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Pom Pom Party
Whether your design aesthetic is boho chic or modern minimalist, you can step up your home décor game for holidays and special occasions with a cute, yarn pom-pom wreath that suits your style.
We share four soft and touchable ideas that you won't find anywhere. Here's how to make a statement with a DIY pom-pom wreath.Continue to 2 of 23 below.
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You Won't Find These Tips Anywhere Else
We believe yarn pom-pom decorations should be touchable soft. But we've seen dozens of pom-pom DIYs that involve prickly pins, stiff metal wire, and sticky, hot glue. Not so cuddly, right? Our mega pom-pom tutorial explains how to make plush wreaths without the ouch factor. You won't find these tips anywhere.Continue to 3 of 23 below.
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Basic Pom-Pom Supplies
Materials and tools:
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- Pom-pom maker (we share what to use in a jiffy)
- Sharp scissors
- Fabric glue
- Crochet thread size 10 — pick a color that works with your yarn
- Embroidery needle for crochet thread
- Wreath frame
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There are two ways to make yarn pom-poms.
The old school method involves wrapping yarn around a homemade cardboard tool that tends to warp. It's a DIY solution that gets frustrating fast if you're making more than a dozen pom-poms. To view the process, watch this video tutorial.
We suggest going new school with a plastic pom-pom maker.
Each pom-pom making tool is... made up of two separate semicircular pieces that snap together to form a complete circle. To use, wrap yarn around each section, one semicircle at a time.Continue to 6 of 23 below.
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Let's Talk Yarn
Before we start making pom-poms, let's talk yarn. If you knit or crochet, you already know that a yarn's weight, ply, and texture will determine the look of a project.
If this is brand-new information, take a look at this boho-chic half wreath created from yarn remnants. It incorporates a mash-up of fuzzy, fluffy, and plush pom-poms made from different types of inexpensive acrylic yarn. Let's take a closer peek.Continue to 7 of 23 below.
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How to Make Fluffy Pom-Poms
First off, here's a quick yarn primer:
- Yarn weight or worst applies to strand thickness.
- Ply refers to the number of times the fiber used to make a particular yarn is twisted together. In a nutshell the fewer twists, the fuzzier the yarn. More on that below.
The red and magenta pom-pom on the left looks extra fluffy and downy because it's made of a single-ply yarn. As you may have already guessed, single-ply yarn has only one twist in it. To get the gist, strand number one shown here is... single-ply. The yarn's fuzzy texture is perfect for making plush, cloud-like pom-poms.
A yarn's thickness also matters. The colorful orange pom-pom on the right resembles a popcorn ball because it was created using a thick, chunky yarn.Continue to 8 of 23 below.
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How to Make Plump Pom-Poms
If you want the strands of yarn in your pom-poms to pop and stand out, go with four-ply or higher. As we just explained, the more plies, the less fuzzy the yarn.
The orange pom-pom on the left appears floppy and drapey. That's because it's made of lightweight four-ply yarn.
The green pom-pom on the right appears thicker and fuller since it's made of medium weight four-ply.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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How to Make Yarn Pom-Poms
Grab your yarn -- it's time to get making. Here's how to make perfect pom-poms in five easy steps.
- Open one section of the pom-pom tool as shown on the right. Then wrap yarn around the curved "arm."
- Close the wrapped arm.
- Open the second section of the pom-pom tool and wrap.
- Shut the wrapped arm as indicated on the left.
Tip: Looking for consistency in size and shape? Make a few test pom-poms to determine how much yarn to use.Continue to 10 of 23 below.
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How to Cut Pom-Poms
- With both wrapped arms closed, insert your scissors into the tool's groove and cut yarn one side at a time.
Tip: There's a real chance your regular household scissors won't fit. If that's the case, pick up a pair of small precision scissors with sharp ground tips designed for highly detailed paper cutting. Be warned, scissors like these are super sharp so always store with the safety cover in place.Continue to 11 of 23 below.
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How to Tie Pom-Poms
- Tie off the pom-pom by inserting a piece of crochet thread around the groove as indicated.
- Pull tight and knot.
