My friend Steph and I are the kind of people who stroll through home decor stores and nonchalantly state, “Oh, I could totally make that”. We happened upon a variety of be-feathered and lushly pom-pom’d holiday decor items during an early fall peruse of one of our favourite shops and decided then and there that we wouldn’t pay $90 for a pom-pom wreath and would instead make it ourselves.
Well, the good news is that it isn’t a tough DIY to achieve! Making pom-poms is extremely labour intensive without a pom-pom maker but this wreath was also extremely satisfying to complete. If you’re still decorating your home for the holidays – or if adorably pom’d wreaths are a part of your usual decor (this would be so sweet in a baby’s room!), keep reading to see how we made it.
What you’ll need:
- 3-4 skeins of yarn in different colours and weights
- A foam wreath
- A glue gun
- A length of ribbon
- Sharp scissors
- Optional – adorable creatures
- Optional – a pom-pom maker
I’d estimate the total cost of this project somewhere around $40 (use those Michael’s coupons wisely!). We had lots of leftover yarn, too. Be sure to budget a fair amount of time for this project as well – we completed it over two nights without a pom-pom maker.
Create your pom-poms.
Wrap yarn around your fingers until you have a substantial amount wrapped.
Gently wiggle the loops off your fingers and cut the yarn from the skein. Cut another length (longer is always better) to use to secure the pom.
Tie yarn across the middle. Place one blade of your scissors inside the loops and cut. Repeat on the other side. Fluff your pom and then trim to shape.
Create pom-poms using 2, 3 and 4 fingers for different sized poms with each of the colourways. Remember – the more you wrap + then trim, the tighter the pom.
Lay out your wreath
As you create pom-poms, organize them by size. Once you’ve amassed a stockpile of poms, start to arrange them on your wreath.
Secure the pom-poms + ribbon
Once you’re satisfied with your pom-pom placement, use your hot glue gun to apply a healthy dollop of glue to the back of each pom and place it on the wreath. Hold for a few seconds.
After completing the front of the wreath, measure a length of ribbon for hanging. Secure the ribbon to the back of the wreath with a few dabs of glue, then fold the ribbon in half to create a loop. Glue the loose end where you attached the ribbon to the wreath.
That’s all! Hang your wreath by nailing the bottom layer of ribbon to the wall (the top layer will hide the nail). If you have some creatures to nestle into the wreath, add them at this point – no need to glue them down.