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.
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!
I posted the picture above of my mantel on my Instagram feed recently and a friend of mine requested a tutorial for the pom pom garland! These 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. 🙂
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POM POM GARLAND
- 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 should also have all the necessary materials on hand – which makes it free! Can’t beat that! 😉
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How to Make a Pom Pom Garland:
STEP 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:
STEP 2: Make your pom poms
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. 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.
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… 😉
STEP 3: Assemble the pom pom 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.
Here are a few shots of mine around our house. 🙂
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