- Turn the tool upside down and pull crochet thread tightly again and double knot to prevent loosening
Tip: Why crochet thread? The tighter the knot, the fuller the pom-pom. While many tutorials suggest regular sewing thread, it snaps and breaks when pulled tightly making it nearly impossible to create perfect pom-poms. What about those other tutorials that use yarn to tie... off? Since crochet thread is much thinner, it creates a fuller and rounder pom-pom.Continue to 12 of 23 below.
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Dab Fabric Glue
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- Open the pom-pom tool and remove the pom-pom.
- Make sure your knot never loosens with a drop of fabric glue.
- Cut off the extra crochet thread. There's one more step — promise!
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Fluff and Trim
- Shape and fluff your pom-pom using your hands.
- Does your pom-pom look a tad imperfect? No problem! Give it a trim for a neater appearance.
Tip: Got questions? Watch this tutorial on how to use Clover Pom-Pom Makers.Continue to 14 of 23 below.
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Let's Make a Pom-Pom Wreath
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- Wrap yarn around the wreath frame as indicated.
- Afterward, knot and secure yarn with a dab of fabric glue.
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Cute Front and Back
The reason for wrapping the forms in yarn? There are two:
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- First, it makes your wreath look neat and cute from behind. When you're done wrapping the yarn, knot and glue on the pom-pom side of the frame.
- Second, you'll be hand sewing the pom-poms into the yarn. It's super easy to do, no sewing skills required!
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How to Attach Pom-Poms
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- Thread your embroidery needle with crochet thread.
- Create a loop at the opposite end of crochet thread and knot.
- Pierce your pom-pom through the center as shown.
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- Pull the needle through the pom-pom.
- Remember and loop you created when you knotted the opposite end of the crochet thread? Pull the needle through the loop to secure the thread to the pom-pom.
- Now pull the thread through the pom-pom.
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Attach to Wreath Form
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- Sew the bottom into place as indicated.
- If pom-pom feels too loose, using the needle pull the thread through the pom-pom again to tighten.
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Securing the Next Pom-Pom
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- To attach the next pom-pom, loop the needle under a stand of yarn.
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Keep Adding Pom-Poms
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- Next, pull the needle through the middle of the pom-pom as you've done before.
- Continue adding pom-poms until done.
- Knot crochet thread.
- Dab a little glue onto knot.
- Trim ends from crochet thread.
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Pom-Pom Wreath: Layout Your Design
Before you start sewing, you may want to layout your design. While there are no hard-and-fast rules, here are some tips to keep in mind:
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- You can create this cuddly, white pom-pom wreath using either a metal or foam frame. For the record, we used the latter.
- We used two skeins of Wool-Ease Thick and Quick by Lionbrand in Fisherman.
- First, attach a ring of pom-poms to the inner edge of the form around the circular opening.
- Next, add a circle of pom-poms to the front facing side and then the outer... edge.
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Pom-Pom Wreath: Simple Layout
Here another design idea. Again, you can use a foam or metal frame — for this project, we went with the latter.
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- This confetti-inspired wreath was made using 10 large pom-poms created from one skein of Color Waves by Lionbrand in Ocean Drive and five small pom-poms in different colors plucked from a package of Bonbons by Lionbrand in Brights.
- First, cover roughly 80 percent of the wreath with the large pom-poms. To do attach side-by-side.
- Fill the remaining section with small pom-poms.
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Pom-Pom Wreath: Go Boho-Chic
You can make this boho-chic wreath using yarn remnants in different colors, plies, and textures. Here's what we did:
- We wrapped a metal 12-inch form with Isaac Mizrahi Craft Lexington Yarn in a multicolor shade called Stuyvesant.
- Afterward, we covered half the frame with pom-poms.
Here's a list of the other yarns used:
- Landscapes Yarn by Lionbrand in Boardwalk, Apple Orchard, and Tropics
- Isaac Mizrahi Craft Lexington Yarn in York
Isaac Mizrahi CRAFT Sutton Yarn in Morningside
Isaac Mizrahi... CRAFT Sutton Yarn in West End
Wool-Ease Tonal Yarn by Lionbrand in Lime and Vermillion
Wool-Ease Thick& Quick by Lionbrand in Fisherman