anthropologie inspired pom pom wreath

I need help.   You see, I can’t seem to find my Christmas spirit this year.  I’m struggling to embrace the season.  And now a panic attack is setting in … I mean, there are only 15 days left.


A mere 15 days to decorate and shop and bake and wrap and sing Christmas carols and spread holiday cheer …




When I think about how quickly time is flying by – wasn’t it just the first day of school? – fifteen days will come and go in the blink of an eye.


Oh, how I wish Santa was real!


I worry my lack of Christmas cheer is rubbing off on the kids.  Neither one has created a holiday wish list for me yet.


I tried really hard to get into the swing of things this past weekend.  The television was tuned to ABC Family’s marathon of Christmas specials:  Fred Claus. The Santa Claus parts one and three.  12 Dates of Christmas. Santa Baby. Santa Baby 2 …


Mike and the kids shopped for a tree.  A real one.  Boxes of decorations were hauled up from the basement.  I even created something new over the weekend in an attempt to boost my holiday spirit …



An Anthropologie tufted wool wreath knock-off.


I started by wrapping a dollar store wreath with wool.


Anthropologie Tufted Wool Wreath How To 2

The pom poms were made following this tutorial.



The drop cloth bow was made following this tutorial.



Winter Wreath Ideas

And while I love how it turned out, I’m still not fa la la’ing all over the house …


I fear my heart may be two sizes too small.  :(


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  1. says

    i love love love that wreath! it’s awesome!
    and i have enough spirit for both of us and frankly i say don’t be like all the other bloggers and don’t feel pressure from all the other bloggers- decorate if you want, but don’t if you dont feel it. there is nothing wrong with a nice simple christmas!

  2. says

    Sorry I had to laugh because I am working on the same wreath… but no I can’t make things simple. My pompoms are being cut, trimmed, and fluffed to look like balls of wool. ugh what was I thinking…. 10 assorted sized balls, 30 more to go… and there is “fluff” all over the carpet plus the dog was caught eating some of it. and christmas spirit? I’ll be honest i decorated for the family this year…. but its coming slowly. The more I let go of my self imposed expectations, the more it comes. But yeah the whole 15 days thing is freaking me out too… especially since the company i ordered my hubbies gift from informed me it could another 3 to 4 weeks before his present is even shipped as their shipment was delayed. sigh. so sit back, enjoy the day, and enjoy your family! From what i’ve seen your house already looks lovely!!!

    Have a wonderful day! I’m off to make more pompoms…. wish me luck! :)

  3. says

    Your wreath and photos are gorgeous. Even makes a Scrooge like me want to make one. :-)

    I have decided that Christmas mostly annoys me (for all kinds of reasons) and that’s OK. What is helping me is not focusing on Christmas or needing to feel a certain way about it. I do much better when I focus on the whole season of winter, and what I love about it. Because I do love things about winter. Throw up a few decorations, buy gifts you feel good about, make a few treats to eat, and let the rest go. You can make magic any time. It’s OK if you can’t make it on Dec. 25 (or any of the 15 days leading up to it).

  4. says

    I am totally and completely in love with this. You should sell these in your Etsy! The best thing is that you can leave it up until spring too…I’m struggling with finding my Christmas spirit myself just a bit. I haven’t done our tree yet and I’m not sure I’m going to. We’ll see if I get to it. You know, some years are better than others. We all just do the best we can. I’m certain The Grinch will not win out over The Jolly Old Elf.

  5. says

    That pompom wreath is one of the best i’ve seen this season! I love it – and I hope you find your Christmas spirit soon! I had mine on earlier but after going through my Grandmas funeral this past weekend mine has been waning. Must get back in gear soon!

  6. says

    Your pom-pom wreath turned out just beautiful!
    It is hard to believe that Christmas is a mere 15 days away, I’m not ready at all. Here’s hoping that you find your Christmas spirit soon.
    May you have a joyful day!

  7. says

    It’s the shows. They would kill my spirit too. Bust out the Grinch, the real one. Not that lame Jim Cary attempt. And The Christmas Story… with the lamp and the tongue stuck to the pole. And then watch “When Harry Met Sally”. Then go shopping. I always have to go “find” Christmas somewhere. You’ll find it.

    And the wreath is awesome. Love it.

  8. says

    HI Linda, I love your wreath and like it so much more than the Anthropologie original. I definitely want to give this a try. So sorry to hear you’re not feeling the spirit of the holidays. i can relate and understand because all the prep and work to make everything just right can be overwhelming. You should do what you feel and nothing more. When you fake it, it just defeats the purpose, don’t you think?

  9. says

    Aw, you need a Christmas hug, Linda! I wrote a post on last week about the spirit of season…it can be elusive this time of year!
    The wreath is fabulous… hoping you find your cheer soon!
    xo Heidi

  10. says

    Well you’re not alone in your ‘lack of spirit’ I’m sure! The time really just fly by — seems like just yesterday I was wearing flip flops . . . sure wish I STILL was! I love your wreath — you did a great job on it — the yarn is perfect! I am not one to get all ‘gaga’ over Christmas but I try to enjoy the simple things of the season and not get overwhelmed with all of the “shoulds”, “must haves”, “must do’s”, etc.

