I’ve been using a lot of handmade wool poms in my Christmas decorating and I didn’t even think about making a tutorial for them. A tutorial was requested, though, so I thought I would oblige.
I made these when I was a kid, to use on hats, hair ties, socks, slippers, etc. I think most of the ones I made ended up as toys for our two siamese cats. (A little wallet I crocheted out of wool yarn became one of our cat’s “baby” for a time, but that’s another story.)
My inspiration for making these was some wool “snowball” garlands I bought from Anthropologie. They were so fluffy…it was definitely a Despicable Me moment. “They’re so fluffy, I’m gonna die!!“
I might not have thought that if I saw them online, but in the store they looked so amazing draped over an antique ladder and I bought one. I then bought a second one online.
And then I bought the matching wreath.
And then I realized I was going to spend a small fortune at Anthropologie if I didn’t make some myself. The main reason I bought the Anthro version was the yarn. They are made with a very thick, soft wool. When I looked into thick 100% wool yarn, it was pretty pricey and just made sense to buy from Anthro instead of DYI-ing them. So, I looked into other alternatives. I found this wool/acrylic blend yarn that had a natural look to it and was the thickest I could find “off-the-shelf.” It’s $5.00 for a 106 yard skein and I could make about 10-12 full poms per skein.
Since these are so simple, I think using pretty yarn is a real key to elevate this from a kid’s craft to a big-girl craft.
All you need for this project is yarn and scissors.
Cut off a 7-8″ piece of yarn to tie on the pom at the end and set is aside. Grab one end of the yarn between your thumb and pointer finger.
Wrap the yarn around your fingers, so it’s slightly snug, but not tight.
Once your fingers are covered with several layers of the yarn, clip it with scissors. It may take a couple of tries to figure out how much yarn you want for each pom, but you’ll get a feel for it.
If there is a tricky part in this project, this is it. Use your free hand to work the wrapped yarn off the wrapped hand, pinching it in the middle with your fingers, so it stays together. This is why it’s important not to wrap it too tight!
Wrap your fingers around the wound yarn and cinch it in the middle.
Take the 7-8″ piece of yarn you cut off in the beginning and tie it tightly around the cinched middle of the pom, double-knotted.
You should have a nice doughnut-esque shaped bundle of yarn
Clip all of the loops in half with scissors.
As you clip, you’ll start to see the pom take shape. Give it a little fluffing with your fingers to make sure all of the loops are cut.
You can keep your poms a little unruly and wild or give them a haircut. I prefer to trim them into a nice round shape, which is sort of funny, since I have some unruly and wild hair happening on my head. Neat poms. Messy hair. That’s what I always say.
And that’s it.
I tied them onto the ends of other pieces of yarn to make garlands and to hang them around lamps…
…and cow heads.
And I also just tucked them around the house. (My youngest son made the small one on his little hand. Aw.)
I think they’d also make good ornaments, bowl fillers, tree garland or bows for gifts. I just want to use them all over the house, which works out okay, because they are a pretty mindless thing to make once you get the hang of it. I whip out a few while I’m watching TV.
The Anthro wreath actually uses yarn of different thicknesses, which is a great way to create interesting textures.
Enjoy a fluffy, pom-filled holiday!