DIY Pom Pom Garland
I’ve seen SO many cute pom pom garlands on Pinterest lately! I knew I wanted to give it a shot because I just love the look of pom poms. They make me think of homey Christmas’ when I was growing up. And they’re so easy and inexpensive to make! And this is a project that kids can help with because it’s very easy to string pom poms on the twine.
I just picked up this awesome technique for bulk pom pom making from a friend. Instead of hand winding each one – you can do several at a whack (I was able to make five at a time in the size I was after.) It makes wanting to make more than a few pom poms a much quicker process. I also think it makes the pom poms fairly close in size which is a plus when making things like garlands with them.
Ready to get started? This project took me about 1 hour start to finish (most of which is winding the yarn onto the chair legs.)
- Yarn (acrylic is fine, in as many different colors as you want)
- Scissors (good sharp ones!)
- Twine or other sturdy cord
- Thicker twine (to string the poms and bells on)
- Jingle bells (whatever size suits you)
- A chair to use
- Yarn needle
Step 1 – Wrap Yarn Around Chair
Whoever originally came up with this idea is kind of a genius. Problem is – I don’t know who it was or I’d give them a shout out here. To start off – you simply grab a chair and place it on a table or other high surface. You want it to be high enough that you can comfortably wrap yarn around its legs. If you’re like me – that’s the kitchen table.
Grab one end of the yarn and tie it to one of the legs down low.
Now start wrapping! You simply wrap around the starter leg to the other side LOTS of times. The more times you wrap it – the fuller your pom pom will be. And I like cute little full poms so I wrapped it quite a bit.
When you’ve achieved the fullness you want – grab the end piece of yarn and cut it from the skein. Then take it and tie it around the opposite side of the tie you began with. So if you knotted the yarn around the left chair leg, end it by knotting it on the right chair leg.
Step 2 – Tie Off Your Sections
Next you’ll tie off equal sections using your sturdy twine. The sections closest to the chair legs will be the hardest to tie off so you’ll want to make them slightly larger than your middle sections. Don’t worry about the fact that two of your pom poms will be larger – we’ll clean all that up very soon.
You want to tie the sections off VERY TIGHTLY. If they’re not tight – your pom poms will fall apart. No bueno. Use those muscles and really wrench that twine down. I usually tie off the section closest to each chair leg first, then move to the middle sections.
Step 3 – Cut and Shape Pom Poms
Now you’ll cut your yarn away from the chair and shape them into great looking pom poms. Carefully cut the two ends on the outside of the chair leg. Make sure you’re aware that you could scratch your chair leg up if you get a little crazy with the scissors. Just go slow and try to cut the fibers right down the middle.
This is what the yarn will look like once it’s free of the chair leg. Once it’s cut off – you can take that chair off the table so you have a work surface to use to shape your pom poms.
Next, you’ll start cutting the sections apart. Try and cut them at about the half way point between the twine wrap. In the picture below you can see arrows that show you where to cut on two of the sections.
This is what you’ll end up with once you’re done cutting the sections apart.
Now just fluff and trim! Using your scissors you shape those pom poms. It’s really fun! Give those bad boys a big old haircut. Here’s a shot with my completed pom poms and the amount of yarn I trimmed from them. I also trim the twine ends down very close to the knot so they aren’t visible.
And the completed pom poms! Look how cute they are!
Step 4 – Repeat
Depending on how many pom poms you want – repeat steps 1-3 as many times as necessary. I wanted four different colors so I did it four times. Here’s the shot of my completed “pile of poms”.
Step 5 – String Poms and Bells
Lastly, you’ll string the pom poms and jingle bells onto your thicker twine. I used basic hemp twine cause I like how it looks. I wanted to lay my pom poms and bells out in advance to get an idea of how I wanted it to look. Here’s a shot of my final pattern.
Now it’s time to start stringing! Thread your yarn needle with the twine.
There is a simple trick to making sure the pom poms stay in place really well. Remember how we formed a loop with sturdy twine and then cut on either side of it to create our pom pom? Well that little circle is still there in the middle of the pom pom. If you push the needle through the center of that circle – your pom pom isn’t going anywhere.
Keep following your pattern that you laid out – alternating jingle bells and pom poms.
The pom poms and the bells are somewhat adjustable once they’re threaded on the twine. You can carefully move them around if you don’t like their placement. Once they’re all threaded, cut your twine to size and hang or place them somewhere festive!