“Pom Poms make the world go ’round” ~Unknown
I’ve been planning on making this wreath since shortly after New Years; but then I got sick. The evening before I had my gallbladder surgery I ran out to Joann Fabrics to buy three skeins of white yarn and a 16 inch white styrofoam wreath. Everything was on sale and including tax, my total for this wreath came to $24.24.
I don’t know what I was thinking of, because I sure didn’t feel like making pom poms after my surgery. I think it was a good week later before I finally started on it; and I just finished it! It’s easy to make, but it does take a bit of time to make enough pom poms if you’re doing them by yourself. If you’ve got older kids or grandkids who can help you, that’ll save lots of time.
For those of you who have been following along, I’m doing quite well and feel pretty much back to “normal”. I’m still playing around with my diet, but I’m hoping to start going to the fitness center next week and starting in with what I think I can tolerate.
My inspiration for my wreath came from View From The Fridge. I love the whimsy look from the pom pom yarns. It’s more free-flowing versus the more formed pom pom wreaths that I saw.
- 3-4 Skeins of yarn, color of your choice. The one I used is shown above and below.
- Styrofoam wreath form, preferably white to match white yarn. If you use a different color yarn, either paint the wreath or cover with duct tape in the color of your yarn. I bought a 16 inch wreath form.
- Optional -3 inch wide comb or a 3 inch wide heavy/stiff cardboard
- Sharp scissors
When you make each pom pom, you can also use your hand, wrapping the yarn around your fingers. If you choose to use cardboard, make sure it’s stiff and not flimsy; otherwise you’re going to find it bending.
I used my hand for some and for others I used the above comb, just for a change of pace. To begin, you’re going to cut approximately 16-18 inches of yarn to wrap around each pom pom. I cut these ahead of time, only as a way for me to keep count of how many pom poms I was making.
You’re going to wrap around your hand or comb 40 times! Yes, 40 times…do not skimp! If you’re using your hand, carefully slide the wrap off and center it on your 18 inch yarn. Then bring the ends of the 18 inch up and around your wrap. Make sure all the loops stay together and carefully tie it so it’s centered, pull tightly and knot.
If you use a comb, I started by placing about 2 inches of the 18 inch cut yarn through one of the center gaps in the comb. I kept it aside, as shown above, on the back side as I wrapped my yarn around 40 times.
After I finished wrapping, I carefully found that 2 inch tail and pulled it around the back side of the comb and brought it to the front my putting it into the same gab. Then before sliding it off the comb, I brought the two ends together and tied it in the middle. Don’t tie it too tight, just enough to slide the wrap off the comb.
Once it’s off the comb, hand, or cardboard, go ahead and tie it tightly and then knot it. DO NOT cut the long ends you tied around your wrap.
Then I worked my fingers through the upper loops, and cut them across. You’ll do the same for the bottom loops, too.
This is one time you need a good sharp pair of scissors or shears. FYI, the shears I used are over 45 years old. I think I’ve had them sharpened once or twice and I only use them for fabric and yarns. They were made in Germany by Solingen International and are still in excellent condition. It pays to buy the best you can afford.
After you cut your loops, DO NOT cut the long ends that you tied around your wrap. Leave them as they are because you’ll need them to tie your pom poms to your wreath form.
Because I was still recuperating from my surgery, I made all the pom poms while sitting on our couch. Much more comfortable for me, but messy! So I kept a bag near me to throw away anything any of the mess I was creating.
For my 16 inch wreath form, I ended up making, and using, 64 pom poms! I sat at our dining room table and started tying the pom poms onto the back side of the wreath. You’re going to end up with three rows: one will be on the inner wreath, one on top, and the third row will be on the outer edge of the wreath. The photo above and below are showing the back side of the wreath.
After all the pom poms are on, you can trim all the long yarn pieces. I debated about gluing or pinning the pom poms on, but the tying made more sense. The pom poms can be pushed together or moved more inward or out, after the wreath is finished. The gluing is more permanent, plus you have to make sure not to melt your styrofoam form. The thought of more than 64 pins in the wreath didn’t sit well with me.
TA DA! FINALLY FINISHED! I was originally going to put it on our entry mirror, but then decided to hang it on our secretary, instead.
It really was easy, just time consuming and a bit messy. But I did it while watching television so that made it go better. From what I’ve gathered, there have been a number of knock-off pom pom wreaths that were inspired from Anthropologie. A few years ago, they sold a wool pom pom wreath for $128. YIKES!
I just couldn’t resist sharing this photo of Miss Molly. This yarn skein was about the size of her when she was curled up. Too cute!
I don’t usually decorate for Valentines Day, so this is the closest thing I have to say Happy Valentines Day to all of you!
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