DIY Pom-Pom Wreath

by Edie Wadsworth on December 7, 2012

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For a tour of our house this Christmas season, click here!

And now, for the wreath……..

My jaw dropped the first time I saw the snowball wreath from Anthropologie.   It’s beautiful——of the drop dead gorgeous variety.   And it’s $298.

Then my friend Nester posted about her snowball wreath.  Which is all kinds of awesome.  Just like she is.  I knew I had to find a cheap, easy way to do it.

Side note:  She’s the cornerstone of my internet world.  Hers was the first blog I stayed up until 3am to read ALL the archives from.  I love everything she does.  I love seeing the world through her eyes.  I love  that she works hard but also guards her margin. After our house fire in 2010, she made a video for us that I’ve watched over and over again and has been such a source of healing for me.. And then I couldn’t believe it when she did this for our rebuild.  I adore her and feel privileged to call her friend.   I hope she knows how much we all appreciate her generosity and her willingness to use and share  her gifts.  She’s one of a kind.  And she’s hosting this Christmas crafting shindig, which will inspire to make something beautiful this weekend.  And while you’re at it, visit Cate’s crafty party too.  Let’s just party in glue sticks and yarn and pretty fabric all weekend, whadaya say?

(I recently hosted a 12 Days of Christmas crafting and you’re looking for great tutorials for gift making!)

Now, back to the wreath.  First, you’ve got to make 10 or 12 pom poms.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 skeins of chunky yarn

1 10 inch string of yarn

10 inch wreath form (or whatever size you wanna make!)

scissors

a piece of cardboard ( I used a 2×4 inch piece but the bigger you make it, the larger the pom-pom.


Place the ten inch string through the slits so that there are equal tails on each side. (When you make the pom pom, you will use the tails of this string and tie them into a tight knot around the wound string.)

From the full ball of yarn, start wrapping around the cardboard. The more you wrap, the puffier your pom pom will be. I wrapped my chunky yarn about 100 times for my snow ball pom poms. If your yarn is normal weight (thinnish) you may need to wrap 150 times to make full pom poms.

Once you’ve wrapped it as many times as  you like, take the two tails from the string that is in the slits of the cardboard and pull them up around the ball of yarn.

Gently slide the yarn off the cardboard, holding the tails up and being careful not to let them slip out from in between the newly formed ball of yarn.

At this step, you now have  a ball of yarn with a string in the middle.  Most tutorials will tell you at this step spread the yarn out towards the ends of the string.  I didn’t do that.  I just tied a tight knot in the string and double knotted it for extra security.

Then insert your scissors through the middle of all those loops you wound and cut right through them.

And tada!  You have a snowball pom pom!

You can give him a trim if he’s got some straggly uneven spots.  We also pulled the ends of the yarn apart a little to make it look a more frayed and cozy.

Now all you need to do is make a dozen of those and  attach them to the wreath.  I used a 10 inch straw wreath form and it took exactly 2 skeins of  yarn to fill it up.  You could hot glue them or just wrap string around them and tie them on.  I chose the latter because I’m a little lazy with my crafts and didn’t feel like firing up the glue gun.

This project took about an hour an a half , cost about $14, and was definitely worth the explosion of yarn and fuzz in my schoolroom.  Actually, the girls did 90% of the work, while I flitted around with a host of other (very ordinary) things, including my collaborative mantel project.  The girls did a great job!


And for all you friends who gave it your all trying to help me with my Christmas mantel, I want you to know that I had paint on my grannie pj’s by 5:30 this morning.

I was mixing paint like nobody’s business.

Check out the coral-ish/pinkified/sal-mon colored mirror here!

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather December 7, 2012 at 12:36 am

What I love most is the texture it adds to your decor!
Thanks for sharing Edie! :)

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2 Kerri December 7, 2012 at 7:38 am

the coral looks amazing! I love it!! I have seen a lot of these pom pom wreaths and I am so excited now to try to make one! thanks for sharing!

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3 paige December 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

slamdunk sister!
the coral gold wreath is fantastic!!
if you were neighbor i would so come over in my jammies and hang with you at 530 am. like for real.

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4 edie December 7, 2012 at 8:54 am

yeah, so when ARE you moving to Bean Station, girlfriend? I’d even settle for a weekend visit:))))

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5 Nester December 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

1. you are too good to me. and you pretty much summed up how I feel about you (love fest much?)

2. I am making this beautiful wreath today and then performing a marriage ceremony with my snowball wreath, hoping they have little wreath babies so I can stop making them!!

your wreath is STUNNING.

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6 edie December 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

i could have gushed forever:))))
and i think our wreaths will make beautiful babies.
do show!!
xoxo,
edie

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7 Nester December 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

PS, made your Granny’s fudge on Monday, this is the third year I’ve made it, and it does not disappoint. It’s already gone.

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8 edie December 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

this is not a word of a lie—-i’ve made two batches today.
for gifts, but still.
grannie’s fudge is the single solitary reason i’ll never be skinny.
hmmmmm? i think that was her intent all along………

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9 Jessica December 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

Love this idea! Anything with yarn looks so warm and comforting for the winter. I think I will have my boys work on one of these for a Christmas gift. Very clever!

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10 kelly r. December 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

This is so pretty, and easy! I may be able to make one of these during naptime!

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11 edie December 7, 2012 at 5:03 pm

it’s a perfect nap time project, kelly!

