How to make animal pom-poms

How to make animal pom-poms

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

After making those flower pompoms, I couldn’t help making more. Maybe it’s called procrastination. I have hundreds of other things on my to-do list, but then this week I thought, well, hey let’s just make more pompoms!

Among many other ideas, I went for having a go at animal pompoms. It’s just that kids love animals most and that’s what matters here on Mr P! They are a little more difficult to make if you’ve never tried making pompoms, so in that case, start with the flower pompoms here then you’ll be able to easily move on to more complex designs.

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

Basically the method is the same. Start with good simple designs that are not too tricky to achieve. Draw your design neatly on paper first so you can follow it clearly. See the flower pompom tutorial if you need to get used to the basic process, because I’ve skipped a few steps in this post.

Start with the nose and mouth in the middle, wrap around the surrounding face color on top of this, a little wrapping floating in the middle for the eyes then finishing with more face color. Then you’ll need to make animal ears.

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

Place a pencil (or your finger) on one end and wrap extra yarn around it a bit like this. Make sure this is the top of the head end, during one of my many dips in concentration I put the ears on the jaw line – you don’t want to end up with a mutant animal. : ( But then pompoms are good to make while thinking about something else at the same time so if it happens and you notice that the ears are in the wrong place when you cut it,  just move the longer ear parts to the other side before you finally tie up the pompom.

I had a comment from a reader who thought my pompoms looked perfect and hers weren’t. My answer was that it’s all in the trimming. So I took a photo of the animals before the trimming this time. If your pompoms look like this below at first don’t worry!

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables
Before the trimming: a sad koala.

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables
Yay! After some careful trimming, your pompoms will find their identity. A happy koala!

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

Here are more detailed step-by-step photos showing how to make a lion pompom.

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

I’m still using the same cardboard pompom maker I used for the flowers. They don’t look very presentable but work fine. ^ ^
The pics show the top & side view of wrapping the nose part and then the white bits around the mouth over the nose.

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables
After you wrap some face color all over then add a little bit of black on top where the eyes would be.
Then wrap more face color to finish off the whole face.

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

To make the lion’s mane, place two pencils (or anything that works for this purpose) as in the picture so you can wrap longer yarn all around. Take out the pencils and do the rest of the steps to finish.

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

Here again, the lion before you give him a good haircut.

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

And after the trimming. A clean shaven proud lion!

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

I should’ve made male and female lions so they could be a couple, but the mane part is quite fun to add so here they are. Two lion boys – the best of friends!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my DIY pom-pom tutorials so far – have a go! Especially when you have more pressing (but less enjoyable) things to do… : )

DIY Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

How to Make Animal Pompoms - Tutorial | Mr Printables

  • Maria Fernanda Iglesias


  • Mónica Peña

    And the instructions for the panda?? :O That was the one I wanted to make. This is amazing!

    • mrprintables

      If you try the basics of flower pompoms first and get the hang of how it works then you can apply it to the panda and the bear – or any design. As described, draw a line through the middle of your design and start wrapping with the colors that meet the middle line first then move towards the outer circle. For the panda, for example, wrap the black nose first then white on top of it, black again for where the eyes would be, then finish with white for the rest. Then use black color for the ears as described above. Sorry I couldn’t put the step-by-step pics of every design but the process and principal is the same for all designs. Maybe you can try the flower and lion first following the steps then you can make panda yourself easily. Hope this helps. ^ ^

      • Mónica Peña

        Thank you so much!!! I love your website. Greetings from Colombia South America

    • ANNETTE Bernadette

      did you find it, i am looking for it tto!

  • Candi Daitch

    These are awesome, thank you!!

    • mrprintables

      Thank you Candi ^ ^

  • Ally Ebdon

    Oh my goodness this is so amazing. I am so super impressed with your skills. This is truly original!

    • mrprintables

      Thanks Ally! They are quite straight forward once you try. Of course it took me a few pompoms to get it to work well. Hope you give it a go!

  • savage seeds

    So adorable!

    • mrprintables

      Thanks ^ ^

  • del4yo

    drop dead cute !!

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  • Rianne Bakker

    This is soooo cool! Really, it’s an unbelievable good idea! greetings from HaBa From Holland!

    • mrprintables

      Thanks Rianne!

