Now that Christmas is even remotely close, my kids are already in full swing when it comes to wanting to make ornaments of their own. It’s a family tradition in our house to make all kinds of things that we can hang from our tree. Lately, we’ve been really big into yarn based crafts because I’m also a big knitter, so we always have scrap yarn on hand where it’s convenient for crafting. That’s how I came up with the idea for making adorable pom pom angel tree ornaments! I was actually so happy with the finished product that I decided to make another one just so I could outlined the process for other people to try out as well.
Check out these full step by step instructions complete with pictures! If you’re more of a video tutorial person, keep scrolling to the bottom of this post to find what you’re looking for.
For this project, you’ll need:
- Wooden beads (one small and one big)
- Silver paint
- A paintbrush
- Pink yarn
- Markers (black, red, and pink)
Step 1: gather your materials!
Get everything you need to do this craft so you’re prepared.
Step 2: paint the head
Around the top of your larger wooden bead, paint a silver semi-circular shape with waving edges at the front like bangs and a rounded edge lower at the back. This will be your angel’s hair. Set this bead aside to dry. This will be your angel’s head and hair.
Step 3: paint the bun
Paint the entire smaller wooden bead silver as well and set it aside to dry. This will be your angel’s bun.
Step 4: start making the pom pom
Use your pink yarn to make a large pom pom. Start by cutting a piece of about six inches fro, the yarn and fold it in half so you have a loop at one end and two loose ends met up at the other. Hold it about halfway along its folded length between your middle and ring fingers, with your loose ends on the inside of your hand where your palm is and the loop at the back of your hand. Take the end of the ball of yarn and hold it against the inside of your four fingers with your thumb. Start wrapping the yarn around and around the full width of your four fingers (make sure the ends of the original piece between your fingers stick out one side so they aren’t caught underneath the wrapped yarn) until you have a yarn bundle about two inches wide and half an inch thick wrapped around your fingers. Cut your yarn bundle free from the ball.
Step 5: tie
Pull the yarn loop from the back of your hand around to the front, passing the tips of your fingers, then pull the loose ends of your original piece from the far side of the bundle, nearer your palm, and pass them through the loop, pulling hard to cinch the yarn bundle in the middle. Slide the whole bundle off the ends of your four fingers and wrap the looped ends around the middle to cinch it more concretely. Pull tightly and knot the ends well.
Step 6: cut
Cut the loops on each side of your cinched yarn bundle so that they spring apart as loose ends. Fluff the pom pom so it achieves a more rounded shape, with the ends making a whole sphere.
Step 7: trim
Holding your original piece’s ends aside (you’ll use them later), start trimming the pom poms ends all around, giving it a smoother and more rounded shape.
Step 8: thread the head
Pass the two ends of your original piece, which will now be the longest, through the hole in your larger wooden bead.
Step 9: add the bun
Pass your two longer string ends through the hole in your smaller painted wooden bead, then tie the ends in a knot, sliding it right down against the bead to keep the head and bun in place. Then tie another not high above the bead, nearer the actual ends, to make a loop that you can hang your ornament from.
Step 10: draw the face
Use your markers or felt tip pens to draw your angel’s face. I used black to make the eyes and lashes and red to make the smile.
Step 11: tie with a ribbon
Tie your ribbon in a bow around the silver bun and trim the excess of the ends off. Your angel now has a hair bow!
Your adorable little angel is officially finished! Just in case you’d like to try this project out for yourself, here’s a fantastic tutorial video to help you!