Homemade Pom-Pom Magnets

We use magnets for a  lot of our Letter of the Week activities, and counting etc.  My original set lasted for about two years before the pom-poms started falling off, so it was time to make more for the Teeny Tot since she’s starting to do preschool now.



Making your own manipulatives is easy and fun! To make the homemade pom-pom magnets you’ll need the following items:

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1 package of medium sized pom-poms (I found these in the craft isle at Wal-mart)
  • 1 package of magnetic buttons





Cover your working surface with a paper towel, or another disposable cloth to protect your counters.

Place a dab of hot glue on each magnet button, then immediately press a pom-pom onto the hot glue.



Repeat this process until all of your magnets or pom-poms are used up!



And that is, easy-peasy homemade pom-pom magnets that you can use to aid in color sorting, counting, LOTW magnet pages, and anything else you can think of!



Hope you enjoy this easy do-it-yourself manipulative idea!


  • Karen September 4, 2012 at 5:02 am

    I love this idea…!!! Thank you so much for sharing it.

  • Traci September 4, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Great idea..doing it. Side note…LOVE your hot glue gun!

  • Elice September 4, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Holy moly! Where did you get that package of magnet buttons?! I can only buy scrawny packages.

    • Erica October 3, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      Hi Elice,
      I purchased mine at Wal-m*rt. I also just saw a bunch in the craft section of Michael’s craft store.

  • Tara H September 26, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I was wondering what happened to this post! I made these after seeing this post. I blogged about it then couldn’t find this post to link back to (I just linked to your site).
    Thanks for all your great ideas! All 5 of my boys love making pictures with the pom pom magnets!

  • Amy September 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Where did you buy your magnetic buttons? I don’t see them on Amazon.com

    • Tara H September 26, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Amy, (not that you were asking me 🙂 but) I found that exact package at Wal-Mart.

      • Jenn September 26, 2012 at 11:25 am

        Thanks! I was wondering about the same thing 🙂

  • Daphne LaRosa October 17, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    I know it says medium size pom pom. Would you be able to tell me what the inches are? I was looking @ 1/2″ & 1″ and wasn’t sure which would be best for the 3/4″ button Magnets. I found these magnets that are self adhesive, do you think those would work? Would it be better to use the hot glue?


  • Kjerstin October 18, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I love these! They remind me of little tribbles, actually… (You can tell we’re a little bit nerdy around my house.) Such a cute idea!


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