In Episode 06 of my series, MAKE THIS, we’re making a pom pom rug that’s super plush and cozy — it’s a party for your toes.
If you didn’t catch that one, you’ll want to hop back there to learn which pom pom method works best for you — I love the pom pom maker method — as well as catch my pro tip for how to make pom poms that are extra fluffy.
Hint: it involves this thing.
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HOW TO MAKE A PLUSH POM POM RUG
Make all your pom poms
Hop over to episode 03 to learn how to make pom poms. I show you 4 different methods, but the pom pom maker one is my favorite since it makes super fluffy and plush pom poms.
You’ll want to make sure you leave the tails on your pom poms: when you go to tie them off, dont cut the strings. You’ll use these to tie your poms to your rug pad and keep them secure.
The number of pom poms will depend on how big you want your rug to be. I made a small rug so it would be easier to film for the video tutorial, and it took about 60 pom poms — a mix of medium and large ones.
You could also choose to use small and extra small pom poms if you want a less chunky look and a rug that isn’t as thick and fluffy.
Start building your rug.
You can lay out all your pom poms in the shape / layout you want for your rug and then work one-at-a-time to attach them to your rug pad
You can just build out your pattern and look as you go.
I started in the middle — creating a “needle” with my bendable wire and using that to thread one tail of the pom pom — then the other — through the holes in my rug pad.
Once both tails were on the back, I tied them together in a double knot and trimmed the ends.
When you tie, make sure not to cinch the strings too tight which will crumple up your rug pad. You want it to stay flat so keep the tails a little bit loose with the knot itself tight.
Shape your rug as you go by tying on pom poms to create your desired rug shape — I went with an uneven circle, but you could also go symmetrical, square, or rectangle.
Secure with hot glue
I used hot glue to secure my pom poms to the rug pad and to each other at the base.
Use glue ONLY on the bottom of your pom poms, otherwise you’ll have crunchy pieces of your rug that aren’t comfortable to walk on.
This will help keep your pom poms securely attached
I also recommend using your glue sparingly — it can ooze through the mesh of your rug pad and leave tails of strings behind.
Cut your rug pad
Once you’re all done tying on your pom poms and securing them with some dabs of hot glue, you can trim your rug pad around your pom poms to your desired size.
You want the pom poms to extend over the rug pad so that it’s fully hidden, but don’t cut the pad to close in area’s where you’ve tied on your pom poms and have the strings attached.
Add your trim
This step is optional, but a great way to make your rug look finished.
I added some pom pom trim along the bottom edge of my rug.
I secured it with hot glue to my rug pad, letting the pom poms hang over the edge.
style it in your space!
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Season 01: YARN IT is all about yarn.
If you aren’t caught up, here’s what you can binge so far:
- Episode 01: ULTIMATE TASSEL TUTORIAL
- Episode 02: BOHO FRINGE BASKET
- Episode 03: HOW TO MAKE PERFECT POM POMS
- Episode 04: DIY THIS MACRAME VIBE WALL HANGING
- Episode 05: MAKE THIS CUTE WRAPPED CHARGER CORD
- Episode 06: POM POM PARTY RUG