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Pom-pom Christmas Tree tutorial

I’m going through a bit of a rough time at the moment, trying to sort through all my stuff to sell/donate/pack so we can make the house look uncluttered and get it on the market before we make the big move to South Africa. Although I have about 10 blog posts’ worth of tutorials and information inside my head, it’s proving difficult to find the time to actually write any of them! If anyone tells you that moving to another country (that uses a different voltage, so everything electrical will have to be sold and re-bought at the other end) is easy and non-stressful, they are lying…

But anyway. I’ve managed to squeeze in the time to make an easy Christmas craft: a Pom-pom Christmas tree!

pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

A few weeks ago, I picked up some Clover Pom-Pom Makers, for no reason at all except they look like fun and I doubt I’d be able to find them in South Africa. They are very clever, by the way: very fast and so much easier than having to pass the yarn through the centre of a ring each time! I’ll review them properly in another post when I have more time…

And now to the Pom-Pom Christmas tree tutorial:

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pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

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Pom-Pom Christmas Tree Tutorial

You will need:

  • Yarn in any colour(s) of your choice – I used worsted weight
  • Pom-pom maker – I used a 45mm (1 5/8″) size. See Notes below for alternatives.
  • Scissors – a small, sharp pair to cut the pom-poms, and a regular pair to cut the cardboard
  • Yarn needle
  • Cardstock – a square of thin card to form the base of the tree; I used an 11cm (~4.5″) square
  • Tape
  • Craft glue (any white glue will do)

Notes:

  • I wanted to make a snow-covered tree, so I held two strands of yarn together to make my pom-poms: one green and one white. (My white yarn is actually a ‘Christmas’ yarn with a decorative silver thread running through it, but don’t bother with fancy yarns like that because only the cut tips show, so I could have got the same effect with a plain white yarn!)
  • If you don’t have a Clover Pom-Pom Maker like mine, you can still make my pom-pom tree, using either the traditional cardboard circle technique or the finger-wrap technique to make the pom-poms.

Method:

1. Cut the card. You need to make the square into a quarter-circle by cutting off one corner as shown by the curved dotted line below. (It doesn’t have to be exact – it’ll all be hidden by the pom-poms – so you can just eyeball the curve.)
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

Here’s what you’ll end up with:
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

2. Bring the two straight sides together to roll the quarter-circle into a cone, so the two straight edges meet and then overlap. You see the little hole at the tip of the cone? That’s absolutely fine (in fact, we’ll use it later) so really, don’t worry about being neat with this. Tape in place.
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

3. Make a little slit (about 1cm long) at the bottom of the cone.
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

4. Make pom-poms! (use the instructions for your pom-pom maker, or one of the two alternatives I linked to in the notes above). Wind the yarn on…
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

Snip apart with sharp scissors…
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

Repeat until you have as many as you think you’ll need. (I started with a dozen and ended up needing 16. The exact number will depend on the size of your cone, the size of your pom-poms, and how closely you space them. You can make more later if you find you don’t have enough, so don’t worry too much about the number at this stage.)
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

5. Cut a long length of yarn – I cut about 1m to make sure it would be long enough – and thread it onto a yarn needle. Pass the needle through the centre of each pom-pom in turn, so you end up with a long chain of pom-poms. (Don’t cut off the excess yarn yet – you may need to add more poms shortly…)
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

6. Tie a large knot in one end of the yarn and slide the yarn into the slit at the bottom of your cardboard cone, with the knot on the inside.
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

7. Slide all the pom-poms down the yarn until the first pom touches the cone and each pom touches the next. Unless you want to be making poms constantly until Christmas Eve, don’t scrunch all the poms together, as shown here (look at the bunched up poms on the right):
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial
Each pom should instead just touch its neighbour, as shown here:
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

8. Now wrap the string of pom-poms around the cone in a spiral. They should cover the cone completely. You may find that you need more poms than you imagined; here, I’d only made 12:
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial
If this happens, just make more pom-poms and add them to the string. When you have enough (I used 16) the final pom-pom should sit on the top of the cone, so it’s completely covered:
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

9. When you’re happy with the number and positioning of the pom-poms, carefully unwrap the string from the cone and slather the cone with craft glue. Yes, I said slather and I mean slather – the amount in the photo below is not enough! While the glue is still wet, re-wrap the pom-pom string and then give the tree a gentle hug with your hands on all sides, to help the poms adhere to the cone. It doesn’t matter if they don’t all stick as long as most of them do!
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

10. When the glue has dried, lift up the top pom-pom (it won’t be stuck down unless you’re a gluing genius) and drop the yarn needle through the hole in the top of the cone.
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

11. Pull the excess yarn down through the bottom of the cone, cut another slit in the bottom of the cone and slide the yarn into it. This will help keep the tree together. Tie a knot in the yarn, to keep the yarn from slipping out of the slit., then snip off the excess yarn. Glue the knots down to the cone if you think your tree may get knocked about by kids or pets!
pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

12. Decorate! In my ‘less is more’ style, I decided to just make a mini-pom (25mm) as a star for the top of the tree. You could decorate yours with bead garlands, mini-pom baubles, or anything else you want.

pom-pom christmas tree tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please leave me a comment if you did, and consider leaving me a donation. Thanks!

And if you make one, feel free to add it to the PlanetJune Tutorials flickr group 🙂

12 Comments »

  1. Lindy said

    That’s a lovely pom-pom Christmas tree! It looks easy to make and is a great tutorial. Thanks!

  2. Louise said

    Wow what a lovely isea. I think you could do that with even young children. Thankyou.

  3. Sister Diane said

    This is adorable, June, and thank you so much for giving us a tutorial in the midst of your moving madness. I could see this little guy in so many cute color schemes!

  4. Cora Shaw said

    That is too cute! Love it!

  5. Amanda said

    HAHAHA! What a cute little poofy tree! <3 I love this!

  6. Meg P said

    This tree makes a great companion to the crocheted bobble tree pattern you published last year — thanks for another great idea!

    And I can’t believe you are accomplishing ANYTHING in the midst of this move! Congrats! peace, meg

  7. Kaylynne said

    I can’t wait to make a darling tree like yours!!! I am going to go and buy a pom-pom maker. I have wanted one for a long time but just haven’t had enough inspiration to actually follow through with it. You are such a great example for me to follow, you are so organized. Good luck with your move. My daughter lived in South Africa for 18 months about 5 years ago. She loved it.

  8. Chrystal said

    So cute! My kids need these. I’m a finger-wrappin kind of girl.

  9. ssbsel said

    its very cute and the instructions are so clear.. thank you for sharing.. 🙂

  10. grace said

    very nice it is simple to keep children going on their holidays i hope that they can do it

  11. emily said

    Amazing idea! I made one for my brother last Christmas and he loved it! Thank you so much for this amazing tutorial!

  12. Jeannine said

    Your creativity is enviable and wonderful! Thank you for sharing your talent with the world!

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