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How to make pom pom letters – easy DIY!

Want to make a bold, colorful statement in your home’s decor? These DIY pom pom letters are the perfect touch for a kid’s bedroom or playroom, can be made any size, and are a really budget friendly idea for large wall art!

When we were almost done with Luke’s bedroom makeover, I felt like the wall over his bean bag chair needed just a little something extra.

There’s nothing wrong with a blank wall. But the jungle animal mural on the big wall in his room is a big, heavy statement. I wanted to balance it with more color throughout the space.

I added a pom pom garland to the wall opposite the mural and instantly knew I wanted to use more pom poms for this blank space.

how to make DIY pom pom letters

This is a super simple craft to make. You don’t need any fancy tools and you can make one in about fifteen minutes.

It’s a great craft to do while watching TV or listening to a podcast.

I made these letters large – each is half of a sheet of poster board – but you could make them literally any size.

I love them on Luke’s wall, but you could also do them for a playroom.

I have seen some similar letters made in a more refined color scheme and used for wedding or baby shower decor!

Close up of DIY wall hanging pom pom letters

Luckily, my kids have short names. If your kids or family has longer names, you might want to consider just doing a first initial or even a monogram.

Like I said, these aren’t hard to make, but they do take a little time.

A note about glue

There are 2 main ways that you could glue your pom poms to your posterboard.

If you are a crafter, the obvious choice is probably a hot glue gun. That was my initial thought, too.

However, hot glue dries really, really quickly.

If you want to use hot glue you will basically need to hot glue each pom pom and then stick it in place.

Totally doable, not hard, just time consuming.

I wanted this to be a quicker project, so I actually used tacky glue.

I spread the tacky glue out using a foam paint brush to cover the whole letter.

Tacky glue dries slowly so I had a lot of time to work with the glue before it firmed up.

This way I could spread it all with glue, stick on all my pom poms, and move on my way.

The tacky glue does mean each ball needs to be pressed firmly in place and it needs to dry flat over night.

I had a couple of pom poms fall off in the morning – we are talking less than 5 out of 1,200 pom poms – but zero have fallen in the 2 weeks since we hung them on the wall.

You can use either glue method, both has pros and cons, you’ll just have to decide which is best for you!

jungle themed kids bedroom

How to make oversized pom pom letters

Supplies needed:

How many pom poms do I need?

I made 2 letters to a sheet of poster board, 4″ thick. Each letter used basically a whole 300 pack of assorted sized pom poms.

DIY pom pom letters spelling LUKE

Steps to make pom pom letters:

STEP 1: Draw your letters

First, draw out your letters. You will want to use a ruler to get them even and straight.

Mine are each 4″ wide and the full size of a half poster board.

how to cut posterboard without bending it with an exacto knife

STEP 2: Cut out the letters

Cut your letters out. I had much more success cutting with an exacto knife on a cutting mat, but scissors will work in a pinch.

If you prefer, you could also use pre-cut wood or cardboard letters from the craft store!

STEP 3: Apply the glue

Squirt blobs of glue onto your letters. Use a foam brush to spread.

This is important – be sure to get it all the way to the edges. Anywhere you leave blank will have no pom poms stick.

applying pom poms to create large pom pom letters

STEP 4: Apply the pom poms

Add your pom poms. I started with the largest spread out evenly, then fanned out around them with descendingly small pom poms.

If you get multiple color packs of pom poms, mix them up in advance for a more balance, well mixed look.

Close up of pom pom letters

STEP 5: Allow to dry

Once complete, allow to dry completely over night.

You don’t need to put books on top or apply pressure. They will dry just fine.

jungle theme toddler bedroom

How to hang the pom pom letters on the wall

You have 2 choices for hanging these pom pom letters on the wall:

  1. Command strips
  2. Small nails

Command strips are obviously removable and leave no trace. Just attach them to the back of your letter and the wall.

However, I wanted these to be up very well, so I used small picture hanging nails.

We just hammered them through the poster straight into the wall, 2-4 per letter.

How to make your own pom poms

It’s easy to make your own yarn pom poms using this pom pom maker tool!

Video Tutorial

Be sure to check out my video tutorial showing how I made these oversized pom pom letters!

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Yield: 1 pom pom letter

How to make pom pom letters

Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10-50

Pom pom letters add a bit of color and whimsy to any room. They are perfect for kid's rooms or playrooms! Here's how to make them - the easy way.

Materials

  • Foam poster board or plastic corrugated board
  • Pencil
  • Foam paint brush
  • Tacky glue
  • Pom poms

Tools

  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Scissors or exacto knife and cutting mat

Instructions

  1. Draw out your letters to the desired size.
  2. Use scissors or exacto knife to cut out.
  3. Apply glue all over using a foam brush. Don't miss any spots.
  4. Apply the pom poms onto the glue, starting with the largest
  5. Allow to dry
  6. Hang with small nails or command strips

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Did you make this project?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Pinterest

I really love how these pom pom letters turned out and the fun touch they added to Luke’s bedroom!

 
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    Linda

    Saturday 13th of March 2021

    Thank you, what a fun, and colourful project, looking forward to making this..

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