If you want to add a little bit of Valentine’s décor to your home, or make a cute backdrop to take some Valentines photos of your kids a DIY pom pom garland is a quick and easy craft to add a bit of festive fun to your home.
If you plan on making pom poms, I really encourage you to get one of these affordable pom pom maker tools (I picked mine up for about $12 at Michaels). It’s seriously a game-changer. However, if you don’t feel like buying one, there’s plenty of tutorials online for making pom poms using just your fingers, or a household item like a wooden salad fork. For the purpose of todays tutorial, I’ll be using my pom pom maker.
Here are the supplies you will need:
- 3 rolls of yarn in desired colors (I used white and two shades of pink)
- Sharp scissors
- Pom pom maker tool (I used the largest sized one)
- Plastic yarn needle (not necessary, but it makes it easier to string the poms together)
Alright, let’s get crafting.
Start by swinging open both sets of tool’s arms (this will look like the shape of the letter S) and wrap your yarn all the way across one of the arcs, until you can’t see any more blank space. Don’t worry about wrapping it perfect and even, as it won’t affect the finished product. I just quickly wound the yarn around, occasionally stopping to push the yarn closer together so there was no white space showing. The more yarn you wrap around, the fuller your pom pom will be, so you don’t want to skimp here. Then, close that side and do the same with the other arc.
Once both sides are covered in yarn you will close the arcs and start cutting around the perimeter of the circle. You’ll feel that there’s a little groove so you can easily cut in the right place.
Next, cut a length of yarn and slip it into the little groove I was just talking about. Pull it super tight and knot it twice as this is what keeps your pom pom together. Now, carefully unfold those arcs and pull apart the frame of the pom pom maker. Once you have your pom pom free, fluff it up and trim any uneven pieces of yarn.
Keep going until you have your desired number of pom poms. I used nine (three of each colour) for my six-foot garland.
Now that you have all your pom poms made, securing them is simple. Cut a length of your stringing yarn and tie one end of your yarn to your plastic yarn needle and gently thread the needle through the center of a pom pom, sliding it down until you’ve reached the end. Once you have all the pom poms on the string, you can slide them around until you find the right placement.
And there you have it, a cute, festive Valentine’s Day pom pom garland. I hope you love yours as much as I do. If you have any questions about the process, feel free to ask in the comments and if you do make one of your own remember to tag us in your picture (@nestinthecity).
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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