12.08.2008

merry pompom. kind of a tutorial.

I've been wanting a bright, inexpensive and unique wreath for our front door. And...I've been loving pompoms lately. So I combined the two. A pompom wreath.

I like it. I'm not assuming that everyone will, because it looks a little like the carpet in our neighbors house across the cul-de-sac in like 1983, but the old shag feel is what I like about it.

For those of you who can appreciate funky 80's shag, here's what I did.

I used jewelry pliers to bend floral wire into the size of wreath I wanted. You could probably use an embroidery hoop, but I didn't want to spend money so I used what I had. I wrapped the wire in a couple layers to make it strong enough not to bend too much.

Then I made a ginormous amount of pompoms using my favorite new tool, the pompom maker. A great gift idea for a crafter.

I tied each pompom onto the wire, using one end of each piece of yarn to tie it to the next pompom, so they'd stay tight in place.


Easy. It took a day, with interruptions.


These tags are easy, too. Just print your greeting on carstock and gluestick it to another fancy paper and cut it into a circle. I have a cool houndstooth print on the back of this one.

Sew around the edge with your sewing machine using a bright color thread. Be sure to let the gluestick dry completely before you do this, or you'll have an uncooperative sewing machine. And a sticky needle. And an unmerry Christmas, because sticky needles stink.

Put an eyelet (my other favorite crafty tool) in the top and tie a piece of yarn on.

Use these for gift tags, or tree ornaments. With trendy sayings like believe, joy, or cheesecake. You know, the kind of sentiments that encourage world peace.

Merry Crafty Christmas.
side note: After searching my new blog love, danielle thompson (mentioned in the post above) I found this. A pompom wreath. Fate? mmm hmm. We were meant to be. I like her colors a ton; I may have to make another. And trim them more. I love it.

10 comments:

♥ Somebody Loved ♥ said...

I love your PomPom wreath. Of course before I could mmake one I would need all of those snazy tools.
ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

jen said...

LOVE this, and thanks for introducing me to the pom pom maker :)

Katy Beth said...

Love it! So making one & putting on our door....when we have our own agian lol

Donna said...

I love it but what the crap is a pom pom maker, and how do you use it? I need a tutorial on the tools! Lol. I bake not craft help!

wendy said...

FUN - how about this---just put a different "hanging thing" in the middle and you can use it all year round.

cally said...

donna, you're crazy. You can't move to NY without having a solid understanding of the pompom maker.

You buy it. You wrap yarn around it. Then you cut, and tie.

PomPom.

There are instructions in the package. Don't try to make a pompom without a maker.

PS. I love Christmas baking stuff. You know where I live.

Mama Cher, Ok, fine, it's Sharon said...

That is a very cute wreath. Definitely one I would like to hang on my door!

corrie said...

Cally! so cute. you crafty girl.
love it

Donna said...

Oh dang. I might go to hobby lobby and check one out. I'm scared. We should have a baking fiesta though. You need an extra layer for the winter. I mean if its good for the bears.....

Mam said...

Love it! Perfect craft for grandchildren.