Create a Winter Wonderland Holiday Pom-Pom Treecomments (10) November 20th, 2008
When we hear pom-pom Christmas tree, we think of the 1960s aluminum tree with pom-poms on the ends of the branches with the revolving color wheel of lights. My pom-pom tree appeals to the softer side of yarn lovers and will not bring back memories of beehive hairdos and Beatle boots! Use it as a holiday table centerpiece or to dress up your seasonal mantelpiece display.
This is a great project for using up random partial skeins in a rainbow of colors, or you could go for the purist route and purchase yarn in a single color scheme for a harmonious effect. I decided not to use the same yarn style, brand, or gauge to create visual interest and a handcrafted appeal.
The traditional way of making pom-poms by wrapping the yarn around cardboard is tedious and often results in a less than perfect pom-pom. Clover Needlecraft recently came out with a slick pom-pom maker that makes quick work out of creating these cute little adornments. They come in a variety of models to create pom-poms as large as 4-1/2 inches to as small as 3/4 inch. My tool-loving husband was fascinated by the gadget and ended up cranking out more than half of the balls required for the project.
• Craft yarn such as Lion Brand yarn, Bernat, or Red Heart make great pom-poms and are readily available. I used the following yarn:
1 skein each: Lion Brand Wool-Ease and Wool-Ease chunky in Tinsel White
1 skein: Lion Brand Jiffy in White
1 skein: Lion Brand Homespun in Hepplewhite
1/2 skein: Bernat Baby Coordinates in color 005 (white)
Around 100 pom-poms were completed. That doesn’t include the ones the cat ran off with!
• Clover Pom-Pom Makers (a package of large-size 2-1/2 inches and 3-3/8 inches and a package of small-size 1-3/8 inches and 1-5/8 inches)
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