How To Make a Pom-Pom Wreath for Christmas
Wednesday, 23 December 2020 | Admin
Adding a pom-pom to your project is like adding sprinkles to your cupcakes; it brings that special finishing touch to what you’ve been making. As Christmas approaches, we’re all looking for festive ideas to decorate the home and keep those grey, winter days from creeping in. A pom-pom wreath ticks all the boxes - it’s fun, easy and quick but will also make quite a statement hanging from your front door.
Pom-poms are a wonderfully simple thing to make and you don’t need anything special. Some strong cardboard and left-over yarn from old projects will do the trick. You’ve likely already made a few, whether to adorn a beanie hat or to hang from the corners of a blanket. For this particular project you will need to make a lot of pom-poms to cover your wreath fully so we would recommend trying out a pom-pom maker, especially if you love the look of neat and very fluffy pom-poms. They help make the process that little bit less fiddly!
What you’ll need:
- A polystyrene wreathCheck out our range of accessories if you need to add any of these tools to your collection
- A pom-pom maker
- Sharp scissors
- A hot glue gun
- A tapestry needle
- Optional: Extra decorations, such as baubles or ribbon
The first thing to do before making your wreath is to collect your supplies together. This is the fun part where you decide what colours to use. You can definitely take this opportunity to use up old leftover balls of yarn and even if you don’t have much of a particular colour that you like you can still use it by pairing it with another to create stripy pom-poms.
Once you have gathered everything together you’re ready to followed the step-by-step guide below.
1. Take your polystyrene wreath and choose your background yarn colour, ideally you’ll have a good amount of this as you’ll be fully covering your wreath with it. This will make sure it looks good from both sides and will give you a base to sew/glue your pom-poms to. Wrap your wreath with your background colour yarn ensuring that all the strands are securely wound with no gaps through to the polystyrene.
2. Start making your pom-poms, if you’ve opted for a pom-pom maker you can follow the instructions that it comes with. If you don’t have one, you’ll need some strong card and scissors. There are bonus instructions at the end for making a pom-pom this way. When you secure the middle knot of your pom-pom, leave the long tail as this will help you to tie it to the wreath.
3. Once you have your pom-poms made and you’ve fluffed and trimmed them to shape you can start arranging them on your wreath. Using the tapestry needle and the long tails that you left in the step before, you can sew your pom-pom to the wreath.
Extra tip: For added strength, use a hot glue gun to finish all the knots, including the ones in the centre of your pom-poms. This will make sure that your wreath lasts the winter weather outside and can be brought in and saved for next year as well.
4. Before putting up your beautiful new wreath, you may want to add some extra decorations like baubles, pinecones or ribbon. You can attach these securely using your hot glue gun. Then to finish off, wrap a piece of ribbon or a long strand of yarn around the top of your wreath and hang it on your door!
There are a few ways that you can make your wreath extra special, such as adding a few pom-poms made from glittery or variegated yarn. We particularly love our Cygnet Glittery DK to reflect the Christmas Lights outside, and it comes in perfect Christmas colours of red, green and icy white.
If you’re feeling adventurous you could also create a themed wreath, such as using brown and black yarn for the bottom half and white for the top to make a Christmas Pudding. Hang it using some green and red ribbon to look like holly on the top. Our favourite idea is to use pink around the top half and white around the bottom half. Tie some more white pom-poms along the bottom so they hang in a triangle shape and add a red Santa hat on the top to make your wreath look like St Nic’s big beardy face!
Now that you’re hooked on making pom-poms you can also make a matching garland by stringing some of your leftover pom-poms together and hanging it in the window or from the door frame above your wreath.
Bonus instructions for making a pom-pom:
If you don’t have a pom-pom maker at home and you’d like to make them using strong card.
Here is a bonus 4-step process for making easy pom-poms.
1. Using strong card, cut out two circles the size that you want your finished pom-pom to be.
2. Next you’ll need to cut out a small wedge of your circle, like cutting a portion out of a pie. From here, cut a small circle out of the middle. You should end up with two shapes that look like a thick capital letter ‘C’.
3. Place a strand of yarn between the two pieces of card and hold them together. This will be the yarn that ties the centre of your pom-pom so make sure the ends are long enough that you don’t lose them. Then, start securely wrapping yarn around the two pieces of card.
4. Go slow and steady for the last step as it can be a bit tricky and make sure to hold the two ends of the strand in the centre of the card to keep it all together. Start to cut the yarn following the outside line of the ‘C’. The yarn will start popping open so as soon as you can pull the loose strand tight and tie a knot to secure your pom-pom.
Secret Yarn Stash recommends:
- Pom-Pom Makers
- Fiskars Scissors
- Hot Glue Gun
- Cygnet Glittery DK
Remember to share your finished pom-pom wreaths with us on social media, we would love to see what you make!