I really like projects that involve pom poms – those little cuties just make everything more adorable! They are like big 3D polka dots! So of course this DIY pom pom garland was a great addition to decorating our home. I chose colors that would fit well in our living room and got to work. This is also a great project for using yarn you already have at home. I’ll show you how to make a pom pom garland, so you can make this fun decoration, too.
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How to Make a Pom Pom Garland
- Clover Large Pom Pom Maker – it comes in a 2-pack and I used the smaller green one. This one makes pompoms that are about 2.5 inches.
- Yarn in desired colors for pom poms (I used worsted weight)
- Twine or sturdy yarn for garland string
1. Make the Pompoms
I have tried other methods, but I love making pom poms using the clover pom pom maker – it’s so easy to use and makes the pom poms so nice and round. Very little trimming is needed. So the first step in making a diy pom pom garland is to show you how to make pom poms with a pom pom maker.
The pom pom maker has two sides, with two arches on each side. Start by opening the arches on one side, hold the end of the yarn, and begin wrapping the yarn around the arches. As you move from one end to the other, try not to leave any green space showing through between the strands of yarn.
Once I reached the end of the arches, I continued wrapping the yarn, this time moving back the way I came. You can wrap the yarn around as much as you like. The more you wrap it the fuller your pom pom will be (but you don’t want to wrap it so much that you can’t close the arches when you move to the other side, and you want to make sure it’s not so thick you won’t be able to safely cut the yarn later).
I ended up wrapping the yarn around the arches three times before switching to the other side. First I moved to the right as I wrapped the yarn around the arches, then I wrapped it again as I went back to the left, then I continued to wrap as I moved to the right again. Just wrapping 2 times would probably be fine too (and a little easier!). Also, if I had used thicker yarn I would have wrapped it around fewer times for sure.
In the picture on the left above, you can see how the arches looked once I was finished wrapping them with yarn. Next, I closed the arches on that side and fed the yarn between the small gap on the end of the pom pom maker.
Then I opened the arches on the other side of the pom pom maker and started wrapping the yarn on this side. When I was done, I closed my pom pom maker and cut the end of the yarn.
In the pictures below, you can see the space between the two arches. This space will help guide your scissors as you very carefully cut the yarn.
When you are done cutting, it will look like the picture on the below left. Then use some yarn to tie a double knot around the center (make sure it slides between the arches as you tie it). I like to pull the yarn around the back and tie another double knot on the other side, too.
Then you can pull open the arches and take off the sides of the pom pom maker to reveal your pom pom. Fluff it a little and trim any stray ends that are sticking out. But DO NOT trim the ends of the string you used to tie the pom pom together – leave these on as two little “tails” for the next step.
You can see the “tails” of yarn I left on each pom pom in the picture below. Make as many pompoms as you want for your garland, depending on the spacing and the desired length of the garland. I used 13 pompoms on mine.
2. Assemble the Garland
After I finished making the pompoms, I cut a long piece of cream colored yarn the length I wanted my garland to be (twine would work well, too). Then I set the long piece on the floor and placed each pompom along it to figure out how I wanted to space them.
When I knew where I wanted to place each pompom, I tied each one to the garland using the yarn I left a little longer as “tails” on each pompom. The knot is hidden pretty well in the pom pom, as you can see in the picture below on the left. Then to make sure the pom poms wouldn’t slide around along the string, I tied a knot in the cream colored yarn, too.
When I finished tying them on, I trimmed the “tails” on each pompom so they blended in.
I love this pretty diy pom pom garland. It’s fairly simple to make this lovely decoration and it looks really nice. The best part is that you can customize the colors for any season or holiday you want to celebrate. I’m thinking orange and black for Halloween, shades of red and green for Christmas. You could even make a pom pom garland party decoration!
If you liked this post about how to make a pom pom garland, make sure to check out how to make snowball pom poms, which I used to make an indoor snowball fight kit. And don’t miss how to make a fabric garland.
Now that you know how to make a pom pom garland, what colors will you use?