  • Susannah Findlay

    Love these pompom animals. What a great craft for the kids!

    • mrprintables

      I hope the kids enjoy them!

  • Rianne Bakker

    tried the lion, but used too less yarn.. Will give it a try again. It’s fun! Thank you!

    • mrprintables

      Keep going! ^ ^ You’ll have a much better feel for it second time around.

  • Jess

    These are flippin’ genius. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

    • mrprintables

      Thank you Jess ^ ^

  • jekbot

    oh my. you are freakishly FANTASTIC! i want your brain. i love these and the flowers. thank you for the diy!

    • mrprintables

      Hope you enjoy!

  • Hodge Podge

    Love, love, LOVE these – they are the cutest! :D
    Must try…

    • mrprintables

      Thanks – hope you do try!

  • Karen

    So much fun!!!! You are fabulous for figuring this out and sharing. Thank you.

    • mrprintables

      Thanks Karen!

  • sonia

    Amazing! Love them all!

    • mrprintables

      Thank you Sonia!

  • Fiona Harding

    oh my goodness, these are so awesome!

  • Elodie Alain

    Comment as-tu réalisé le panda? Il est trop biien je veux faire le même!! :)

    • mrprintables

      I answered the same question below – hope you can find it! Just scroll down to the very bottom. Thanks!

    • ANNETTE Bernadette

      moi aussi j’aimerais avoir le tutoriel du panda, je travaille avec mes élèves sur l’album “limei le petit panda”

  • Anne

    Hi, these are so cute!
    Any chance of placing an order with you to buy some already made animals for a time poor desperate woman who wants to pass animal pompoms on for a new baby present?

    • mrprintables

      Hi Anne, I’m so sorry – I don’t have any to sell. ^ ^ I wish I had time to make some available but I’m afraid it’s not possible at the moment. Hope you find nice presents!

  • trixandeli .

    your pom pom animals are really quite amazing!

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  • lilly

    can you think of any way to design a giraffe? i just cant imagine a pattern shape for it…..

    • mrprintables

      Hm, I’d love a giraffe too. If I get around to do more, I’ll definitely think about it! ^ ^

  • melimelostudio

    wow! absolutely stunning! thanks for sharing the process. It definitely needs a try:)

    • mrprintables

      Thanks! I’m seeing some already on instagram. Please feel free to share here or on facebook if you make some. ^ ^

  • El Bagul dels Jocs

    ¡Preciosos!!!!! :OOOO

    • Nikita Ceban

      aqui se habla ingles

  • Michelle

    how did you make the tiger and the bear???

  • Michelle

    your post is very adorable!

  • Frances Ortega

    Amazing! So pretty! I can’t wait to have my very own lion pom pom.

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  • Alba Montesinos Villén

    I’ve tried to make the panda and the bear but… I can’t :( Could you post the tutorial, please?

    • mrprintables

      Hi Alba, sorry I couldn’t post step-by-step images for every animal, but tried to explain how to start and use the technique. Hope you give it a try again!

    • ANNETTE Bernadette

      yes i need the panda tutorial too!

  • Lindsey Gonzalez

    These are fabulous. You do such beautiful work. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. I bought a pom pom maker a while ago for another project but this looks more fun! Now I have to find more yarn!

  • Paula

    Amazing! Such a good idea! They are soooo cute. I am going to make a handful with my kids (who, by the way, go by the nickname of pom-poms ;^))

  • Maria Tereza Althoff




  • april

    I use a pom pom maker. How and where do you place the colors for the face to give the animal its features.please send to my email ..

  • NRS Schapiro

    Love this, had to share…one day I will try this!

  • Linden Magruder Langberg

    Absolutely amazing! Great way to use up small scraps of yarn. Your direction are wonderful. I will start with a flower and then must make LSU tigers.

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    • mrprintables

      Merci beaucoup! ^ ^

  • Natacha

    Wow, amazing idea ! Thank you ! I tried the bear, it almost turned out as a bear, I will try it again (I messed up the ears). I do have one question though : how do you if you’ve put enough wool, when do you sop wrapping face colours around everything and around the back part ?

  • YY

    I wonder how do you make the nose of the lion in triangle shape. Mine one was square. =(

    • mrprintables

      Wrap the top end only once and gradually wrap more layers towards the other end of the nose part, imagine a triangle shape as you wrap it. Hope this helps! ^ ^

      • YY

        Thank you so much for the tips!!!

