If you love yarn, but aren’t skilled in knitting or crochet or needle point or whatever else you do with yarn, this is the craft for you. This is super easy and fun to do if you just need something to do with your hands while you are watching TV or enjoying time in front of the fire during a snowpocalypse. This is how to DIY a pom pom wreath.
How To Make Pom Poms
Step 1: Get The Pom Pom Makers
I kept seeing these beautiful pom pom wreaths on Pinterest and of course I had to try my had at it. So, when I heard the big snow was coming, I went to Michael’s and picked up some yarn. What I didn’t grab was pom pom makers, because I didn’t even know they existed. So, after trying my hand at the old school methods like toilet paper rolls and making my own form out of cardboard, I did some research and found pom pom makers! Wow, what a difference. Do not even mess around with old school, methods – BUY THE POM POM MAKERS!
These makers come in different sizes; I bought them all. They aren’t expensive and I wanted to make a variety of sizes of poms. I bought this multi-pack and the big guy.
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Step 2: Wrap Yarn
Once you have your maker ready, simply unfold it and wrap your yarn around one side. Once your yarn is wrapped, simply close the arm and wrap the other side.
You don’t want to wrap tightly because you will have a hard time cutting your yarn. Just sort of use a neutral hand when you wrap. After doing a ton of these, I got to where I would wrap the yarn in about four layers. I found this amount of yarn was easy to cut and still made a full pom. You can fit more wraps on your maker and make a much fuller pom if you want, but it will be difficult to cut.
If you are just using one color, you might want to pull from two skeins of yarn at once. That will allow you to fill your maker faster. You can also get creative with more than one color and wrap your yarn in patterns. My daughter joined in on the fun and she got creative making a lemon with mostly yellow yarn with a little bit of dark green to represent leaves on the top. They were super cute and creative. It all depends on how and where you wrap your colors.
Step 3: Cut Your Pom Poms
After you have wrapped both sides of your maker with as much yarn as you want, fold both arms in to where your maker is in a circle. Then, the fun part, cut in the groove on both sides. You will be cutting through all of the yarn around the entire circle. Your scissors will fit right in the groove. You will want sharp scissors for this because you are cutting through multiple layers of yarn at one time.
Step 4: Tie It All Together
Okay. Now you have all of your yarn cut and your pom pom is being held together by the maker. If you opened it up at this point all of your yarn would fall out. So, the next step is to tie it all together. I just used a long piece of yarn in the same color as my pom. You’ll want to put your extra piece of yarn in the groove where you just cut your pom and pull it as tight as you can and tie it once. Then, I would wrap that yarn again and tie it again on the other side of the pom. Take a look at the video to see exactly what I mean, but just tie it twice.
Now you are ready to take your pom pom off the maker. Just open it up on both ends and pull it apart and you have yourself a pom pom!
Step 5: Trim It Up
So, your pom might not be the perfectly round shape you are looking for when it comes off the maker, but you can trim it up to any shape you would like. If you are going to use the long pieces you tied it off with to attach your pom poms to a wreath or anything else, don’t trim them off. But, if you don’t need them for anything, you can trim them off along with any other piece that are too long or out of place.
Attach Pom Poms to Wreath Form
You have options when it comes to wreath forms. I just used one I had from a wreath I had dismantled. It was thin and easy for me to tie my poms around the form. I also read where you can pin your poms on to a foam or natural grass wreath. I’m sure hot glue would work as well to attach poms poms onto a wreath form.
For this green St. Patrick’s Day wreath, I tied poms in all sizes and colors, so I started by sorting them into piles. I tied on my biggest poms first and then sort of made clusters with all the different sizes and colors around until I had filled up the wreath form.
I used three skiens of yarn and you can see how many poms I got out of them. It was enough to complete this 20″ wreath. I have another one in the works with more poms.
Hang Your Pom Pom Wreath
The possibilities for this craft are just endless. There are lots of other things you can do with pom poms as well, but for now I am just going to enjoy this St. Patricks’s Day wreath while I can.
If you like this green color combo, you should check out my post on St. Patrick’s Day Decor at St. Patrick’s Day Decor Ideas.