DIY Pom Pom Bag.

diy pom pom bag | grace atwood, the stripe
dress // jacket // heels


I love pom poms. So much. And I really wanted a fun pom pom bag for Spring but couldn’t find one that was “just right” or really over-priced. Because at the end of the day, some of those bags are really cute but I don’t want to spend over $100 for a bag made out of straw and pom poms. So I decided I’d make my own. This isn’t really even a DIY… it’s just a glue project. Anyone can do it. Sometimes the hardest part about a “DIY” is really just finding the right supplies… in this case, it was a little tricky finding the perfect pom poms (they have to be big enough!!!) But I found them, and from there it was smooth sailing… it was really just figuring out which colors looked pretty together and gluing!

I used this exact bag, from this (amazing) Etsy shop. They have so many incredible high-quality beautiful straw bags (at far better prices than you’ll see on Nordstrom, Shopbop, etc…) you may want to order some plain ones too! I ended up scooping up this one as well… just to have, because I love it and it’s only $32.

You will also need E6000 Glue (it’s the strongest) and a bunch of 5cm pom poms. I used these exact pom poms and would recommend that you do the same… as I mentioned above, it was kind of hard to find quality pom poms that were big enough!

A word about gluing… the purist in me did not want to glue the pom poms on, but attempting to sew them on was a disaster (the woven palm leaves of the bag did not respond well to being poked with needles). From there, I tried fabric glue, which was too slippery. A hot glue gun would also work but the results are less permanent.

Start by laying out all of your pom poms to decide which colors look best together. From there, apply a big drop of glue to one pom pom, and press it onto the bag.

Press firmly for 10-20 seconds, and then repeat.

I found that it was best to work in patches. I applied all of these as they were on the same “plane” and then I went back and added the other pom poms later once the first bunch had dried.

photos of me by Lydia Hudgens.

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  1. This is so cheery and colourful. Perfect for a spring picnic to celebrate the warmer days!

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  2. Kimber says 3.23.17

    I love the bag, but what is that nail polish color? So pretty!

    • grace at the stripe says 3.23.17

      It’s a gel manicure from Paintbox! They layered navy polish with navy glitter. 🙂

      • Kimber says 3.25.17

        I really need to check that place out. Thank you!

  3. Marty says 3.23.17

    Love!! In New York, anxiously awaiting for spring to really arrive. This is perfect once it warms up.

  4. Natali says 3.23.17

    Awww! Super cute pompom diy!! LOVE basket bags as for Spring/ Summer “must have” accessory!

  5. Melissa says 3.23.17

    Hi Grace,
    I have been wanting to make my own pom pom bag since I saw the one I wanted on Shopbop was sold out (and expensive to begin with). Can you fix the link to the pom poms? It is not working when I try to click through. Thank you! 🙂

    • grace at the stripe says 3.23.17

      Hi Melissa!
      The link should be working. I’m sorry, Etsy is tempermental… if one unit sells the seller must restock. That’s why I also linked to the shop!

      The link to the pom poms is working now though 🙂

  6. Sarah says 3.23.17

    That’s so cute! I have a straw tote that I got from a yard sale and was thinking about dressing it up with tassels…but I may have to go with pom poms thanks to this post!


  7. Ashlee Liz says 3.23.17

    This is so cute. I am going on a beach vacation soon, and I think this would be gorgeous to carry as my beach bag, or even a carry on! I thought this was going to be far more difficult, and require me to make pom poms myself, haha. Thanks for the post, and this is definitely a must do!

    Ashlee Liz

    • grace at the stripe says 3.23.17

      aw good, i’m so glad! I have a pom pom maker (it’s really fun and cathartic, actually) but it’s nice buying pre-made ones as they’re more uniform and perfect. 🙂

  8. Victoria says 3.23.17

    THOSE BAGS! I want alllll of those basket bags. Greta find!

  9. Devon Hembury says 3.23.17

    Obsessed with this! I’m loving all the pom pom bags but it’s hard to justify spending hundreds of dollars on one. This is perfect!! 🙂 xo Devon Seventeen Dresses

    • grace at the stripe says 3.23.17

      Thank you so much Devon! I hope you make this – if you do be sure to send me a photo! xox

  10. Jenn Lake says 3.23.17

    Such a great idea! Pom poms for the win!

  11. Nikki says 3.23.17

    Your shoes are gorgeous & look so comfy too!

    • grace at the stripe says 3.23.17

      thank you! They are actually so so comfy! I brought them to Charleston and walked all over the place in them.

  12. carrie says 3.23.17

    Super cute, Grace! Xo


  13. Gretchen says 3.23.17

    You have the BEST D.I. Y. ideas!!! I want to make these and the tassel earrings! Please keep doing them

  14. Deb says 3.24.17

    Aww <3 whatta cute DIY.. it's so easy but never thought about it…Thanks to Jenn @stylecharade for tagging this post.. 🙂

    • grace at the stripe says 3.26.17

      Aw happy to hear that you found me via Jenn – love her! We had drinks this weekend!

  15. Such a great idea! Pom poms for the win!

  16. Ken William says 11.20.17

    It looks great. Unique colors are beautiful.

  17. Abiola says 5.24.19

    I am obsessed with this DIY. Thank you!! Off to find pom poms. 🙂