Make a Yarn Pom Pom Owl

Kate Miller-Wilson
finished pom pom owl

Making an adorable yarn pom pom owl is a fun and easy project that's perfect for crafters of all ages. These owls make cute party or table decorations, and they can also work as charming gift toppers.

How to Make a Pom Pom Owl

This owl is a simple project that will take about 20 minutes to complete. If children will be making the owl, substitute white craft glue for the glue gun.

Things You'll Need

  • Skein of variegated yarn
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Craft felt in assorted colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks or white craft glue

What to Do

  1. Start by making the pom pom. There are several ways to do this, but the easiest is to wrap yarn around a piece of cardboard. Simply hold the cardboard in one hand and begin wrapping the yarn over and over. Keep going until you have as much yarn as you'd like. The more yarn you use, the fuller your owl's body will be. The size of your piece of cardboard will determine the size of your pom pom.
    pom pom
  2. Cut a piece of yarn that's about eight inches long. Carefully slide the wrapped yarn off the cardboard, keeping all the layers together. Tie the eight-inch piece of yarn around the center of the bundle, pulling the knot as tight as possible.
  3. Slide the scissors into the yarn bundle and cut through all the loops. This will create your pom pom. Don't worry if the shape isn't exactly what you want. You can simply trim the ends of yarn to give it the shape you have in mind.
    pom pom
  4. Cut a small triangle out of yellow felt for the beak. Cut six felt circles for the eyes. You can choose any color you like, but it's good to pick a darker shade for the largest circle, white for the middle size, and black or dark brown for the pupils. Also cut two feet out of the yellow felt, and a pair of wings from a shade that will match your yarn. While you're cutting, heat up your glue gun if you're using one.
  5. Glue the pupils to the medium-sized circles. Then glue the medium-sized circles to the larger circles. Glue the eyes to the owl. Glue the feet, wings, and beak on as well. Allow the glue to dry.
  6. Give your owl a final trim.

Helpful Tips

Keep these tips in mind to make your owl project as easy as possible:

  • If you're crafting with kids, cut out the eyes, nose, and feet ahead of time. These tiny felt pieces can be a challenge for little fingers.
  • Get creative with the colors. There's no reason your owl needs to be tan or brown. Experiment with pink, green, and other fun shades.
  • If you're in a hurry, you can substitute store-bought googly eyes for the felt circles.
  • If you're making a very large pom pom, use many layers of yarn to help give it enough pouf to support the felt pieces.

A Cute and Easy Project

Making a pom pom owl is a fun way to spend an afternoon. You can use your finished owl to decorate a tabletop, or you can add a loop of yarn to turn it into a holiday ornament or hanging decoration. Either way, you'll have a cute reminder of your fun project.

Make a Yarn Pom Pom Owl