  11. says

    Right there with you….happens routinely to me so I don’t feel badly anymore! LOL my Grinchyness usually is the result of people here “LOVING” Christmas but not willing to do anything to make it happen…..that’s when this little Elf decides to watch Christmas movies and drink a glass of wine and enjoy herself a bit. Right now there is no mantel decor and only lights on the tree…but the mantel is not in my sight line when I’m watching movies and the tree looks really pretty in the dark with just the lights……Christmas in Connecticut is on……everything is just fine……you’ll get there…sounds like you have some willing helpers floating about! Merry Christmas!

  12. says

    LOVE THE WREATH,very rtexture rich
    I am with you, not finding the spirit this year, tree I just don’t have the want too, I have so many vintage beauties…but I just can’t find the I Care to get it done…so I will work on the other stuff….and kick myself a little and move on

  13. Taylor says

    This is beautiful!! How large was the cardboard you used to make the pom poms? They seem larger than the ones for the pillow. I’ve got to try this!

  14. Megan Ruller says

    I am going to attemt to make one of these beautiful wreaths. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Just wondering how you attached the pop poms to the wreath? How much yarn did you go though? Thanks!

  15. says

    Linda, I totally hear you – my Christmas spirit has gone AWOL this year too. I don’t know why – might be because the only family I have to celebrate with now is my dad (well, and hubby too!), and as much as I love my dad, it’s not the same as having Christmas dinner with my whole family.

    Your wreath looks great :-) Try making some more for friends & family, and maybe that’ll help boost your Christmas spirit. Or even better, why not donate some to local shelters or people in need? I’m sure that would make their Christmases and yours merrier :-)

  16. says

    Hi Linda, I absolutely love this. I would say you have certainly got your Christmas mojo on this one. I am pinning this for my daughter. Headed over to the tutorial for the pompoms.
    Thanks for sharing, Ginger

  17. says

    I love this wreath! You did a beautiful job and I must try one soon. As far as the Christmas spirit goes as someone said earlier just take it a day at a time and focus on the Reason for the Season not the commercial part. I would love for you to share this at Transformed Tuesday! The party is in full swing and you can link up until Saturday! My readers would love to see. Hope you have wonderful Holidays. Hugs Peggy

  18. says

    What is with this Christmas season…so many of those who I see and talk to are either so far behind in the Christmas tasks or just scaling down….for me…I am behind…waaay behind….but your pom pom wreath just made me smile and the encouragement to carry on….love, love the wreath…it is so “happy”….

  19. says

    Man I like that wreath. And MAN I know exactly what you mean. There are so many reasons that I have apprehensions about the holidays. One of them is 2200 miles of driving. The other is how conflicted I feel about all the focus on THINGS. And getting things. And shopping, which I hate. But shopping would be fun if I just wasn’t so dang conflicted…And worst of all I was supposed to be in Chicago this week having coffee with you, but I didn’t get to go, and I’m bummed about that. And what on earth do I give my 26 year old son for Christmas?????

  20. says

    Hi Linda! I have been meaning to get over here since you posted this to tell you how much I LOVE this project. To tell you the truth, I can SO relate to how you feel, and my husband and I have to go out of town tomorrow for three days for a wedding. Yep, a wedding. 5 days before Christmas. Oh yes, during the last week of school, and finals. Anywho……I am so thrilled you shared this at my party. I am featuring it Thursday. Have a wonderful Christmas friend, and I hope I can be a much better reader and commenter in 2013! -K

  21. says

    I totally get what you’re saying. Some years are just like that. This year is one of those years for me, too.
    On the other hand, that wreath is something to smile about : )

    (If I have duplicate comments just delete one for me! Sorry, my iPad went wonky.)

  22. says

    I’m loving this pom pom wreath!!! I made my first pom poms last weekend and am super digging them. They are so fun and cheerful looking. I’m thinking of making a whole bunch for the Christmas tree next year. I’ll have to keep this one in mind for next year. :)

  23. says

    Linda, it’s beautiful! I think 2013 is going to be the “Year of the Pom Pom” as I have been seeing them around. I definitely have to try this. We had my 15 year old son helping to make pom poms with us to add to chocheted hats I made for my neices American Girls. It was a blast, but his condition was that he couldn’t be in any pictures in my post (I’m sure you can relate with your son?)

    Happy New Year,

  24. says

    Featuring YOU today! Thanks for linking up to {wow me} wednesday! Happy New Year. :)

    Ginger @

  25. Brooke says

    I’m really into pom poms lately (I guess everyone is). I can’t wait to try out a wreath with them. Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

  26. Marissa says

    I don’t comment much but kudos to you! Hands down, your wreath is leaps and bounds better than the original. They should hack yours! Seriously, yours looks more lush, more fun and more realistic.

  27. Angie Rice says

    Hi! Love this wreath! Can you tell me how you attached the poms poms to the wreath? Are they tied on or glued on….? Thanks so much!

  28. mama spins says

    Hey Linda no worries! After more than forty yes forty holidays it’s normal to lose that holiday spirit and excitement! There may be a dry period and then you will have grandchildren and the excitement and spirit returns magically! Thanks for this pom pom tutorial! I think I’ll make one for spring and another one for next December:)


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