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12 Ruth December 7, 2012 at 9:37 am

I saw this wreath and immediately fell in love with it, too. But definitely not with the price tag. I have been trying to clear out my craft stash. It’s a bit overwhelming but I’m getting there. I just made one wreath and now I have to see if there is enough yarn in my craft stash to make one of these babies. Love your choice if ribbon.
Hugs,
Ruth

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13 edie December 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm

judging by all your crocheting projects, there may NOT be enough yarn, dear friend! and i LOVE my goodies. you are too kind to me. i’m sending you an email soon:))))

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14 Amy Avery December 7, 2012 at 9:50 am

Such a cute wreath Edie! It is so very Anthro without the price tag! (Can’t wait for the Anthro store to open here in Knox-Vegas. It will be less than a mile from my house!) I wanted to tell you that you are so right about Nester (not that you needed to hear it from me.) She’s a wonderful friend to you and that is so hard to come by these days. She is also so giving and open and real to her readers and that is what I appreciate about her just as it is what I appreciate about you. I first met you just right before your house fire and I remember thinking that all I wanted to do was to give you a hug and some words of encouragement to let you know that you were not alone. Nester provided that avenue for all of us in blog land who love you to express our words to you. You are a giver of love and encouragement and I am glad to know you through this avenue as well as having in person too. I will always be grateful for your generosity and love that you share with such sincerity and grace. xoxo

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15 edie December 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

i know, let’s crash the Anthro grand opening!
your words are pure kindness.
love you,
edie

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16 Shilo December 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

I sort of wonder if you could use a mop head for this. Not as sophisticated as yarn but…MAYBE it would turn out cute?

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17 edie December 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Hmmmm, sounds like something fun to try. A new one, of course:))))

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18 Cynthia P December 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

What I love about this, is its simplicity..It took less then one hour to make .
I used 2 different colors..red and white and loved it..
Thank you for this awesome holiday gift !!

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19 edie December 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

OH YAY, Cynthia! So glad you did it. Post a pic to fb if you get a chance!
Can’t wait to see it:)))

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20 Cynthia P December 7, 2012 at 10:28 am

I completely forgot to say how simple the instructions are to follow…
Once again, thank you !!

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21 Catherine December 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Ok the wreath is great! BUT… the mirror painted “coral-ish” is wonderful! I love how the bricks look so nice with it. I didn’t even notice the brick before, the black brought out the black fireplace suround/box. Perfect!

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22 edie December 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Awww, so glad you like it, Catherine! Not everyone does. But I LOVE it!
Merry merry:))))

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23 Andrea December 7, 2012 at 8:21 pm

did you read my mind…..I have been searching for this….and here it is! Thank you so much…..I’m getting the supplies and making one this weekend!!! Happy Holidays!

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24 Kristi @ The Thrifty Gypsy December 10, 2012 at 12:39 am

I LOVE this project!! And I have been a crafting crazy lady lately!!! I just bought this same fluffy yard in red for another project, now I have to go back to get some ivory for this!! :)
Thanks for sharing xo

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25 Lindsay December 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

Ahh, thank you SO much for posting this! I recently made a (slightly different kind of) pom pom wreath (http://www.acrylicsandicing.com/2012/11/diy-holiday-wreath.html), but I’ve been searching high and low for another wreath idea for the kitchen. Aaaand I just so happen to be meeting with one of my girlfriends for a “wine and craft night” tonight, so I found it just in the nick of time (caught wind of it on Nesting Place)! Hopefully mine will turn out as good as yours… :)

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26 Sarah December 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

I must say…LOVE the orange ribbon! Beautiful!

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27 Claire December 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

I LOVE the wreath!!! Gorgeous!! And I was SO happy to see the link to the re-build video. I have watched the video that Nester made after the fire no less than 10 times since you first shared it. I cry like a little girl every time I see it (so here I am, crying in my coffee again!) but I could never seem to find the rebuild video after the first time I watched it a year ago. That video is the reason I immediately went on iTunes and bought that album!! Two beautiful videos – what a sweet friend she is to you. God is so good. :)

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28 Claire December 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

PS: I posted on your FB but just in case you don’t see it – I just featured this today!! :) Claire
http://alittleclaireification.com/2012/12/10/the-holidays-at-home-best-of-the-weekend-5/

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29 Katie December 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

All I can say is great minds think alike. :) Did I write this pos? haha. I made the same little cardboardy things for my pompoms too. And guess what? It came from my own brain, not pinterest. lol. It’s quite an achievement these days to have an original thought.

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30 Cynthia P December 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

Gals,
I posted a picture on FB of another wreath that I did.
It was a large wreath and I doubled the amount of pom poms around it.
;-)

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31 Kim January 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

Loving your site! Did you wrap the wreath with yarn to hide the straw? Thanks!

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32 Suzanne at Pieced Pastimes January 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Hi Edie – I was so inspired by your Pom-Pom Wreath that I made one myself for our 2013 Winter Mantel which I did a blog post on. Thanks so much for the tutorial and the inspiration.

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33 Pattys Pretty things January 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

Pretty wreath. I like the giant pom poms. I just made the Anthropologie last night – got the yarn on sale. I didn’t know how expensive it was at the store!! Mine was about $35 I think.

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34 Barb @ A Life in Balance December 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

I think I’m going to try this with my square wreath form. I had planned on using pine cones and never got around to collecting them to even get started. I’ve got lots of brightly colored yarn that would make a fun wreath.

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