I looked at making a traditional wreath this year, but honestly it looked to be such a faff sourcing small amounts of nice, live, greenery and I wasn’t particularly keen on the look of the artificial stuff. I loved the idea of making a pom pom wreath; I could buy yarn cheaply and spend a relaxing (hungover) Sunday afternoon in bed, making pom poms and watching Netflix.
Before you start, you’ll need to decide on a colour scheme. I went for a 5 colour jewel toned scheme as I like kitschy Christmas decorations, but choose whatever goes with your decor. You could go with reds and greens for something typically festive, or a white/cream/pale grey or blue mix would make a lovely wintery wreath. In hindsight, I put too much white in mine but whatcha gonna do.
For making the pom poms, I recommend investing in some pom pom makers. I have tried every DIY method going and nothing is as good. These are a little fiddly at first, but once you get used to them they are quick and they create much denser, rounder pom poms than anything like the fork method. You can make a DIY version of this pom pom makers (there’s a good tutorial here) but they aren’t really durable enough for making more than a few.
I made a few mixed pom poms, these are a little more fiddly than the plain ones, but I like they difference in texture they add. To make the ‘dotted’ poms, you need to just randomly intersperse your secondary colour with your primary. Try to make sure the colours alternate in your layers as well as next to each other, if a yellow is on top of a yellow then it’ll be a bit blocky. You could do this with more than two colours.
To make the striped pom poms, wrap wool around one side of the pom pom maker in three colour sections. Repeat this on the other half of the pom pom maker, in reverse so when you close the two halves, the colours match up.
When attaching the pom poms to the wreath, you have a few options. If you make sure you leave the tie for the pom pom long enough, you can tie them around the back. My preferred method is keeping the ties long, pulling them taut and hot glueing them round the back so they say tight to the wreath as well as secure. From a health and safety perspective, I probably shouldn’t tell you to use hot glue as it can melt the polystyrene, but if you just keep turning the gun off when it’s hot and keeping the glue at an even warm temperature, it’s fiiiine.
Once you’ve got all the pom poms on, you might need to make a few small ones to put round the outside to give it a more rounded look.
The finishing touches are just some cheap gold ornaments. These add the festive factor, as well as breaking up the pom pom texture. Add some string to the loop on them and attach the same way as the pom poms. I didn’t want to spend huge amounts of money, so the small shiny gold ones were £1.50 from IKEA, the glittery ones were from a set that was on sale at £1.50 in Hobbycraft and the jingle bells were from eBay.
To the back, I added a ribbon, trying to stick it along the wreath seams so it’d hold the weight evenly. I then covered the back with felt to protect the threads at the back and to give it a little more ‘finish’. This doesn’t have to be super neat and personally I wouldn’t worry about every gap of white, just so long as the majority of the back is protected.
Find somewhere to hang and marvel in it’s kitschy delight. You could also wrap some LED fairy lights (LEDs don’t give off any heat) around the wreath at this point. Also…try not to drop yours like I did mine and smash one of the glittery baubles. 🙁
DIY Pom Pom Wreath
Yarn in colours of your choice, I recommend at least DK thickness
Pom pom makers
Assorted Christmas decorations, e.g. baubles, jingle bells
Hot glue gun, or other quick drying glue
Ribbon or string for hanging
Felt or other thick fabric (optional)
Step 1. Create at least 40 medium pom poms. I made a few large ones, and some smaller size ones too. Make sure the length of string/yarn you use to tie around the pom pom is long enough to tie around the back of the polystyrene wreath.
Step 2. Arrange the wreath on a table first and get a feel as to where you’ll place the colours. It’d be ideal to attaching your hanging ribbon/string now by wrapping it around the wreath, but if you’re feeling indecisive, this can be done at the end too.
Step 3. Place a pom pom where you want it on the wreath, and pull the loose thread tightly around the back and hot glue them down. Repeat this around the wreath. Once finished, you might need to make some extra small pom poms to round out the shape around the outer or inner edge.
Warning: If using hot glue, try to keep the glue warm rather than hot by turning it off the gun once it’s too hot or it will melt the polystyrene wreath.
Step 4. Tie string to the hoop of your ornaments and place on the wreath where you think you’d like them. If happy with placement, pull the strings through to the back of the wreath and glue. You can add other decorations, such as hang ornaments or ribbons from the bottom.
Step 5. Trim any loose or hanging strings from the back of the wreath. If you didn’t in Step 1, add a ribbon/string to hang your wreath with to the back. Make sure you glue it along the wreath seams, if you can.
Step 6 (optional). Hold felt over the back of your wreath and using a pencil, roughly draw a line where you’ll need to cut it. It is easiest to do this in sections. Don’t worry about making it perfect, just try to cover the majority of the glued down string to neaten it up.