I decided to try making my first pom-pom garland for my Valentine's decor. I always see them on my favourite Pinterest and Instagram accounts, so I decided it was time for some crafting. I headed to Michael's for yarn and spent about an hour looking at all the beautiful décor for Valentine's, Easter and spring. I managed to resist temptation and only bought one item I wasn't planning on. Woo, go me! I bought three skeins of yarn as they had a buy 2, get 1 FREE deal. In total, I spent about $12 on yarn and have PLENTY left over after.
- Yarn- I used red, white and pink for V-DAY, you can use any colour or combination
- cardboard cut 2-3" wide:
Start with one colour of yarn and wrap it around the cardboard approximately 100 times. Depending on the size of pompom you are going for, it will determine how many times you wrap it. I wanted mine thick and fluffy and originally started with a 5" piece of cardboard but found it resulted in a loose and floppy pom. (I simply did some trimming at the end to make it the size I wanted)
Once you have wrapped it around 100 or so times, carefully take the yarn off of the cardboard. Cut a piece of yarn about 10" and wrap it around the middle of your bundle, cinching it tightly and securing with a double knot.
Take your scissors and cut the loops on either ends of the knot you tied. Now you should have a pompom!
I did a bit of trimming to clean up the edges and nip any long pieces. If you have some areas significantly shorter, I suggest trimming the entire pom down to that size or it may look a little funny.
I made 15 pompoms (6 white, 4 pink, 5 red) and laid them out according to colour and cut a long piece of red yarn to hang it on. Next time I might use jute for the garland. Other tutorials will suggest you use a yarn needle to thread through the middle, however I simply used the tip of a pencil to push the piece of yarn through the centre of each pompom. You can tie knots after each pompom to keep them in place but I chose not to so that I could move them around.
Once I was finished, I hung it on my mantle using a bit of scotch tape and VOILA!
It's not perfect and my boyfriend may have compared it to something a school aged child would make, BUT I like it!! Now I am thinking of the colour combination I want to use for an Easter garland.
I hope you had a great long weekend!