Making pompoms is something most kids love to do. It keeps them occupied for ages and even young children can learn to make them quickly, although they do need an adult’s help with cutting and finishing them off.
This fun Pompom Christmas Wreath is a fun activity that the whole family can join in with to make a one of a kind wreath to display with pride!
How to make a Pompom Christmas Wreath
1 ball of red wool
1 ball of green wool
Craft wire or old wire coathanger
Step 1: Take your cardboard and draw around a cup or beaker to create your circle. Each pompom needs two circles. Cut them out then cut a smaller circle out of the centre so that it looks like a ring doughnut.
Step 2: Place two discs together. Cut a length of wool and tie one end around the discs. Start wrapping the wool around the disc, working your way around until it is completely covered.
Step 3: Keep working around the disc with your wool until it is completely covered. When the length runs out tie some more onto it. Keep working your way around several times until your discs are covered by a thick layer and the hole at the centre becomes too small to feed any more wool through.
Experiment with the wool. As well as making solid green or red pompoms you can achieve different effects by mixing the two different colours together, or by wrapping the discs with one colour then another colour. To work through your pompom faster you can work with two or three lengths of wool at a time, feeding them through and wrapping them around all together.
Step 4: When your discs are completely covered in a thick layer of wool carefully take a pair of scissors and start cutting around the edge in between the two discs of cardboard. Be careful that a) you don’t pull the wool out as you haven’t yet secured it and b) perhaps more importantly, be careful you don’t cut yourself!
Step 5: Once you have cut around your pompom it should look like the picture above.
Step 6: Now you need to secure your pompom so that it doesn’t fall apart. Cut a short length (about 6″) of wool. Slot it in between the two cardboard discs and tie a tight knot in the centre of the ball. You may want to tie it two or three times.
Step 7: Carefully and without pulling at the wool pull away the cardboard discs. You can also cut them away if you don’t want to re-use them. Your pompom should like the picture above.
Step 8: Gently roll your pompom around in your hands to bring it together into a fluffy ball. Now it looks like a proper pompom!
Step 9: Cut your craft wire or old coat-hanger to the length required and shape into a circle. Remember to include a loop at the top for hanging.
Step 10: Cover the loop at the top by wrapping wool around it. Tie each pompom onto the wire until the wire is completely covered.
There! Now you have your very own, original family Christmas Wreath!