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As I was browsing through my local craft store, a few holiday seasons ago, I came across the most cheerful and colourful yarn. I picked up a skeen, knowing full well that I have absolutely no knitting skills. I simply knew that I wanted to make something with it.
Last year my daughter and I turned the yarn into the sweetest pom pom garland for our christmas tree. The pom poms were big and loose and fluffy…kid made and glorious. The pom poms got me thinking and planning. I knew what I wanted to make – a pom pom wreath.
How to Make a Pom Pom Wreath
Start by selecting the size of wreath that you would like to make. I chose a 14″ green foam floral wreath form. I liked the weight and density of the form. You want something sturdy that will stand up to the door being opened and closed and the weather.
Next, select your yarn. I used my colourful yarn as the jumping off point. I decided to also use a white and bright green. If you are going for colourful, I would suggest thinking of holiday colours like pinks and blues and greens – bright colours. White is a good base to have as your third colour.
Pom pom making time. I love the Clover pom pom maker! We have made our pom poms using a cardboard template and that works fine. But, the pom pom maker cut the time in half…seriously.
Next wrap one side of the pom pom maker with the yarn. It took a couple of tries to get the density right – don’t be afraid to make a couple of text pom poms. The thickness of your yarn will impact how many times you can actually wrap around the maker.
Wrap around both sides. Close the sides together. Snip along the seam. Use one of your strips of yarn to tie the pom pom – tie it tightly. Then pull the maker apart and ta-da – pom pom! Trim any long strings and keep on going.
You will need about 30 pom poms in each colour. I know that sounds like a lot. You’ll get into a rhythm and be done in no time…okay I worked on mine off and on over a couple of days. Maybe about 60 minutes total?
Once you have all of your pom poms made, it’s time to have some fun. You can skip this step and go straight to gluing the wreath together, but I’m more of a planner. So, I used straight pins to pin all of the pom poms in place. This way I could step back and look at the colour and pattern. I could sure I didn’t have too many clumps of one colour. Planning makes perfect.
When all the pom poms are in place, select the top of your wreath and use the glue to adhere the ribbon on the back.
My wreath will be hanging on my front door, so I only placed pom poms on the front of the wreath. However, if you are going to be hanging your wreath on a mirror of window, you are going to want to make twice the pom poms and after the ribbon is glued in place, repeat the pinning and gluing process.
I love our wreath! It was so satisfying making those pom poms and watching the wreath come to life. This would be a fun project to take on with the kids. My kids didn’t have the patience to make more than two pom poms…they moved on to other things.
Which is fine, because I am now addicted to making pom poms. I’m already dreaming up ALL the pom pom projects.
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