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How To Make Rainbow DIY Pom-Pom Flowers Decoration

Every spring I feel inspired to make some upcycled flowers this year I’ve made some DIY pom-pom flower decorations.

Last year it was a denim flower bouquet, the year before that fabric flowers from bedsheets. I’ve even made beautiful map roses in the past.

This time I decided to use up some of my yarn stashes with these pom-pom flowers. I used to dabble a bit in crochet and knitting but haven’t touched that craft for years. I think I was more attracted to beautiful yarn rather than the craft itself.

Note of warning though, be careful how you stash your yarn. When digging out my yarn supplies for this craft some of it had been attacked by moths. I had to bin that yarn, as it was useless.

My knitting and crochet skills maybe a bit minimal but I can make a mean pom-pom. In fact, I love making pom poms, I find it a relaxing thing to do whilst watching TV.

I’ve added pom poms to my denim boho pillows and my large denim tassels. This time I thought I’d get a bit more adventurous and try and make pom-pom flowers.

Marimekko Inspired Pom-Pom Flowers

If you are a regular reader of Pillarboxblue you will have noticed I have a few obsessions besides denim and maps and that is with Marimekko inspired crafts.

There is one particular Marimekko print I love and that is the Unikko poppy design. I’ve made Unikko Marimekko pillows and even painted my shed in that pattern.

I tried to channel that Marimekko inspiration with the color and design of these pom-pom flowers. I think I nearly pulled it off, definitely with the color of the flowers and almost the design.

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What You Need

  • Yarn in various colors. For each flower, you will need a small amount of black yarn for the center of each pom-pom. Then two similar colors, such as red and pink, or light blue and dark blue.
  • Then a larger ball of yarn in a cream or off white color.
assorted yarn and pom pom maker

How To Make Marimekko DIY Flower Pom-Poms

As I already mentioned these pom-poms were based on Marimekko Unikko Poppies. So each poppy pom-pom had a black center, two similar color petals, and a white/cream background.

Yarn for flower pom pom

1. First, open up the pom-pom maker into 2 half-moons and slot both pieces together. One on top of the other. To start with just focus on one half moon side of the maker.

  • Wind black yarn approximately 10 times around the center of one of the pom-pom maker halves.
  • Then, wind the red yarn approximately 30 times on top of the black yarn and a bit either side.
  • Then, wind the pink yarn approximately 70 times on top of the pink yarn and a bit either side.
  • Next, cover the whole side with the white yarn approximately 50 times.
  • Finally, cover the whole of the other side of the pom-pom maker with the white yarn. You should wind the yarn around the maker the same number of times as the other side so that would be approximately 160 times
How to Make A flower pom pom

2. When you have finished winding the yarn around the pom-pom maker, close it shut.

Top Tip: The number of times you wrap the yarn around the pom-pom maker may vary by size. Less yarn wraps for smaller pom-pom makers and more yarn wraps for larger pom-pom makers. Just keep the proportions similar for each color.

Finished pom pom maker

3. Next, using a pair of scissors cut the yarn along the spine of the pom-pom maker. Cut all the way around the spine. Then get some spare yarn and wrap it around the center tying it tightly to hold all the yarn together.

Cutting the yarn on a pom pom maker
tying the yarn around the centre

4. Finally, to finish off, open up the pom pom maker and remove the DIY pom-pom flower. Using scissors trim the pom-poms to make them more fluffy and to remove any stray yarns that are sticking up.

Removing the maker
Marimekko DIY pom pom flowers pink

Carry on making these Marimekko DIY pom-pom flowers in various color combinations. I made 10 in total, 2 flowers of each color combination.

DIY Marimekko wool pom poms

5. Next, spray paint the sticks. I sprayed each one color from the rainbow, red, yellow, orange, blue and pink. These also corresponded to the colors of DIY pom pom flowers.

spray painting the sticks

6. Finally, finish off these colorful spring flower decorations by gluing the pom-pom flowers to the rainbow-colored sticks. I glued 2 pom poms to each stick using a hot glue gun. I matched to flower colors to the stick colors.

Gluing pom pom flowers to sticks
Marimekko DIY pom pom flowers

For the colourful centres of these flowers, you don’t need much yarn/wool so this craft is a great stash buster. You could experiment by making pom-pom flowers in various sizes and colours. I made smaller colourful pompoms for these fun hanging denim decorations.

DIY pom pom flowers inside
Rainbow DIY pom pom flower decorations

My home is full of colour, I love to decorate with rainbows. You should check out the rainbow thistle decorations I have made. I’ve even made a rainbow spray-painted lampshade.

If you prefer real plants and flowers to faux ones then you should check out by repurposed rainbow planters and upcycled leather pots.

You will also find many more cool adult Marimekko inspired crafts here, like these decoupage baubles decorations.

Yield: Rainbow pom-pom flower decoration

Marimekko DIY Pom-Pom Flowers

Marimekko DIY Pom-Pom Flowers

This craft is a great yarn stash buster and fun to make. The pom-pom flowers are inspired by the famous Marimekko Unikko poppy design. The colorful rainbow flowers will brighten up any home.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Yarn/wool in various colors
  • Sticks
  • Spray paint


  • Pom-pom maker
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun


  1. Open up the pom-pom maker and slot the two pieces together.
  2. Wrap black yarn 10 times around the center of one half of the pom-pom maker.
  3. Next, wrap red yarn 30 times on top of the black yarn and to the sides a bit.
  4. Next, wrap the pink yarn over the red yarn and to the sides approximately 70 times
  5. Then, wrap the white yarn around the red yarn and completely cover the other half of the pom-pom maker with white yarn.How to Make A flower pom pom
  6. Close the pom-pom maker and then cut the yarn across the spine.
  7. Tie the pom-pom in the middle with yarn and then remove from the pom-pom maker.
  8. Trim the pom-poms to make them more fluffy and round.
  9. Repeat making 9 more pom-poms in different color combinations
  10. Spray paint the sticks in the colors of the rainbow.
  11. Using a hot glue gun, glue 2 pom-pom flowers to each stick. Match the colors of the pom-pom flowers to the colors of the stick.

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Tina Pocock

Thursday 16th of December 2021

These came out really well, I've been making pompoms with grandkids and wanted to try these myself before getting them to make them - even a 6 year old managed to make a lovely pompom that I made into a hairclip for her. Thank you for the clear and easy instructions.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 20th of December 2021

Thank you, I’m glad to hear they worked out well.


Monday 9th of March 2020

These are so bright and cheerful! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's, you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 11th of March 2020

Thank you so much, I look forward to seeing the feature.


Saturday 7th of March 2020

These are AMAZING!! You nailed it! They are so bright and happy!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 8th of March 2020

Thank you so much, that was the look I was going for.


Thursday 5th of March 2020

love love love! A friend just gave me 2 bags of yarn odds and ends, so this would be perfect. The only problem is the majority is various navy blues, hmmmmaybe mine will have to be thistle balls and not Marrimekko flowers? thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 6th of March 2020

Thank you, I love the idea of thistle balls.


Thursday 5th of March 2020

I could honestly not love these more! Pom pom all the things!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 6th of March 2020

Thank you so much Julie. I do love a Pom Pom.

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