Decorating at this time of year is always hard for me. I’m tired of wintry looking things. Despite some recent warm temperatures bringing out a few early snowdrop blossoms, the full release of winter’s grip still seems a long way off here in upstate New York. I’m waiting for winter’s one-last-gasp blizzard before I set my sights on spring.
Nevertheless, I’m ready for something new and fun around my house. Something bright and colorful, but not flowery; wintry, but not dark and cold and harsh.
I decided a yarn pom-pom wreath was just right to add a little something to my winter decor, while still keeping it seasonally appropriate. So, it’s an “Early Spring Wreath”—that sounds so much more hopeful than a “Late Winter Wreath,” don’t you think?
Waste not, want not.
I found a wreath that I’d started a few years ago, and I love the colors of it. They’re perfect for this time of year, as they remind me of sunshine and iridescent snow and rain, with maybe just a few little peeks of flowers starting to pop up here and there.
However, the Philosopher said it was weird and scrawny looking, which was true. I didn’t want to go out and buy something, though (heaven forbid!), so I decided to see if I could improve on it a bit. The base for this wreath is just a wire hanger twisted into a circle with some white recycled t-shirt yarn crocheted over it. Unfortunately, it needed lots of pom-poms to fill it out.
I love making yarn pom-poms because they’re cheap, easy, and they don’t take forever—some of the most important qualities for me in a craft! I used acrylic yarn, either that people had given to me or leftovers from other projects. There’s no counting stitches, so I don’t have to pay super close attention while I’m making them; I can listen to something and start and stop easily. For this project, I could make as many or as few as I wanted, which I love. I simply don’t have the patience for huge projects. (I can muster some stamina on rare occasions, but most of the time it’s not worth it to me to expend that kind of energy on a craft.)
Anyway. Back to pom-poms.
I wanted various sizes of pom-poms for this wreath, so I used three different methods to make them: a fork, a used gift card, and a hunk of cardboard. Super fancy, eh?
So, here’s the process for making a pom-pom (photo guide below):
If using a fork, put a length of yarn through the tines of the fork to make it easier to tie together. If using a card or cardboard, just drape the yarn piece over one end. (Please, note, if you’re wanting to tie these onto a wreath form, make sure the length of yarn is long enough to tie around that. You could always use hot glue if you’d rather, but that’s much more final.)
Then, wrap the fork (or whatever) with yarn. More yarn makes your pom puffier, but also harder to tie and manage. Less yarn and your pom will be a little straggly, but easier to tie. I like to hit somewhere in between, so play around with it and see what you like.
When making small pom-poms on a fork, it works fine to just tie the small piece of yarn (the one in between the tines) around the whole bunch of wrapped yarn. It’s small enough that I can usually get it tight enough that the yarn doesn’t fall out of the pom. When making larger pom-poms (see the example using a gift card), I’ve found it works best to loop the small piece of yarn through one side of my wrapped yarn (as shown here) before tying it all together. It seems to help hold it all in place better.
I didn’t picture it here, but the piece of cardboard was simply cut into a rectangle slightly larger than the card. I used the exact same method for making pom-poms with it.
Now, lots of knots…
All that’s left to do is tie those cute little pom-poms to a wreath form. I arranged, tied, rearranged, and tied again many times as I tried to find a balance of pom-poms that I liked. Of course, you can do an entire wreath all the way around, but I liked the contrast between my scraggly little wire circlet and the puffy pom-poms, so I decided to do it this way.
After I had all the poms tied on and arranged, I took some yarn (pink, in this case) and wove it back and forth and in and out among all the pom-poms, pulling them toward the front and holding them in place where I wanted them. As you can see, I also wrapped a little around the other half of the wreath just to give a bit more visual interest and tie it into the other side.
So, there you have it! What’s your favorite way to decorate with pom-poms? How are you getting yourself through the last stretch of winter?
Happy almost-spring, everyone!
(If you liked this, you might also like this post about decorating with pom-poms and branches.)