For The Love of PomPoms

There's always a decorating drought that overtakes my house between Christmas and the first sight of warmer weather.  I drown the house with pumpkins for fall, tulips in spring, and red, white, & blue in summertime.  But I've got the winter blues when it comes to decorating (or the lack thereof) .  But the easiest solution for a little spice and change is always a wreath.  At least the house looks happy from the outside. I'd been itching to learn how to make yarn pom-poms, so this was the perfect afternoon project.  Originally, I wanted to cover the whole wreath form in pom-poms, but I quickly realized I didn't have the patience for that.  And then I decided to just wrap the wreath with yarn.  Covering it with pom-poms probably would have been faster.  Lesson learned.  So without further ado…...

How to Make Yarn Pom-Poms

Yarn (I wanted a wintery combo with a bit of color to make it pop!) Scissors Cardstock Wreath Form (I used straw only because my craft store was out of styrofoam)

Yarn Winter Wreath Colors
Yarn Winter Wreath Colors
Wreath Form Yarn Covered Wreath
Wreath Form Yarn Covered Wreath

Cut a stip of card stock about 8 inches long.  The width of the strip will determine how big your puff ends up being.  For the ones I made, I used a strip about an inch wide.  Make a small cut in the middle of each end.

Carstock SLit Pom Pom
Carstock SLit Pom Pom

Cut a piece in yarn and slip it into the slits in your card stock.  Be sure to leave extra on each end since this is what you will use to tie the pom-pom to your wreath.

Pom Pom Cardstock Start
Pom Pom Cardstock Start

Start wrapping the yarn up and down around your card stock somewhere around 200 times and then cut the yarn from the roll.  Don't wrap it too tight around the paper or you will have a hard time removing the card stock.  If you use a strip about an inch wide, this is how thick it should look when you are done:

Yarn Pom Pom DIY
Yarn Pom Pom DIY

Remove the strings from the slits in the cardstock and carefully slide the yarn from the paper.

Yarn Pom pom slide off card stock
Yarn Pom pom slide off card stock

Take the two sting ends and pull them super tightly together which will make the yarn into a nice bun-like ball.  I tied two knots to keep it extra tight & secure.

Yarn Pom Pom Tutorial
Yarn Pom Pom Tutorial

Now comes the fun part.  Break out the scissors.  Making sure you don't cut through the stings that are your ties, cut the bun down the middle like you were slicing a bagel.

Yarn Pom Pom Bun
Yarn Pom Pom Bun

If you miss a few - no harm, no foul.  Just cut down the middle of those.  Then trim up your strands to even the puff ball to your liking.

photo 1
photo 1

At this point you could use these to decorate gifts, place cards, or anything else you can imagine.  But since I was going for a wreath, it's on to step two.  Wreath wrapping.

I chose two colors of yarn to wrap my straw wreath frame.  You could use more or less - your pick. Tie the strands together like so.

Yarn Ties
Yarn Ties

It seemed like it took F-O-R-E-V-E-R to wrap this wreath.  I cut strands that were around 5 or 6 feet long in an attempt to keep them from getting knotted up as I wrapped.  You could certainly pass the yarn skeins in and out the wreath as you wrap, but I figured it would be too cumbersome.

Yarn Wrapped Wreath
Yarn Wrapped Wreath

When I finished wrapping one string set, I'd knot another and overlap it a few times to keep it secure.   My goal was to cover all the straw, so it's not completely even, but it was another great lesson that perfection isn't always the end goal.

Yarn Wrapped Wreath
Yarn Wrapped Wreath

 I tied my pom-poms around the wreath with a simple knot.

Tie pom poms
Tie pom poms
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photo

And voila! A winter wreath to bring a little color to this incredibly arctic winter.

Yarn Pom Pom Wreath
Yarn Pom Pom Wreath