Lately I have seen ads for pom pom wreaths on so many websites and even featured in a magazine. I like that they have a whimsical and playful look. But the price tag is a bit much for my budget. Instead, I took some time and effort and finally made my first pom pom wreath this weekend.
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I call it my first pom pom wreath because I plan to make many more for myself and my vendor booth.
This is actually a project I have wanted to do for about a year. I even went to Michaels and purchased the Clover Pom Pom Makers which are so easy to use. You can also purchase them at Amazon online.
My first attempt at using the Clover Pom Pom Makers was for my son and daughter-in-law’s baby shower last February.
The theme was for the arrival of a “little cutie” so I wanted to make a garland with tiny little pom poms to look like Cuties® clementine oranges. I even traveled to NC with the makers and my sisters and I spent a good evening chatting and laughing over trying to make pom poms again. Our attempts were sad but not because of the Clover makers, but because we were trying to use the wrong type of yarn.
After some searching on Pinterest, I found that 100% Acrylic yarn is the best yarn to use for making pom poms. Good to know!
I did get the garland made for the baby shower and still have it so maybe I will share it in a future post.
Learning to use the pom pom makers is actually very simple and easy and really does cut down on the time to make lots of pom poms needed for a wreath.
For my wreath, I used 3 sizes of the makers in 3.375 inch, the 2.5 inch, and the 1.75 inch.
I plan to use this wreath as part of my winter mantel in all white, gray, and black so my choices of colors for my first wreath use just these three colors. The theme for the mantel is based on a winter themed ribbon I featured on my post about making over an evergreen wreath for winter. I plan to use the same ribbon on the mantel display so my wreath needed to be in similar colors.
My next pom pom wreath will be full of bright colors.
If you are using the Clover Pom Pom makers, follow the instructions provided in the package. I have included photos of the steps I did to make them as well.
Wrap the yarn around one side of the pom pom maker from the hinge to the open end.
Once at the end of first side, close that side, and open up the next side of the maker to continue to cover the full circle of the maker.
Close both sides and using a small set of scissors, cut off the end of the yarn.
Insert the scissors between the two sides of the maker and cut the yarn all the way around each side.
Cut a small length of yarn and slide it between the middle of each clip. Then tie it off around the yarn tightly in a double knot.
Then you just pull the two sides of the maker apart and you have a pom pom. Fluff and cut it to shape the pom pom.
For my pom poms I left the two long strands for the tie in the middle to use to tie the pom pom to the wreath form.
I choose to make a 12″ wreath and purchased the form at Dollar Tree.
Flip the wreath form over to the back side to tie on the pom poms.
Use the two long strands from the middle tie to tie the pom pom to the wreath form.
Add a small amount of hot glue to secure the pom pom in place.
Continue around the wreath form to tie on more pom poms. I varied the color and the size all around since I made three different sizes of pom poms.
Once I got started adding on the pom poms, I realized I needed to make even more to fill out the entire wreath form. I have no idea how many pom poms I made in all for this wreath so you just have to figure out how many you need as you go along.
Cut off the tie strands and flip the wreath over to fluff. Now you have a finished pom pom wreath!
I learned a lot while making my first pom pom wreath. One being that I need to make my pom poms even fuller next time. And second, it takes more pom poms than I originally thought to complete the wreath.
Pin for it later!
In the end though I really like the look of my first wreath and it is now the starting point for my winter mantel décor. Even better that it didn’t break the bank to make it myself either.
I now invite you to visit all of the other talented bloggers participating in the Creative Craft Hop this month starting with Ann at The Apple Street Cottage and her Valentine’s Plaque – Quick and Easy project.