  • Deanna McArthur

    That’s just amazing. I just tried making pompom flowers today and came across this. I will definitely have to try this out!

  • Jeannie

    I love this so much! I think this weekend I’ll try to make some jack-o-lanturns for Halloween!!

  • mysparetimedesign

    absolutely amazing!

  • pakkausseloste

    This is how I made my panda and how she turned out to be. :)

    • mrprintables

      Wow thank you! I meant to make the diagram but just no time… this will be so helpful to many people. Thanks for sharing – very kind of you : D

      • Claudia Gama

        ail this be the same for the koala?

        • mrprintables

          Yes, you can make the koala in the same way. Good luck! ^ ^

    • Angela Ventura

      Thank you so much for the diagram!!! Now, I can try doing it to!

    • Claudia Gama Moreno

      Could you up load a video?
      I so much Will appreciate it,,,, Im having lots of problems making it,,,,,,! :(

    • Claudia Gama

      will this be the same for the koala?
      please! I will really love to make it

    • Danilink

      There are two sides of the Pompom maker? Like a circle? Or just half a circle? Thanks

    • Karine Elmajian

      Thank you for your beautiful and interesting panda can you teach me how can I do after finishing sawing before take out?

    • Harriet

      Do you have a blog? Thanks for the diagram it really helped.

      • pakkausseloste

        You’re very welcome! I do not have a blog, I’m more of a reader. I’ve been thinking to make diagrams for other animal pom-poms if people would like it. Have a great weekend Harriet!

        • Harriet

          It would be amazing if you could do more diagrams. Have you tried to make the lion yet? Shame I kind of hoped you would have a pompom inspired blog I could follow.

          • pakkausseloste

            Hey Harriet. I made a diagram for the lion, the picture is posted as a comment. Now I’m trying to make a diagram for the tiger. Maybe when someone makes a succesful pom-pom animal, he/she then can do the others as well. I’ll put the lion diagram here as well. Hope you’ll like it!

    • julia

      I need help I can’t do this every time I get up to the cutting bit it just all falls off

    • Tamara Barretto

      Hi. I love the instructions of the panda! Can u make a diagram for the tiger please? ?

  • Erika Garcia

    lovely!!! do you happen to have a video? I want to make soot sprites for my son’s 2nd birthday party and I think they would be darling like pom poms.

  • kayla2486

    I get the basic concept but I don’t know how you get from the wrapping the yarn to the untrimed stage :( How do you tie it?

  • Risakti Dwiki

    its really beautiful,thx for sharing

  • Hameetha

    It would be great if you could share some more tips on trimming. I tried making pompoms using your technique but was not able to trim them properly. A video could help.

  • Ian

    Would I be able to make a pom pom bunny if I used a triangular object to do the ear wrapping?

  • adilsa

    can you make dogs for my village please thanks

  • adilsa

    for i finished my village

  • Melanie Gannon

    Thought I’d show you mine….. =P

    • mrprintables

      Hahaha, thanks for sharing Melinie, it’s almost there! Cute ; )

  • Tiana O

    You should make Christmas pompoms!! I would LOVE that so much. Officially obsessed with pompoms :)

  • Adriane Aires

    It would be great if you could share in more detailed the dimension of your cardboard and exact place where you fold it. My pom poms are getting pretty big.
    Also it would be nice to know how many times you go around with the yard on the cardboard.
    These pom pom are so adorable and thank you so so much for sharing your idea. I am so hooked:-)

  • Tina Tung

    How do you do the tiger ? do you have detail steps? :) this is really cute!

  • Aurélie

    Hello, I’m Aurelie from France. Your pompoms are fabulous. I tried to do the lion but it was a failure. The nose is too big, the eyes are too far appart… :-(
    It must try again…

    • mrprintables

      Yay! Thanks for sharing Aurélie, that looks brilliant! I wouldn’t call it a failure, it’s a perfect lion!

      • Aurélie

        It’s very kind of you but the nose is huge… It makes me laugh. :-)
        Your lion is perfect and soooo beautiful…. Aurélie

  • Viiriäinen

    I felt my Panda needed a pair of googly eyes :)

    • mrprintables

      Haha, hurray for googly eyes! Thanks for sharing : )

  • Fuzze4u

    These are awesome!! I love them. Do you by chance sell them?

