When the holidays are over and all the decorations are put back in the basement until next year, my house feels boring. Nothing exciting is left — no twinkling lights, glitter or garland.
Beat the post-holiday blues by decorating for winter, with this pretty DIY yarn wreath!
It's luscious, fuzzy poms add a warmth and texture to my living room, creating a lovely cozy feeling. You could do your wreath in any color yarn you desire, but I really love the way the shades of off-white brighten up otherwise dark days.
You will need:
- Yarns of various weight and fiber content (I suggest dk-worsted weight): I used a bulky alpaca held together with a worsted weight cotton/wool blend for some pompoms and the alpaca held with a worsted weight merino/silk blend for others. I think the sheen from the merino/silk yarn was a really lovely contrast against the others and looks wonderful with the alpaca.
- book approximately 4 1/2" wide (or 4" pompom maker)
- 12" wire-wreath frame: You can also use a wood wreath frame
- scrap ribbon
Step 1: Wrap your yarn.
Hold together the bulky weight along with another weight of yarn and wrap it about 50-60 times around your book or pompom maker. If you are using lighter weight yarns, you will want to hold more strands together. If you opt for smaller pompoms, you will need to make more.
Step 2: Remove yarn.
Cut a length of yarn about 8", and lay it flat.
Carefully slide the wrapped yarn off the book/pompom maker and lay over the length of yarn.
Step 3: Make pompom.
Tie the yarn tightly around the wrapped yarn.
Use scissors to cut the loops.
Optional: Shape pom by trimming any wild pieces, to achieve a more uniform look. You can also fluff and leave pompom in its natural state like I did. I liked the texture this gave to the final piece.
Step 4: Tie or glue pompoms to wreath frame.
If you are using the wire frame, use the long piece of yarn (the one used to create the pom to tie pompoms to the frame. Tie them relatively tightly, but not so tight that you can slide them around to readjust later.
If you are using a wood frame, use hot glue to secure your pompoms into place.
Step 5: Hang your wreath.
Once your pompoms are secure, you are ready to hand your wreath. I used some ribbon I had on hand and cut about a 12" length. I looped this around the wire frame, using the fullness of the pompoms to hide the ribbon in front. I knotted it, and left the long edges hanging behind (although I did trim them to look a bit neater).
And that's it! This project used up a ton of leftover yarn and made a dozen pompoms that covered a 12" wreath frame. The amount of pompoms you will need will vary depending on the size of your frame and the weight and size of your pompoms.
This wreath will add a bit more yarn into your home to look at and love. I'd love to know how you use yarn to decorate in your home.