Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fall "pom-pom" wreath...the Tutorial

Just in case anyone is interested, I put together a tutorial of the Fall Pom-pom Wreath!
Here's what you'll need:
yarn (2 colors or however many variations you want)
2 colors of felt (one for flower and one for centers of the flower)
3 colors of fleece (or however many variations you want)
needle and thread
scissors
scalloped or zig-zag edged scissors
hot glue gun and glue
a 10-12" straw wreath

First, let's make the pom-poms! These are the most time consuming part and you'll need lots:
Before you start, cut a piece of yarn about 6 inches long or more. Set aside.
Grab the end of your ball of yarn and hold the end in front of 2 fingers for a small pom-pom (3 fingers for medium, 4 for large) Keep your fingers slightly spread so that it doesn't end up too tight to slide yarn between your fingers when we're done (see below)
Start wrapping around your fingers.
Wrap about 50 times around or until you have a large amount.
Push the yarn roll to the edge of your fingers.
Slip your pre-cut (6 or more inch) scrap of yarn between your two fingers.
Pull the piece of yarn so it's all the way around the yarn roll.
Tie it off really tight into a double knot.
Cut all the loops of your yarn ball.

Trim the yarn ball until all the edges look even.
Make a bunch more until you have enough to cover most of the front and sides of your wreath.

Fleece Flowers:
Thread a needle with one end looped and set aside.
Cut your fleece in strips about 1 inch by 7 inches. Fold in half at one end and pinch to start the roll.
Start rolling the flower, folding the fleece in half as you go. (hopefully the picture is explaining it better then I am)

Flip the flower over (so the cut edges are facing down) Grab your threaded needle and push through all the layers of the fleece. Pull the needle through and loop it through the "looped end" of the thread.
Pull it tight until the edges are squeezed together. Tie it off.
Push the needle through the other side of the fleece through all the layers.
Pull tight and tie it off.
Trim off the thread. Flip back over to view your flower! Make a bunch more until you have your desired amount!
Felt Flowers:
To make the felt flowers, use my felt flower tutorial, but I did only 3 circles and obviously skipped the "clip" part. And here's what I did for the centers:
Cut a strip of the "center" felt about 4-5 inches long and about a 1/4 inch wide and use your scalloped/zig-zag scissors to scallop the edges.
Start at one end and roll it.

Glue it onto the center of your flower. Make 5 more of them.
Assemble your wreath focusing more on where to place the pom-poms and gluing the fleece flowers randomly in between.

Choose where to place your clusters of felt flowers and plan around them.
Keep gluing until it is nice and even and full.

Hang your wreath and admire!
Now go soak your fingers in ice water, because they're probably a bit sore from making all those pom-poms!!
I hope this tutorial made sense!! Feel free to ask me any questions you may have!

19 comments:

2littlehooligans said...

woo hoo! I know you made this just so i would leave you alone, right? thank you so much I was wondering how you made the flowers. ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!! This is the best handmade wreath I have even seen, really it is!

Jess said...

wow! I know how annoying pom poms are to make-kudos to you for doing so many! the wreath looks fantabulous! (that's a word!)

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Oh so glad you put together a tutorial for this beauty. Thanks, Nikki!

wendyp said...

Wow! My jaw dropped as soon as I saw this wreath! Absolutely stunning! I want one for my front door!!! Can't wait to give this a try!

alyssha lynn said...

I am so excited to see how to make pom-poms without cardboard cut outs and all that jazz :) I can't wait to try. Looks great!

2littlehooligans said...

Im not done obsessing over your wreath:) I have a few in the works but had to take a break for Christmas gifts. I linked your wreath over at luvinthemotherhood, hope you don't mind:) Seriously, it is the BEST wreath out there!!!

Sam said...

Found you on luvinthemommyhood.com, and I am now completely obsessed with making a Christmas version of this! I'm seriously dragging the kids out in the snow to buy yard today!

GretchenP said...

wow! just saw this on pinterest and i am crazy amazed loving it!! :) especially in fall colors.. it's the best!!

Heather said...

Love your wreath. I featured it today at So Creative. http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-roundup.html

Two Shades of Pink said...

This wreath is absolutely stunning. I am speechless. But it makes me ridiculously happy just looking at it! :)

supperann said...

this is THE cutest wreath! and oh my gosh my girls and i are going to have so. much. fun. making it! and i just love the idea of making a christmas version, too! excited!

p.s. i JUST discovered you today, darling.. we will be spending much time together ;)

Meeling said...

Love this!!

So colorful and kinda has a mid century modern vibe which I love!!

Kalei said...

Love this blog!! Definitely making this wreath and featuring it on our blog :)

http://epochbydesign.com/blog/diy-holiday-wreaths/

Meredith said...

I wanted to let you know that I featured your wreath on my blog!
www.sweet-raisins.blogspot.com

-Candi said...

I can't look at this w/o smiling, I simple adore it! It also looks far easier to just make poms by wrapping around my fingers then using a plastic pompom maker. I can't wait to make one!

Jaimee @ Craft, Interrupted said...

This looks like a huge bouquet of fall mums! It's so lovely! What a simple and fantastic project : ) I'm including this in a Gimme Five for Friday post on Fall Wreaths. Thanks for the inspiration!

lauraincucina said...

Meravigliosaaaaaaaaa!!1 cari saluti laura

Jo said...

Thanks for this tutorial. I have used it, made a far inferior wreath but I love it. So have linked to your tutorial on my Tumblr http://www.tumblr.com/blog/furrowsfrenzy

Charli Prater said...

I just finished this wreath using your tutorial!! I am so happy with the outcome! I was curious how you ended up hiding the wreath hanger?