I’ve been having so much fun decorating with my DIY pom pom garland that I have to share the how-to so you can enjoy it, too!
I’ve used it in our window decorations:
On our Christmas tree:
And even on my colorful Christmas tablescape:
Making this super fun DIY pom pom garland is time-consuming, I’ll admit, but very easy to do. All you need is yarn, a fork, scissors and a large needle.
1. Start by cutting a 6 inch piece of yarn and sliding it through the middle prongs of the fork.
2. Pull it straight down toward the fork handle and hold it between your fingertips to keep it secure and prevent it from getting tangled with the yarn you’ll be wrapping above it.
3. With your other hand, grab an end of yarn from the skein and begin wrapping it around the fork, perpendicular to the first strand your other hand is holding.
4. Wrap the yarn around the fork 35-45 times. The number of times you wrap the yarn around the fork determines how thick and full your pom pom will be. I found that 35 times works great for standard yarn like the red yarn in the pictures below, however for some of the softer, speciality yarn I used (like the pink yarn pictured above) I needed to wrap it about 45 times to get the fullness I wanted because that yarn strand was thinner. Start with one pom with each color of your yarn to determine how many times you’ll need to wrap it for that color/yarn to get the fullness you’d like before you continue to make more pom poms out of that color.
5. Once you’re done wrapping, bring that first 6″ strand of yarn up, center it around the middle of the bundle of yarn on your fork in both the front and the back.
6. Tie once to secure it in place.
7. With the first tie in place, slide all of your yarn off the fork entirely, and tighten your first tie as tightly as you can.
8. Tie a second tie to knot it and secure your bundle of yarn together through the middle.
9. Take a sharp pair of scissors with a pointy tip and cut the loops around the sides of your bundle of yarn.
10. Continue cutting all the way around until all of the loops are snipped, and then roll the yarn ball between your palms to get it to splay out and give it the shape of a ball.
11. You’ll have some ends of yarn that stick out more than others, likely giving your pom pom more of an oval shape than a circle shape, so once you’ve roughed it up between your hands give it a haircut, trimming ends as needed, to give your pom pom the shape of a circle.
12. Last, thread a strand of yarn through a large needle and poke it through the center of your pom pom, and continue threading pom pons onto your yarn until your pom pom garland is its desired length. There is no need to knot your yarn in between the pom poms; the pom poms will stay put and you can slide them around on your yarn as needed for proper placement.
And that’s all there is to it! I used this DIY pom pom garland for our holiday decorations but they also make great decorations for a birthday party or baby shower, so be sure to pin this project to Pinterest and come back to it when you need it!
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