As soon as I put this DIY Pom Pom Garland on our tree, Joel said it gave our tree something it was missing. It made the tree look full and complimented our other ornaments hung around the tree. I am not one for DIY projects, but this blog has inspired me to practice and get better. When I do the occasional DIY project, I am all about selecting projects that I think I have a chance at making the way the picture displays. If I share an idea with you, it means that I have catered the idea to make it as simple and as foolproof as possible. I AM creative, but I do like projects that are somewhat easy to follow through. This Pom Pom garland can be made in colors that complement your holiday decor. It's colorful and festive making it the perfect addition to your mantel or tree.
DIY Pom Pom Garland
Materials You Need to Make this DIY Pom Pom Garland:
- Yarn needle
- SHARP scissors
- Measuring tape
- Pom Pom Maker OR kraft paper towel roll cut in two
YARN COLORS - When selecting colors for your pom pom garland, look at the color palette in the holiday decor that you have. Our dining room Christmas tree is filled with neutral colors in beige, white, and mauvy-rose colors. I selected a deep orange to accent and bring some color into the overall look of our tree. It adds a pop of color!
YARN NEEDLE - This is larger than your average sewing needle. It has a larger opening that easily fits a string of yarn to weave it through the poms.
SHARP SCISSORS - When I say sharp, I mean sharp. You do not want to use regular scissors for this project. You will spend hours exhausting yourself trying to cut through the thick layers of yarn. Trust me, I tried that method not wanting to invest in quality sharp sewing scissors. I did it and use them for A LOT of projects. They are worth the investment. Find the exact scissors that I use linked in this post at the top!
MEASURING TAPE - Any measuring tape will do. You will need this to measure the length of your garland for your tree or mantel.
POM MAKER KIT or KRAFT PAPER TOWEL ROLL - I have done a tutorial using both. In this blog post, I focused the tutorial on working with a pom pom maker. I made a Reel on Instagram here that shows how to use a paper towel roll cut into two pieces. Either method takes the same amount of work. The method that you choose comes down to the look you are going for. The pom makers created a more trimmed, polished pom. Whereas the kraft roll creates a fluffier (wilder) pom look. I did a mix of both on my garland.
HOW TO MAKE A DIY POM POM GARLAND USING POM MAKERS
- Open your pom maker, grab one of your colors of yarn working with the loose piece of yarn on the roll, and begin wrapping it around one side of the pom maker.
- Continue wrapping until you have a thick layer of yarn as seen in the photos below.
- Once you have wrapped to the desired amount - there is no wrong amount here - close the pom maker on the side that you are working on and weave the loose end of the yarn through the side of the maker and cut the end leaving a tail.
- Repeat the same process on the opposite side of your yarn maker.
- Once you have wrapped both sides of the pom maker and closed both sides, begin cutting down the middle with your scissors. Be sure to cut through all of the layers.
- Repeat on both sides.
- Cut a 6-inch piece of yarn from your yarn roll.
8. Wrap your 6-inch piece of warn through the middle of your pom maker and tie it twice, pulling it tightly around the pom maker each time.
9. Pull up each of the levers on the pom maker to begin removing them from your pom.
10. Pull the two sides of the pom maker away from your pom and set the pom maker aside.
11. Trim your pom to the desired amount. I like to trim mine where it's even, but I don't spend a lot of time making it perfect. It's meant to be fluffy!
12. Repeat the steps to make about 25-35 poms, depending on the desired length of your garland.
Lastly, take your desired color of yarn and circle it around your tree to measure the length of garland that you will need. If you would like to use your DIY Pom Pom Garland on your mantel, you can simply measure the width, adding a bit of length to allow the garland to hang. Once you have your desired length, cut your yarn and begin weaving it through your pom poms using your yarn needle. I left a bit of room in between my poms, but you can arrange them close together for a unique look as well.