DIY Easy Pom Pom Rug

diy pom pom rug

I’m putting the finishing touches on the joint kids room now and am excited to show it to you soon! It’s been a real challenge to bring together elements for both a 6 yr old boy and 9 month old girl. A fun one though. I’m sharing one project for the room today: a DIY pom pom rug. I wanted to make something soft to stand on and soothe Edie in her crib when she got up in the middle of the night and thought a DIY pom pom rug would be the perfect addition. Also, it adds a touch of feminine when the room is feeling much more masculine right now.

DIY pom pom rug


For the color combination, I really wanted something pretty neutral with a few pops of pink and yellow. I love how it turned out.

DIY pom pom rug

Amazing what you can do with yarn and scissors and a little time. Keep reading to see the step by step instructions on how we made it…

Photography by Liz Stanley. Crafting and assisted by Maddie Bachelder

DIY pom pom rugDIY pom pom rug

Wool yarn of various sizes, textures, colors of your choosing
Two toilet paper rolls
Non stick rug mat in the size you want your rug to be (we bought ours larger and then cut it down). You should be able to find one at your local hardware store

DIY pom pom rug

Step 1: Stick your fingers into the rolls and start wrapping the yarn around both.

DIY pom pom rug

Step 2: Keep going until it looks about this size or even larger. Our rolls were so squished because they had been used a lot but yours might not get as squished at first. The sizes will differ but that’s okay! We liked the look of the rug to have different size pom poms. This one above was for a smaller pom pom, the rolls below are for a larger one.

DIY pom pom rug

Step 3: Cut another piece of string and weave it through both of the rolls so it wraps around the whole thing.

DIY pom pom rug

Step 4: Tie once, then pull the rolls out

DIY pom pom rug

Step 5: Now tie even tighter with the rolls out. Make a knot. But leave the long strings, don’t snip them. You’ll need them to tie the pom pom to the rug mat.

DIY pom pom rug

 Step 6: Now with your scissors snip through the loops around the whole pom pom. You’ll also need to trim to they’re about the same length. But don’t get too ocd about it. You could sit there snipping forever if you wanted.

DIY pom pom rug

Step 7: Now keep going! Each pom pom took us about 5 minutes so put on a movie or two and relax!

DIY pom pom rug

Step 8: Now you’ll start to place them on the non stop mat to decide on what design you want. You need them to be really squished together so after placing them you might find out you need to make more. We needed about 50 for our rug, which was pretty small.

DIY pom pom rug

Step 9: Tie them on using the long string you’ve left hanging (you did leave those strings, didn’t you??? Oh good). We used slip knots so that we could move them around if we decided we needed to. Or if we got sick of the rug and wanted to use the pom poms for another project. That’s it!

DIY pom pom rug

DIY pom pom rug



Love, love, love this rug … the colors you chose are awesome! What a great tutorial ~ now could you give us some idea of how many skeins of yarn you used, please?!?

p.s. Those cute little feet & legs remind me of my girls at that age!!!

What cute floor rug! It is perfect for the baby room. So soft and so pretty. The details of the project suggest it is easy to make, too. Thank you for sharing!!!
we love it!

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It looks amazing and seems so easy to make. It is already on my list of future projects. Can’t wait to make my own <3 <3 <3
Thank you for the idea and the beautiful pictures :*

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Looks awesome!!! How do you clean/wash it? Love to hear back. Thanks for sharing your beautiful craft 🙂

The yarn is wool so just spot cleaning. We tied them all with slip knots, so worst case scenario if one gets too thrashed or dirty we take it off and replace it with another pom pom!

This is quite possibly the cutest DIY rug I’ve ever seen! I love your use of color, and the varying texture in the size and type of yarn is perfect. Adding this to my must try project list stat.

I love this: (1) can do this with my preschooler who will share a room with his baby sister (2) have so much yarn leftover from my crocheting days (3) the rug is pretty.

I love this! Not sure I am so ambitious as to make the rug, but I’ll make a few pom poms for my girls to squish… and for myself (it looks so soft!).

What a great idea! I have huge amounts of stash yarn, so this would be a great little project. I wonder how they would hold up after a few months of walking on them though?

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