    • mrprintables

      Thanks & sorry for the late reply. Unfortunately we don’t sell them. ^ ^

  • Fuzze4u

    I love these! Do you by chance sell them?

  • Fox.

    Aaawww… they are so cute. I really love them. I have to try this out :)

  • Claudia Gama Moreno

    You are an artiist, Im im loved with this animals,
    Could you upload a video or specific pictures of the making of the kohala?
    This is the first time for me seein this art!!

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  • Ljy Joyce

    But how do I take the yarn/pattern from the tube/cardboard? With pics would be a good idea! Thks!

  • Carol Anne Lawless

    Please tell me what weight yarn you use.

  • timetodance

    I was wondering what type of yarn you used because it can make a big difference

    Sorry if you said and i missed it :P

    • mrprintables

      @disqus_cDZF5CQdRq:disqus @carolannelawless:disqus I don’t know the exact weight but I use what’s labeled as DK (Double Knitting) wool yarn! Hope this helps. Thanks!

  • BanyoUK

    I just reach at your post Now I will try ……… Really nice work

  • Michelle

    These are crazy cute. I decided to use my big Clover Pompom maker to make a jumbo sized pink and yellow panda with some leftover yarn. The pattern even translates to BIG poms! Here’s my first try! He turned out so adorable I had to share. It is definitely all in the trimming. Since I had a big pom (2.5″), I could contour his head a bit.

    • mrprintables

      So cute!! Thanks for sharing : )

  • Bluejay Tsai

    Do the pompoms have two faces on them?

    • mrprintables

      No, the design’s only on the front face. You can make the other side plain. ^ ^

      • Bluejay Tsai

        thanks :)

  • seohyun

    Wow!It’s very Good! I wish I could make a panda.Could you put me how to make here? Please be advised.

  • dcrim

    My OH MYYYY!! I have wandered into very dangerous territory, I can see clearly!! I shall be buried in adorable pom poms in the very near future!! Your creations are FABULOUS!!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us all!! I think this is such GREAT FUN!!! I have made plain ol pom poms for many years, but never anything as WONDERFUL as these ADORABLE characters!!! BRAVO!!!!!

  • pakkausseloste

    Here’s a diagram for the lion!

  • Susan Gish

    I was able to do the panda & am addicted! Hopefully I will understand the concept to create my own, but I am having trouble figuring out how it looks round! My mind doesn’t work that way!

  • Susan Gish

    I like these side diagrams…Are there more somewhere? I will try the letters after I understand the concept fully…

  • KrunLek

    I like so much. Thank you from Thailand.

  • Robyn Petrik

    These are adorable! I also really enjoyed reading through the comments and seeing all the other ones people made.

  • Amanda Melo Venceslau

    Wow, how cute is that!! :) Thanks for sharing! I usually don’t get really interested about craft projects (I am not too good at it) but these cuties and your flowers made me get all excited to start making some!! I have tried thr panda and lion, I still need to practice alot until I get them as cute as yours! My daugther loved them even though they aren’t perfect (she’s almost 3 yrs old).

  • Jess06

    Yep upload a vid

  • Alex

    Can the be used to make Keychains ? :)


    Ce serait dommage d’avoir tissé pour rien ce lion (pauvre de lui !), du coup, je mets en ligne sa dépouille !

    Comme quoi, ce n’est pas donné à tout le monde :) A retenter.. un jour… peut être…

  • Leadolce

    Thank you so much for these great tutorials. I have had so much fun creating these little animals.. My first one, the Koala is a bit upside down but not bad for first go. The Lion is much better but I need to work on getting the eyes in the right place. You have also inspired me to make my own creation, a Fox. I love it. Super cute! Thanks so much again!

    • Miss Poipois

      your fox is really cute !!
      I’m waiting for my pompom machine to try all these animals !

  • Marina Levy

    It is so cute!
    But how you trimm it so well?

    Thank you in advance

  • Tamara Barretto

    Hi! I love these pom poms. they’re adorable! I made a lion ….. Can you please show me the process for a tiger?

  • Miss Poipois

    thank you for sharing and for the diagrams !! very nice and sooooooooooooooo cute !! I’m waiting for my achine and I absolutely want to try !