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Lesson: How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms

Our favorite way to create funky multi-colored pom poms!

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"Tie Dye" pom poms is our term for colorful, haphazard pom poms! There are no rules when making them, but here is a fun & fool-proof formula to get you started!

How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms - The Neon Tea Party

step one

Begin with one color of yarn. Pin it to your tool using your finger. The yarn will secure in place once you wrap around about two times.

How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms - The Neon Tea Party

step two

Wrap a solid layer of your first color, making sure to end your wrapping on the inside of your tool nearest your hand.

How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms - The Neon Tea Party

step three

Set the first color aside either by holding it off to the side or by cutting and tucking the tail under some of the wraps. Start your next layer the same way as Step One, but this time wrap two (or more!) colors at the same time!

How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms - The Neon Tea Party

step four

Wrap a new layer of your color blend, remembering to wrap back towards the inside of your tool if you plan to set the finished colors aside without cutting, or else you can cut and tuck when you're done wrapping.

How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms - The Neon Tea Party

step five

Continue on adding layers as you like! Here we switch back to a solid color.

How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms - The Neon Tea Party

step six

Followed by a mix! If you've been setting aside the yarn colors, you can pull those colors back in as you want to use them! Just make sure your yarns don't get too tangled!

How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms - The Neon Tea Party

step seven

Continue wrapping layers, switching off between solids, color mixes, color blocks, anything you like!

How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms - The Neon Tea Party

step eight

Stop wrapping once you've achieved a plump yarn bundle. You can also count your revolutions as you go and stop once you get to your desired revolution count based on your pom pom size. You can find our revolution chart on our How to Make Pom Poms tutorial.

Cut and tuck all yarn strands that are connected to your yarn balls.

How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms - The Neon Tea Party

step nine

Head to our How to Make Pom Poms tutorial to follow step-by-step instructions on how to tie and trim your pom pom! The reveal with this pattern is the most satisfying!

How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms - The Neon Tea Party

step ten

Voila! Your gorgeously colorful tie dye-inspired pom pom!

How to Make Tie Dye Pom Poms - The Neon Tea Party

step eleven

Continue experimenting with different color and pattern combos as you wrap your yarn layers! The joy of this pattern is that there are now rules, and the results are always FABULOUS!

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