There are few things in life as exuberant as a pom pom. They’re fun, fluffy and ooze the sort of playfulness that you need after a long day. These gorgeous examples come from one of my favorite artists, Ashley G. As if her home could get any cuter, Ashley decided to whip up these adorable pom pom garlands as a way to spruce up her mantel and doorways. I love the addition of lights and a little bird — it’s a colorful spin on traditional holiday decorations. Ashley was kind enough to share her how-to with us today. Thanks, Ashley! xo, grace
Read the full how-to after the jump . . .
- pom pom makers (I used this set by Clover, but you can use your hand, a fork or templates you make out of cardboard)
- SHARP scissors
- an embroidery needle
- cotton or poly string
1. Wind the yard around both sides of the pom pom maker. The more yarn you wind, the fuller your pom poms will be. If you want multiple colored pom poms, use multiple colors of yarn!
2. With a pair of sharp scissors, cut around the guides of the pom pom maker. After the yarn is cut, I like to trim the pom pom up a bit, getting the yarn as close to an even length as possible.
3. With a piece of yarn or string, tightly tie the pom pom. If you use a pom pom maker, you will hear a little snap when you get in the center.
4. Release the pom pom! Give it a good shake to shape it and trim around it until it is even enough to your liking.
5. Repeat (now’s a good time for a Netflix marathon).
6. Arrange the pom poms in the order you want to string them.
7. Cut a piece of string (I used thin drapery cord) twice as long as you want your garland to be (remember to cut extra for the ends!) and string through the embroidery needle.
8. Tie a knot and loop at one end. String and tie a knot and loop at the other end, and VOILA! Pom pom garland.
9. Hang and enjoy!
*Optional: I used a wooden bead at each end to secure the pom poms.