Cool fall weather is going to be here before you know it, so it's time to get started on your fall decor DIY projects. I have been obsessed with yarn pom poms for quite a while, and when I started to think about how I wanted to decorate for fall, I knew I wanted to incorporate a few colorful pom poms into my decor this year. That's when I thought, 'why limit myself to just a few? Why not cover an entire pillow with yarn pom poms?' That's just what I did, and the resulting pillow is definitely a statement piece.
Isn't it just so fun and colorful? The yarn pom pom's give the pillow a cozy warm feel, but the bright vibrant colors are perfect for a colorful fall look. This is one project that is super simple to do, but does take a bit of time. Follow along after the break for the details.
- 9-10 skeins of yarn, the chunkier the better
- Pom Pom Maker's (I used three different sized pom pom makers for variation)
- Hot Glue gun and glue
- Plain pillow case and insert (or make your own pillow case using white fabric)
I used a number of my favorite colors of yarn for this pillow, but feel free to use the colors you like best. This is a great project for using up leftover pieces of yarn that you have from other projects too.
The number of pom poms you will need depends on the size of your pillow, but my pillow was 24" by 24" and I ended up needing roughly 50 pom poms of varying sizes. To make the pom pom making process easy on yourself, I would really encourage the investment in a pom pom maker (or 3). This project was the first time I used one and I was surprised how much easier it made the pom pom making.
Simply open the pom pom maker and begin wrapping your yarn around each side as shown above. When full, close the flaps and cut your yarn down the middle. Then tie a piece of yarn around the middle of the pom pom maker and open to release your pom pom. The final step is to trim up the pom pom to create your round shape. Now repeat this process 50 more times! You can make all solid color pom poms or vary it by adding several colors of yarn to one pom, or make a two one with one yarn color on one side and one color on the other. I love the variation of the pom poms and think it gives the pillow lots of visual interest.
Once you have all your pom poms made, use your hot glue gun to glue the pom poms to the pillow. Add a large blob of glue and then spread the pom pom open a bit and adhere it to the pillow as close to the center of the pom pom as possible. If you glue it on so that the glue is just on the outer edge of the pom pom, the pom pom can loosen easily and get pulled off. But by spreading the pom pom open a bit a gluing it as close to the center as possible, the pom pom will stay firmly attached.
Work your way around the pillow covering every part of the front of the pillow case. You may need to glue the pom poms to each other a bit to cover every spot. Once done, let your glue completely cool, then you are ready to display your work of yarn art proudly.
Although it is time consuming, this is a great project to do while catching up on your favorite shows. And the time input is totally worth it for such an amazing statement piece.