Halloween DIY: Pom-Pom Garland

Halloween DIY: Pom-Pom Garland

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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!

Supplies:

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    Yarn (I used 2 skeins of 3 different colors)
    Scissors
    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!

Directions:

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1. Get started by winding yarn around one open half of your pom-pom maker.

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2. Keep winding until you get to the end, cut yarn.

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3. Close that side of the pom-pom maker, open the second side and continue wrapping your yarn around it.

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4. When you reach the end, cut yarn and close the maker.

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5. Carefully cut the yarn down the center of each arch.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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10. When you are finished threading all of your pom-poms onto your ribbon, tie a knot, and cut away any remaining ribbon.

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Now just hang your garland (on a staircase, fireplace mantle, balcony – anywhere), step back and enjoy!

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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.

13 thoughts on “Halloween DIY: Pom-Pom Garland”

  1. This is too cute! and super easy too. I love that all you have to do is switch up the colors to make this a quick fix for festive decorations any time of the year!

  2. Super cute Rachel! I never cease to be amazed by your creative brain! Love how easy this is, how it adds such a nice punch of color AND how affordable it is too! And @mandabear is right – you could change out the colors and make more to celebrate any holiday (Valentine’s Day, Christmas, 4th of July, etc) or pick your kids favorite colors for a birthday celebration – or their team colors for an end of season celebration.

  3. This is such a clever idea! I’m sure my pom poms would not be as perfect-looking as yours, but I’m seriously tempted to order that pom pom-making gadget and give it a whirl!

  4. Back in my day, I had to make pompoms the old fashioned way! ;) That’s a nifty device. I just moved into my own place in June so I don’t really have tons of holiday decor yet. I do have a real pumpkin though!

  5. This is too adorable–such a great idea. I wish I was more of a DIY’er, but I tend to buy more crafts because I’m lazy. A recent Halloween acquisition was a motion-activated raven that moves its wings and caws; it’s in a black cage with tattered lace hanging from the top.

    1. Stef, for me it IS relaxing. I usually bust a few out when I am watching tv or bored. I just finished a second garland using smaller pom-poms that are all touching in Fall colors. I may need to get started on a Christmasy garland to wrap around our tree!

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