This simple and easy tutorial will show you how to make a yarn DIY pom pom garland in just 10 minutes! Use a pom pom garland to add a bit of festive flair to your decor or party.
This post was originally published on February 22, 2017 and has since been updated.
A DIY pom pom garland is a quick and easy craft and a fun way to add a whimsical element to your home.
Use neutral yarn to create a classical look or bright colors for an eccentric touch.
It doesn’t take much “crafty” skills to do this DIY project, so I’d encourage you to give it a try – even my young kids love making them!
DIY pom pom garlands are REALLY simple and easily customizable.
You get to choose the color, size and density of your pom-poms, as well as the length of garland and pom-pom spacing, so you should be able to match your style perfectly.
These are a great way to add a playful touch to your home decor and are also a fun element for party decorations, like bridal or baby showers.
Even my two-year old son loves the one we made together and ended up hanging on his bed.
Be creative and have fun with this one!
And please share your finished garlands with me – I’d love to see how yours turn out. 🙂
Materials & Tools Needed for a DIY Pom Pom Garland
For a printable copy of the materials and instructions, scroll down.
- A Piece of Cardboard (Grab a big piece so you can cut it down to size.)
- Yarn Needle (This is essential! Trust me, I’ve tried without and it’s a nightmare…)
If you’re at all like me and dabble in the yarn crafts you may also have all the necessary materials on hand – which makes it free! Can’t beat that! 😉
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How to Make Yarn Pom Poms
1. Make the cardboard tool
You’ll want to decide what size of pom-poms you want before cutting and making your cardboard tool.
The “height” of your cardboard tool will determine the diameter of your pom-pom.
I used a 3″ diameter for the one on my mantle.
Cut your cardboard at the diameter you want high and twice that wide.
Then cut a line out of the center about half-way.
Should look like this:
2. Wrap the Yarn Around the Tool
You’ll want to repeat this step for each pom-pom on your garland.
Just to give you an idea of how many to make, my mantle used sixteen pom-poms and is about 6 feet long.
First, pinch the end of your yarn at the center of the cardboard and then repeatedly wrap the yarn around the short length of your cardboard tool.
The more you wrap around it, the denser your pom-pom will end up.
I did about 100 wraps for mine, but I tend to like the “loose” (or not-so-dense) look.
If you want yours really dense I would double that.
When you’re happy with how many wraps you have, cut the yarn.
3. Tie off the Yarn Ball Using the Yarn Needle
Using another short piece of yarn (about 12 inches long) and your yarn needle, thread the short piece of yarn through the center of your cardboard on the far side of your yarn wraps.
To do this, I usually shimmy my wraps of yarn all the way to the cut edge of my cardboard tool.
Then, remove your yarn needle and pull the short piece of yarn tight around the wraps inside the cut of the cardboard and tie all the wraps together.
You want to get this tied as tight as possible because this is what holds your pom pom together.
5. Cut and Trim
Lastly, pull your pom-pom off the cardboard tool and use scissors to cut all the loops you just created by tying around it.
Once the loops are all cut you can fluff out the pom-pom and do some shape trimming to get it looking nice and round.
You did it! You made an easy (and basically free) pom pom.
Now, go make a few – or fifteen – more… 😉
How to Assemble & Style a Yarn Pom Pom Garland
Assembling the Garland
When you’re ready to assemble the garland, use your yarn needle to thread a long string of yarn through the center of all the pom poms and space them out to your liking.
And there you have it! Your garland is ready to hang and enjoy.
Styling a DIY Pom Pom Garland
What Color of Yarn to Use
When styling your garland, think about what color is going to be best with the feel you’re going for.
Throwing a party and want it to be a fun decoration? Use a bright color like blue or pink!
Decorating for fall? Try orange or cream.
Want one that can be used anytime? Use a neutral like white, grey or black.
Where to Hang the Garland
There are also many different place to hang and enjoy a yarn pom pom garland in your home – here are a few of my favorites!
- On the Mantel
- On Open Shelves
- Along a Console Table
- Along the Wall
- From the Ceiling
Here is ours hung on the mantel during the winter season:
I love how it looks paired with the white fur trees!
And here during the fall season:
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Don’t be afraid to make a few and keep them on hand for decorating!
Not only are the cheap, but they’re super easy to store. 🙂
As promised, here are the printable instructions:
- Make a cardboard tool out of 3"x6" piece of cardboard by cutting a line out of the center half-way down the middle of the long-side.
- Wrap your yarn around the cardboard tool (the short way) 100-200 times then cut it off.
- Use your yarn needle to thread a 12" piece of yarn around the the wraps of yarn and tie them all together in the middle.
- Pull off the tool and use scissors to cut all of the loops created from wrapping.
- Fan out the pom pom and trim it to round.
- Repeat this process to make 15 more pom poms and then use the yarn needle to thread a long piece of yarn through each one creating the garland.
To make your yarn pom poms larger, make your cardboard tool wider than 3".
To make your pom poms fuller or denser, wrap around the tool more times.
Be sure to let me know if you have any questions about this DIY pom pom garland project!