Charming DIY Pom Pom Garland
Have you ever made a pom pom? It's really easy – I remember learning how to make them as a kid – and they come in handy for all kinds of projects, like this DIY pom pom garland.
They look adorable as the tails for paper bunnies for Easter, or as the top of a ring or necklace similar to this one. But here is my favorite idea I wanted to share with you: a whole garland of pom poms.
This garland would be perfect for a little girl's birthday party, don't you think? You could make them in many different colors, or make the whole theme of the party pom poms, and decorate the goodie bags with them as well. And what about adding a few pom poms to a T-shirt for the little birthday girl? A pom pom garland would would also be a nice permanent decoration in any kids playroom or bedroom.
The fantastic part about this project is that it's easy enough to involve your older kids. Having a sleepover party? Allow the girls to create their own pom-pom scarf or necklace. The options are endless and the steps are easy.
You will need these supplies:
- yarn (leftover yarn would be great for these, and in many different colors)
- thin cardboard
- sharp scissors or X-Acto knife
Pom Pom Garland Tutorial:
- Find a round shape about 3 inches in diameter, (a glass or a Mason jar lid are of comparable size), and trace around it on the cardboard with a pencil. You want the cardboard to be sturdy but thin enough to repeat that one more time to make a second circle. Then make a smaller circle in the middle of the bigger one with a juice carton top or something similar.
- Cut out the two circles. I used my scissors to cut around the large circles, and my X-Acto knife for the small circles.
- Put both circles together and start winding the yarn around both of them. You will need quite a bit of yarn to make one full pom pom, (about 6 feet). If you end up not having enough, you can always add more with a second piece of yarn.
- Wind the yarn tightly around the two circles, going around several times. The hole in the middle of the circle is going to get smaller, and when it's getting harder to put the yarn through it, you're ready for the next step.
- Push the yarn aside on one spot on the outside of the circle, and insert your scissors in between the two circle pieces that were originally put together. Then start cutting the yarn all around the outer edge of the circles.
- When you've cut all the way around, take another piece of yarn to use as the hanging string, about a foot long, and put it between the two circles, (be careful not to have the yarn move), and make a knot in the string. Tighten this knot a lot before you add another knot.
- Cut off one of the ends, and then careful remove the two cardboard circles. You can either cut them off and then tape them back together to make the next pom pom, or you can try to remove them very carefully without cutting them. Then fluff the pom pom a bit, trim the yarn pieces that are a little longer, and voila – you made your first pom pom!
- Repeat these steps to make as many pom poms as you like for your garland. I made one large and four smaller ones with a smaller template.
- After you've made all the pom poms you'd like, attach them to a long yarn string or ribbon or a lace trim with a knot. I liked the look of the loops showing, but you can also just make a knot.
I hope you'll have fun making your pom pom garland! Your kids could make their own pom poms as well; it's easy enough to do. Just help them with cutting the yarn off of the cardboard circles because the scissors you'll use for that have to be really sharp.
Two more ideas for pom poms:
- Go around the circles with several colors of yarn to make pom poms with layers of colors.
- Take ribbon and make a bow around the string so that it sits on top of the pom pom as another cute embellishment for the pom pom garland.
What would you make with a pom pom? If you have some other fun ideas for using pom poms, let us know in a comment.