DIY Yarn Ornament

White pom pom made out of yarn and with a sheep head crocheted glued on - this DIY yarn ornament is hanging from a Christmas tree

DIY Yarn Ornament

I love that our family has a tradition to be extra crafty at Christmastime! With this DIY Yarn Ornament we can use all of that craftiness! πŸ˜‰

We love to create with our hands and always enjoy making a variety of Christmas-themed projects. Ornaments are my favorite projects to create this time of year.

So, I came up with this very simple Pom-pom Sheep Ornament – in the photo above you see my crochet version but I’ve also included a template for you that uses felt (instead of crochet) so no matter your skill level, you can make one of these cute sheep!

**Now there is a video tutorial to go with this project – I demonstrate how to use the Pom-pom maker, how to crochet the sheep head and put it all together – Check it out below***

Skill Level: Easy

A bunch of white sheep with black faces and one black sheep with a white face on a brown wooden background - all have googly eyes

Measurements for the Pom-Pom Sheep Ornament:

2 1/2″ (65mm) and 3 3/8″ (85mm) approximate diameter of pom-poms

Supplies used for the PomPom Sheep Ornament project - white and black yarn, crochet hooks, scissors and pom-pom maker

Supplies for this DIY Yarn Ornament:

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Medium Weight acrylic yarn in white (1 skein will make several sheep) and black (small amount)

(I used Red Heart Super Saver in White (Click here to purchase) and then used some thinner acrylic black yarn from my stash for the head)

F/3.75 mm hook (Click here to purchase)

Clover’s Pom-pom Maker (Click here to purchase)

Sharp scissors

Yarn needle

Googly eyes (6 mm) (Click here to purchase)

Hot glue gun and glue sticks (Click here to purchase)

Optional: Black felt

Pom Pom makers by clover with crochet hook and scissors and yarn needle

Here are the 2 pom-pom makers that come in the “Large” Pom-pom maker kit

These make pom-poms that are 2 1/2″ (65mm) and 3 3/8″ (85mm) in diameter


First a pom-pom is made and then the sheep head is crocheted (or cut out of felt)

Eyes are glued on and then the head is glued to the pom-pom

Special Stitches for the DIY Yarn Ornament:

Sc2tog (single crochet 2 together) = Insert hk into next st, YO, draw up a lp; insert hk into next st, YO, draw up a lp; YO, pull through all 3 lps on hk

Back bar of the Chain = When looking at the right side of a chain, you see many β€œV’s” and the chain looks like a braid. Turn the chain over and you see a series of bumps – it is in these bumps that you will work across the chain to produce a cord with even edges along both sides

Click here to watch a short video tutorial on this technique

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The Pom-Pom Sheep Ornament Has a Video Tutorial!

If you’ve never used a pom-pom maker before, then I highly recommend watching this video. I show you how to make the pom-poms along with how to crochet the sheep head shape. It’s fun and fast!

Here’s a video tutorial on how to make the pom-pom and crochet the sheep head – Thanks for watching!

Instructions for the DIY Yarn Ornament:

**Special Stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

Pom-Pom – Photo Tutorial!

Make a pom-pom using Clover’s Pom-Pom Maker (see photo tutorial below) – It’s easy and fast!

Step 1 of using pom pom maker

Open pom-pom maker so arches look like the above image

STep 2 of using pom pom maker

Wrap one set of arches about 80 times with yarn making sure coverage is even and that you wrapped around both arches

End wrapping on right side as shown and fold arch into to center circle (in direction of arrow)

Step 3 of using the pom pom maker

Here you can see the right arches folded in to the center circle

Step 4 of using the pom pom maker

Wrap the left arches about 80 times making sure coverage is even

Fold these arches into to the center circle (following direction of arrow)

View of what the pom pom maker looks like with all yarn wound on its arches

This is a view of the underside of both arches – Make sure the yarn is not covering the arch “feet” (as indicated by the arrows)

Step 5 of pom pom maker

With scissors and making sure arches stay put in center circle, cut wrapped yarn – Scissors will be in the channel created by each arch

Step 6 of pom pom maker

This is what the maker looks like once the yarn has been cut

STep 7 of pom pom maker

Cut a long length of white yarn (Here it is shown with black yarn so easier to see) – about 12″ (30 mm)

Wrap length around the maker pulling inside the channels

STep 8 of pom pom maker

Tie a very tight knot twice to secure the yarn

STep 9 of pom pom maker

Open the arches on both sides

Step 10 of pom pom maker

Pull apart both sides of the maker and remove pom-pom

Fluff yarn and trim any lengths that aren’t even with the rest of pom-pom

White yarn tails from pom pom work as a good hanger for finished DIY yarn ornament

Tie long lengths in an overhand double-knot for the hanger

Tada! Your pom-pom is complete – I told you it was easy πŸ™‚

Sheep Head

**I’ve included 2 options for this part! Read on below to crochet the face or click on the image below to download a pdf template of the sheep head – Just cut out and trace onto black felt – tada! That easy! **

DIY Yarn Ornament sheep shown on a brown wooden background

Here are both versions of the sheep – The ornament on the left has a crocheted face and the one on the right has a felt face

Felt Version – PDF Template- Click on image below to download:

Felt sheep head templates that you can print out and trace

Crocheted Version:

With black yarn and hook, ch 4

Row 1:

Sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each ch across. (3 sc) Turn.

Row 2:

Ch 1, 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next st; 2 sc in next st. (5 sc) Turn.

Row 3:

Ch 1, sc2tog in 1st 2 sts; sc in next st; sc2tog in last 2 sts. (3 sc) Turn.

Row 4:

Ch 1, sc2tog in 1st 2 sts; sc2tog in prev. st and last st. (2 sc)

Now working up side of rows, ch 1;

Sl st in end of each of the next 3 rows; Do not fasten off.


Ch 4

Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each of the next 2 chs;

Sl st across Row 1 (which is the top of the head);

Ch 4

Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next ch; Sk next ch

Sl st to side of Row 1 (on head);

Sl st down side of rows and across Row 4 (bottom of head). Fasten off.

Black sheep face crocheted on a white blanket background

Finishing of the Pom-Pom Sheep Ornament:

Using yarn needle and yarn tails sew left ear down so not sticking up

Weave in ends

Hot glue gun gluing on google eyes

With hot glue attach googly eyes to head and attach head to pom-pom making sure it is in line with the hanger loop

*Important Safety Note: This ornament is intended to be used as a decoration and NOT a toy – if you are going to gift this ornament to a child under 3 years old, please use safety eyes or embroider eyes with yarn; Remember googly eyes are NOT safe for a child under 3**

3 DIY Yarn ornament sheep hanging on a christmas tree with lights on

Your DIY Yarn Ornament is Complete!

Now your Pom-pom Sheep Ornament is complete! Didn’t it turn out so cute? I hope you enjoyed making this project. You could glue your Pom-Pom Sheep to the top of a pen or pencil and give as a fun and practical gift! I think the “googly eyes” are a great addition to this project. If you make one, please send along a photo – I love to see what you make from my patterns!

You can see all of my FREE crochet patterns here and more Christmas projects here.

Thank you for stopping by and happy crocheting!

(And don’t forget to pin the image below to your Pinterest board so you don’t forget where you found this pattern!)


Long image for Pinterest showing pom pom sheet on a tree with lights and on a wooden background

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