How To Make A Pompom Garland
The sun is shining and the days are getting that bit longer – hooray! We’ve made it through January and things are looking up!
As the season progresses and we start to see the early signs of spring, I look to new craft projects to freshen up our home and give a sunny dose of colour after the gloom of the preceding months.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to inject some fun and colour into your home is to make a garland, and this Pompom Garland make couldn’t be easier.
String them along curtain poles, down walls, across kids beds or wrapped around book shelves to create a bespoke look for your home. You could even layer them into a glass jar to create a piece for your sideboard.
One of the best things about Pompom Garlands, (apart from that they are awesome!) is that you can change them up throughout the year, creating a fresh look in your home each season. Plus, they’re perfect if you rent, meaning you can add some personalised colour to your home without losing your deposit!
First things first, you need to make your pompoms. I really recommend getting yourself a Pompom Maker. They make the process so much quicker, and you end up with the denser, neater pompom at the end of it. For these poms, I’ve used a medium sized maker which means the finished pompoms will be about 1 inch across.
You will need:
To start, open one side of your pompom maker, wrap the yarn around this half of the maker until it is full up like so:
Next, close this side, cut the yarn and open the arms on the other side of the maker. Fill this side with yarn too and close the maker.
The next step is to cut all around the outside of your pompom maker with your sharp scissors. This can be quite tricky so be careful of your fingers! Once you’ve done that, cut a length of yarn about 25 cm long and secure this with a double knot around the centre of the pompom. Open the arms of the pompom maker again and pull the two sides apart. Voila! You have a pompom! >>
Finish it off by giving it a trim until it is neat and spherical. I keep the two lengths of yarn that hold the Pompom together long so that I can hold these while I trim and also use these lengths to tie the Pompom the the Garland. To make a 1 m long Garland I would aim to make about 10 pompoms so you have one every 10 cm.
To create your Garland, use either a length of yarn or some thin waxed string. Cut to the desired length and tie a loop knot at one end so you can easily hang the Garland up.
You can either keep the two lengths of yarn long that hold the Pompom together and use this to tie the pompom to the Garland, or use an embroidery needle to thread the pompoms on. >>
Once you have finished, tie another loop knot at the other end so it’s easy to string up.
Want to try your hand at some more DIYs? Check out the CREATE section of my blog. If you would like some practical help to get your creative project started, I’m running a series of workshops in Oxford this year to help you find the time and space to start a new hobby, and develop new skills. Check out the WORKSHOPS section of the A Rosie Life Shop for the latest dates and makes including Tassel Wall Hangings and Modern Embroidery!
I really hope you can join me for a glass of wine and some inspiring creativity!