In early December, on Instagram and Blogland, I started seeing pompoms being used in Christmas decorating. Now, I am not usually a pompom fan but for some reason this take on them inspired me to make my own.
I think the secret to this project is to use really fluffy yarn and in at least a couple of different textures. These are the 2 that I used. It took 2 skeins of one of them and 1 of the other to complete my wreath. I used a Styrofoam form to hot glue them to.
I made the pompoms on the outer row and middle row 3 inches in diameter and the inner row 2 inches in diameter. I used quilting rulers to wrap the yarn around rather than just my hand. The larger ones were wrapped 60 times and the smaller 30 times.
Then I gently slid the yarn off of the ruler and tied it carefully in the middle. I cut the edges with a sharp pair of scissors and then fluffed them, trimming any longer strands until it made a fairly uniform ball.
I laid out the pompoms as I made them to make sure that I had enough. And once in awhile I dusted myself off because they shed like crazy!
When I had all that I needed, I started hot gluing them to the form. I learned that you need to be careful that the glue doesn’t drip down the side of the form and glue it to the counter! I started in the center and then worked my way out. When I was done, I glued a braided yarn rope to the back to hang it.
Our new sunroom is under construction but I love the way the walls look in places at the moment. So I screwed this cast iron piece on the wall and hung the wreath from it.
I’m really pleased with the results and now I’m wondering what else I could make with pompoms…
- Our Christmas Tree
- The Process