The January Ready, Set, Craft! challenge item was YARN. As one of the co-hosts of the monthly challenge, it was my turn to choose the item. I have a big bag of yarn remnants I’ve had for years from my grandma so I decided to try to use those for something (finally!). Someday I’d like to learn to knit or crochet. I tried crochet when I was younger but was never very good at it. I have a simple DIY anyone can do: yarn pom poms! You can use these little yarn pom poms for so many different things: a cute banner, a mobile, trim on curtains or pillows, etc. For this month’s project I used them to make a knock off Anthropologie wreath. This wreath retailed for over $100 – mine was FREE. Even if you had to buy the supplies, it should cost less than $10 to make. I sat and made the yarn pom poms while watching The Mindy Project during the holidays.
- Cut a small piece of yarn (about 8 inches) and lay it between you middle and ring finger
- Hold the end of the yarn between your ring finger and thumb. Then start wrapping.
- Keep wrapping until you have a good amount on your fingers. The more you wrap, the fuller the yarn pom poms will be.
- Snip the end of the yarn from the spool and pull up the piece of yarn that’s been resting between your fingers.
- Gently slip the yarn ball off your fingers and pull the small piece of yarn tightly to knot it. I double knot here.
- Holding the ball in the middle, slip the end of the scissors through the loop the yarn made and cut the edges.
- Cut the other side.
- You now have a yarn pom pom! You can trim it or leave it crazy like I did.
I made about 30 yarn pom poms for my Happy New Year wreath, but may go back and add a few more so it’s even fuller. After wrapping the wreath form with fabric, I used straight pins to attach the yarn pom poms to the wreath. You could also use a hot glue gun, but I wanted something less permanent and the pins held the poms in place just fine. The yarn pom poms reminded me of fireworks so I added a Happy New Year banner I cut out with my Silhouette machine.