If, like me, you’re new to the crafting world then look no further for some super easy DIY Christmas crafts. Here are the instructions to make super easy bobble hat ornaments that may just help you get into the Christmas spirit. They make excellent gifts or decorations for your own home. If you’re creative you could even make them for nurseries and pop them on a garland.
First things first, what will you need?
- A good pair of Scissors
- A piece of card (or alternatively an empty toilet roll for a larger ornament)
- Wool (any colour)
- A dash of patience
Once you have all of these items it’s time to start crafting. I made the base for my little hats by cutting a piece of cardboard about 10cm long and taping it together as so.
If you’d like an easier way to do this you can just wait until you have an empty toilet roll and snip off a piece of it about 1 or 2 cm thick. The bigger/thicker you make this piece the bigger your ornament will be. So make it as diddly as you like or go big.
To start your hat we need to prepare some wool. Snip off strips of wool ‘hereby to be known as ‘tails’ until you have a nice big chunk as so. You can always cut more off so don’t panic if you run out later. As you make more of these you get a sense of how much you need but it will vary based on your card size. You can see a comparison of how long my wool strips are compared to my dinky ring above.
Now to tackle the tricky part- and honestly this is the hardest bit to grasp. Create a loop shape and thread it in the middle of the card ring. Then pull through the other end of your wool (it will have two ends so hold them together for ease) and pull tight. You’ll form a strong lasso which didn’t slip once whilst I made these and I can be very clumsy. You should have your first ‘tail’.
Repeat the process above until your card ring is completely covered. You can push and stretch the strips apart a bit if you’re wanting to make a little room whilst fitting more onto the ring. After all, wool has a little elasticity.
Now you have a complete ring you’re almost done! To make this super neat like a bobble hat simply grab the string ‘tails’ you’ve got to one side, twist and push them through the card hole. You want to get all of the tail ends through and neaten up your edges around the card ring.
Now you can create your loop for hanging off a tree. Cut off a piece of wool and tie around the hat as above. You can make this as long or as short as you’d like. I prefer long. Once you’ve tied this, keep it in your hand separate from the rest of your ‘tails’ whilst trimming to ensure you don’t cut it off.
Trim your tails to form your bobble/pom pom end. Again make as big or as little as you like- this is after all a homemade craft!
Finally enjoy your hard work (or was it easy?) You can make these in different colours and even do cute striped ones.