Hi friends, I hope that your enjoying the first full week of January 2015! As much as I enjoyed the time off, it is nice to get back into a routine and to the gym! This past week I managed to take down all of our Christmas decorations, which means the house is now feeling clean and uncluttered. I even found some of our ornaments underneath the couch, I think our kitten was knocking them off the tree and hiding them from us! He’s such a little trouble maker and I am happy to be done chasing him out of the tree, at least until next Christmas! With the house looking a little bare, I decided to tackle a project that I had wanted to complete prior to the holidays, but never did have a chance to do. I saw this wreath on Anthropologie’s website and instantly I was hooked on how cute the fluffy wool wreath looked, but it was a little pricey for me at $128, so I decided to make one myself. They even have matching pom pom garland which would look adorable on a mantle for Christmas!
• Wreath form (9 inches)
• Wool yarn (I used 100% wool yarn because that’s what the one from Anthropologie was made out of, but I suppose that you could use Acrylic yarn)
• Plastic yarn needle
• Poster board or cardboard
1. Create your very own pom pom makers. I made these fancy pom pom makers using poster board. Cut three pieces of poster board, start with a length of 1 inch, 2 inch, then a 3 inch piece that are approximately 3 inches wide.
2. Wrap the yarn around the piece of poster board. The more yarn that you wrap around, the thicker your pom poms will be. I experimented to see what I liked and then estimated the same amount for the rest of the pom poms. It’s not exact so don’t get to fussy with it, as long as the amount of yarn is close to the same amount you will not notice. Cut the yarn once you have finished wrapping it.
3. Cut a piece of yarn 6-7″ long. Slide the yarn off of the poster board, then tie the cut piece of yarn around the centre as tightly as you can.
4. Cut the ends of the yarn. Slide your scissors through the looped side of the yarn and cut. This will create your pom pom. Depending on how sharp your scissors are, you may have to do this in sections.
5. The pom poms are almost finished. Some will be a bit lop sided or uneven, especially the smaller ones, just trim them up using your scissors so they are round, leaving the tails of the pom pom out as you will need these to attach to the wreath.
I used three different sized pom poms as you probably have figured out from the pom pom maker, this is based on my observation from the Anthropologie wreath. 3 inch pom poms on the outside, 2 inch pom poms on top, and the 1 inch pom poms on the inside. I started by making the three inch pom poms then the 2 inch and lastly the 1 inch because when attaching them to the wreath it is easiest to start from the outside and work your way in. Now just make a lot and then make some more, because it probably won’t be enough!
6. Prepare the wreath for the poms, by wrapping the form in yarn. Tie the start of the yarn to the form and then keep wrapping it around until it’s completely covered, once you reach the end tie it to the form to hold it in place. If you don’t have enough wool yarn, you could always use a cheaper acrylic yarn in a similar colour.
7. Attach the outer, 3 inch pom poms. Using the yarn needle, thread one end of the tails from the pom pom through the yarn on the form. Tie the pom pom securely in place and then cut off the ends. After the outside is complete, attach the 2 inch pom poms to the top and then the 1 inch to the centre. Tying the pom poms to the wreath made it easy to adjust them. You may need to trim the pom poms a bit more once they are all attached depending on the look that you are going for. I noticed I had a few pieces of yarn that were sticking out so I trimmed them up to make them more round.
I am really enjoying the pom pom wreath, I think it adds a fun and cozy feel to our little coco bar and is so different from the traditional wreath. I might just have to give the pom pom garland a try for next Christmas!