Saturday, September 15, 2012

Fall Pom Pom Wreath

For the past two weeks or so, I have been struggling through a new wreath project. The last wreath I made for the front door was such a success, that it was up since February! It was time for a change. Unfortunately, this wreath was not such a breeze to make. I completed wreath version one last week but didn't like it. At. All. So I ripped it apart and started over. Read on to see the completed wreath and the trial and error it took to get there.

I knew that I wanted to use up some of my piles of yarn. I also knew that I wanted it to be a fall themed wreath. I immediately went to my recently renovated closet to get some fall colored yarns. I picked out oranges, red oranges, purples, golds and greens.


I then got some scrap mat board and measured three templates for some pom poms. I did one inch, two inches and three inches. You can use any thick board that will still bend, such as a thin cardboard.


Then I made a ton of pom poms out of all different types of yarn. I learned that not all yarns are ideal for pom poms.

The first step is to wrap the yarn around your template in one section. For this demonstration I used a red orange yarn that was soft and strechy. It had a nice metallic thread sewn down the middle.


Then you cut another small strip of the same yarn. Carefully bend the mat board to get the coil of yarn off the template. Be careful not to disturb the coil! Next you lay the coil on top of the strip of yarn. Tie the yarn strip around the coil.


Take some scissors and cut all the loops. Flatten the pom pom and trim the edges so that it makes a perfect circle. Flatten the pom pom and cut the edges in at least two directions to ensure a nice round pom pom.


I tried a carpet warp yarn. The coils stuck together better than the yarn shown above so it was easier to tie the yarn strip around it. However, the yarn was too stiff and didn't puff out quite as nicely.


I made a whole bunch. My favorite was the red orange, soft, puffy yarn.


Here's the rest that I made:


I had a canvas covered frame that I picked up from a store closing for $2. I decided to use that as my base for my wreath. I used hot glue to glue my pom poms on.


After all that, I wasn't happy with my color selection. I felt that there was way to much going on! So I ripped off all the purple and green pom poms and made a ton more red orange ones to fill in all the gaps.

When I was done, I felt the wreath looked a little too plain. Figures, right? So I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up a few things on sale. I got two mini swags of glass/plastic beads for a little over $1 each. I also got a mini white pumpkin for about $1.50. When I saw some brown animal print ribbon, I just had to snatch that up! It was $4 for a roll of 30 feet so there was plenty for the wreath and for future projects. All these things were 40% off... Score!


Here are some close up shots:



 
 

Still not one hundred percent sure how much I like it but it will do for now!


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7 comments:

  1. I've seen square wreaths before, and yours is particularly nice! I really love the pom poms, the color, the pumpkin... even the animal print bow is a really wonderful touch! The inspiration of your version might be just the thing my wreathless door needs. Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

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  3. What an awesome idea! I love the colors and the square design!
    Visiting from Handy Man, Crafty Woman party!

    Susie at Puddle Jumper Creations

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  4. your wreath is adorable! very clever idea! thanks for sharing.

    Jennifer

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  5. That's the first square wreath I've seen and I love how soft and fluffy it is! Pom poms are so fun to work with and a great way to use your stash! Thanks for linking up at printabelle.

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  6. Oh I think thats just adorable!! and I love that it's square!
    Robyn :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing a wonderful Fall project. You have been featured on this weeks Monday Funday link up at http://melsdaisypatch.blogspot.com. Come grab a brag button.

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