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We Heart Easy DIY Projects: Halloween Decor Edition
Who doesn’t love pom-poms? They scream out “FUN” and add the perfect amount of whimsy to your decor. When I spotted a bin of $1 yarns at the craft store, I was thrilled. I was shopping with a Halloween DIY in mind, and they happened to have purple, orange, and green yarns available on the cheap. Boo-ya. One Halloween home decor project coming up.
As you can see, I used these pom-poms to make a garland that now adds some color and Halloween fun to the staircase. Want a string or two of your own? Try this easy DIY project – with a few simple supplies, and a little bit of time, you’ll be creating your very own pom-pom garland!
- Yarn (I used 2 skeins of 3 different colors)
- Pom-Pom maker
- Tapestry needle
- Spool of ribbon (approx. 8 yards)
Tip: There are several different ways to make pom-poms, but I found that the Clover Pom Pom Maker to be the easiest and the fastest method – and not hard on the budget either. Pom-pom makers come in a variety of sizes. Keep in mind, the bigger the pom-pom, the more yarn you will use. For best results use chunky yarn, which winds quickly and creates super fluffy pom-poms!
1. Get started by winding yarn around one open half of your pom-pom maker.
2. Keep winding until you get to the end, cut yarn.
3. Close that side of the pom-pom maker, open the second side and continue wrapping your yarn around it.
4. When you reach the end, cut yarn and close the maker.
5. Carefully cut the yarn down the center of each arch.
6. Next tie a short length of the same colored yarn (approximately 6 inches) tightly and in a double-knot around the pom-pom maker. This step secures all of your strands of yarn and transforms them into a pom-pom.
7. Open both arches and pull the 2 halves of your pom-pom maker apart. Remove your pom-pom and trim any longer strands of yarn.
Continue making pom-poms until you run out of yarn. This is fun and easy activity, for me at least!
8. Now to tie the poms together. Remove ribbon from the spool (I used 3/8 inch wide ribbon). Tie a knot in one end.
9. Take the other end and thread it through the tapestry needle. Begin threading needle with ribbon on it, through the center of each pom-pom.
The spacing between each one of my pom-poms is approximately 6 inches. For this garland, I had a surplus of orange yarn, so I used an orange-purple-orange-green pattern.
Now just hang your garland (on a staircase, fireplace mantle, balcony – anywhere), step back and enjoy!
we heartsters – Are your Halloween decorations DIY, store-purchased or a combination of both?
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Rachel is a stay-at-home Mom that never seems to be home. She’s a military wife, mother to The Danger Boys and a self-proclaimed craftaholic that enjoys photography, knitting, baking and all things handmade.