craft fair for spending money during our upcoming cross country road trip… plus I can do it as an activity at my creative studios and SO much more! Thanks for sharing :)

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45 Liz November 26, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Love this idea! I’m making them for all my little gifts this Christmas!
I’m adding a crocheted chain as the string, it gives it a little pop and helps offset the weight of the pom-pom.

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46 Madeline December 1, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I love these! The first time I tried to make a Pom Pom with different instructions, it was a complete mess! I cannot wait to make this bookmark!!!!!

Follow my book worming, decorating, crafting, and partying at http://www.thelittledecorator.blogspot.com.

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47 Lisa December 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm

soooooooooooo AWESOME going to have to make .love your blog !

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48 Sinea Pies December 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

This is the neatest little gift! I love it, love it, LOVE it! Pinned, shared, tellin’ everyone about it! :)

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49 Leela December 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I really really love this idea. Thanks for sharing :)

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50 Dawn December 17, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I’m just finding these now – so cute! I made one last night and one today with my daughter. To make ours a bit fancier we braided the ‘tail’ and put a bead or two on the end. Thanks for this easy but awesome craft project.

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51 Carole January 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I love these!

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52 Trina January 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

:D These are so sweet and adorable and easy, easy, easy. Adding them to the 52 Weeks Project queue! Thank you for sharing such great pictures.

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53 tory January 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

omg! so cute i love this, yet it just gave me an idea to make a bunch of pom-poms into my wedding bouquet with floral wire and a long tail on the pom-pom! its perfect for my DIY wedding! thx for sharing :)

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54 elji January 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

I LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing. and thanks for your blog :-b

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55 Rachel February 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

I love the idea, but when I try to trim my pom-poms, they fall apart. Any ideas as to what I am doing wrong?

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56 Barbara May 12, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Hi Rachel
When you tie the pom pom you have to make that knot as tight as possible – REALLY tight. Then when you go to cut through the wool loops, the ball stays stable. It’s simple enough to trim the cut wool pieces to the same length but do this carefully.
Enjoy this, it’s a lovely craft.

Bx

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57 Michele February 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm

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This is the cutest idea ever! I had to pin AND blog them. I’ve been meaning to try making pom poms for a while and now I have a totally legitimate reason hah

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I love this! I will add this to my list of crafts my kids and I can make together over the summer!

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My 12-year-old daughter just tried making one, and it turned out very well. We will be making these at her craft-themed birthday party in a few days – many thanks for the clear directions and helpful pics!

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74 Abby R November 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Just made one myself in about 5 minutes and I love it so much!! Easy, cute, AND functional! I can’t wait to make these for all my friends! :)

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75 Mandy December 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

You make it look so easy! I can never get my pom pom that tight

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Such a great tutorial. My kids will love making these.

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78 Loretta February 11, 2014 at 2:22 pm

When my sisters and I get together, we sometimes like to do Pinterest parties (knock some projects off our Pinterest boards) and this officially has been added to my “must-do” list! Thanks so much for the cute idea. Plus, I have loads of extra yarn that has to go somewhere :)

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So cute! I love these little bookmarks. But I have to ask a weird question, where are those beautiful books from?

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These are cute and won’t damage the pages.

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I made them just like the instructions said and they fell apart

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