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How to make a pom pom wall hanging - We Are Scout tutorial


Move over gallery walls – it’s all about statement wall hangings right now. The look of the moment is ultra textural and inspired by 1970s design, with multi-colours, tassels and super shaggy bits.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your own lush and textural wall hanging, with a contemporary spin. I’ve used giant pom poms, which are super-easy to make and no special skills are required.

It’s the perfect project for beginners, and a nice way to use up any overs in your yarn stash. And you don’t even have to buy new yarn. Use thrifted wool and feel good about turning leftovers into something beautiful for your home – handmade by you.

How to make a pom pom wall hanging - We Are Scout tutorial

To make this pom pom wall hanging you’ll need lots of yarn. I started off using yarn I already had in my stash, but because the pom-poms are so big, and I wanted to stick to a specific palette, I ran out and had to buy more.

This is a great stash-busting project, especially if you’re going for a multi-colour, anything-goes look. Using different types of yarns and thicknesses add texture, and although I mainly used wool, I mixed in cottons and acrylics, too.

You’ll also need an Ikea Komplement hanger to use as the backing structure. (Yes, this tutorial is an Ikea hack, too!) You could also use plastic gardening mesh attached to a length of dowel.

And finally, you’ll need pair of sharp scissors (the ones our mums used to call “the good scissors”), and a 115mm (4.5 inch) Clover pom pom maker. There are a few other ways to make pom-poms, but using a pom-pom maker is by far the easiest, and you get lovely lush round poms.

When making the pom poms, use different yarn colours and thicknesses in different sections. Wind two or three yarns at the same time. Mix it up to achieve an interesting finish.

How to use a Clover pom pom maker

How to make a pom pom with a Clover pom pom maker - We Are Scout tutorial

Wind the yarn onto the pom pom maker fairly tightly – this will make the poms very thick and dense.

After cutting the yarn on the pom pom maker, firmly tie a long piece of yarn around the centre, so you can easily hold and tie it.

When you remove the pom pom maker, trim the pom to create a perfect sphere. Keep turning it around in your hand, viewing it from all sides, and trim where needed.

How to make a pom pom wall hanging - We Are Scout tutorial

When you’ve made 16 pom poms, lay them out and move them around until you are happy with how the colours and patterns work together.

How to make a pom pom wall hanging - We Are Scout tutorial

Take the hanger and cut it into two sections – the top section with the hanger is three circles long. Set aside the bottom piece, and I’ll come up with another tutorial to use it!

TIP: You’ll notice that some of the pom poms on the underside – the part attached to the hanger – have some dark grey and violet pieces in them. I wanted to save the softer colours for the front of the wall hanging, so I wound the dark grey and violet yarn on one side of the pom pom maker, and ensured I positioned them facing the back of the hanger. It’s a sneaky way to use up yarn that doesn’t fit in your colour palette!

Starting at the top of the hanger, tie a pom-pom on to the centre top of each circle. This will be the back of your finished wall hanging. Wrap the yarn around the hanger a few times before you tie the knot to make sure it’s securely attached. Trim off the long ends.

Now tie the second row of poms to the section where row one and row two of the circles meet. Tie the third row of poms on to the circles below in the same way.

Keep the fourth row of pom poms aside for now.

Make the fringing

How to make a pom pom wall hanging - We Are Scout tutorial

Find a book or a piece of cardboard that is slightly longer than the length that you’d like your finished fringing to be. The book I used is 34cm (aprox 13.5 inches) long.

I used a whole ball of thick wool for the cream part of the fringe. Wrap the yarn around the book then cut it off along the top of the book. You’ll have lengths of yarn that are twice the height of the book. You’ll need about 150 lengths, depending on the thickness of the yarn. The thinner the yarn, the more you’ll need.

Divide the yarn into groups of eight to 10 pieces.

How to make a pom pom wall hanging - We Are Scout tutorial

Lay the wall hanging out with the right side facing up.

Take one group of yarn and fold it in half. Pass the folded edge under and through the first circle at the bottom of the hanger. Bring the folded edge back towards you and pull the tails of the yarn through the loop. Pull the tails to tighten the knot. Repeat, so you will have five knots on the first, third and fourth rings of the hanger.

How to make a pom pom wall hanging - We Are Scout tutorial

Cut 50 longer lengths of yarn in another colour and tie them onto the second circle.

Turn the wall hanging over so the back of it is facing up, and tie on the last row of pom-poms.

Now lay the wall hanging flat with the right side up, and comb the fringe with your fingers and trim it.

How to make a pom pom wall hanging - We Are Scout tutorial

Hang your textural pom pom wall hanging and you’re done! Beautiful.

Photography: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout


  • Mindi Dandi

    Love this! Beautiful colours and very clever! <3

    • wearescout

      Thanks Mindi! Are you going to make it? We’d love to see a pic! Tag us on instagram! X

      • Mindi Dandi

        I’m seriously considering it! Where do i buy a genius pom pom maker?

        • Mindi Dandi

          Never mind – I found one and ordered it!! Next stop ikea! :)

  • http://www.inspireetcree.fr Inspiré et Créé

    Very great this DIY, i love the result (and the colours of the pom-pom!)

    • Lisa (aka The Red Thread)

      Thanks! This is one of my favourite colour combinations – the colours of my bedroom, which is where the wall hanging has found its permanent home.

  • Atie Holmes

    Absolutely love this idea. Made a smaller version yesterday. Had to improvise a bit, used felt as a background and 9 pompoms. Looks great. Have started on a second one. Thank you so much.

    • Lisa (aka The Red Thread)

      I’m so happy to hear that you’ve made one already… improvisation in craft is always a good thing!

  • Kreetta

    So adorable. Fun and easy idea :)

    • Lisa (aka The Red Thread)

      Thanks Kreetta – do you think you’ll give it a try? It really is fun and easy!

  • http://www.gatheringbeauty.com/ Emma

    Ooh, I love, love, love this. Great idea!

    • Lisa (aka The Red Thread)

      Thanks so much Emma!

  • Jyoti

    I have been dying to make an easy hanging accent for my wall. This is perfect considering I’m obsessed with pom poms as well. I can’t wait to try it. It’s screaming “weekend project” to me!

  • http://www.unwrapcolour.co.uk Rose

    This looks fantastic! I love your geo plant pot cover thingy too. Gorgeous!

    • Lisa (aka The Red Thread)

      Thanks Rose… I may just have to do a tutorial on the pot plant cover!

  • Speak Glitter

    I am going to make this when I get home!

  • Katerina

    This is just perfect!! :)

  • http://www.whitehartdesign.co Lucie

    Very nice and definitely original!

  • www.woodnart.net

    This is a cute wall hanging that would be a great addition to my pastel -inspired rec room!