And then.. I came across people making pom poms with nothing fancy schmancy and without having to cut out cardboard templates. They were making their pom poms using forks! Now, I just had to try this for myself. So here's what I did and I'm pretty happy with the results! That being said, I found it more fiddly than my cardboard pom pom maker (possibly because I used a stubby fork that was more like a spork than a fork) and will probably be sticking with that instead (see? sentimental!) :)
Plenty more ideas for various pom pom patterns can be found at Mr Printables - that includes pom pom fruit, flowers, ghosts and animals! (click to tweet this)
P.S. As a little tip, stretchy, fluffy yarn works best to make large, fluffy pom poms. I tried to use some of our fuzzy twine, but it wasn't puffy and was too stiff. As you can see from the picture below (left-hand side), the resulting pom pom is looking quite sad and very un-pom pom like compared to the one on the right! The forks on the "normal" pom pom are there to show you that there is that central piece running through down the middle in both pom poms.