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Happy Day after Thanksgiving! Also known as “the day when it stops being controversial to talk about decorating for Christmas” So, let’s talk Christmas shall we? (does a happy dance across the room!) It’s no secret that I have a serious love affair with yarn pom poms. And you may remember the Anthro Wreath of 2014 that was blowin’ up Pinterest feeds. Maybe it was even longer ago than 2014, who knows, but it’s been filed in the back of my mind for like, forever. I made a couple of attempts to recreate those beautiful, fluffy poms without spending a small fortune–because it’s wool, and wool is expensive, and well, that’s probably why that wreath was at Anthro, right? Anyway, after several attempts, I just could never get those little fluffy balls of goodness. Until this year. And this year, it just so happened I wanted a new garland for my tree, and well, this was the result. A big, fluffy pom pom garland. Literally, my FAVORITE thing I have ever made, and it’s so simple!
The secret is this big, fat, amazing yarn! You can see how bulky it is compared to other yarn. It’s fairly expensive, but I got mine at Hobby Lobby (regular price $6.99) so if you use your 40% coupon, it’s, well, 40% off Even if you have to pay full price though, it’s so thick, you don’t need much, so it’s still an inexpensive project. I used two skeins of yarn and it made about 60 pom poms.
So here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
FLUFFY YARN POM POM GARLAND:
Bernat Mega Bulky Yarn (this color is called Linen)
Pom Pom Maker (mine is a medium size)
Regular yarn, in a color similar to the bulky yarn
Plastic Yarn Needle
So this part, I guess, is basically just the instructions on how to use a pom pom maker, but there was a little learning curve with me when I got mine, so I’ll walk you through And for the record, this is like the greatest $5.00 I’ve ever spent! So much better than making your own.
1. Wrap your yarn around each “arm” of the pom pom maker 10-12 times. (The more you wrap, the bulkier your poms.)
2. When you’re done wrapping, close the arm and cut off the end.
3. Cut each side down the middle where there’s a little “fork” in the arm.
4. Use the lighter weight yarn and, coming from the bottom up, slip the yarn between the arms and tie it TIGHT (this will tie all of your little pieces together into the pom pom).
5. Open the arms back up and pull the two sides apart.
6. And voila, you have a pom pom.
To string the garland, just thread some twine (or string of your choice) onto a plastic yarn needle and string it through the middle of the pom poms. Try to get it right through the middle
That’s all there is! A perfect little project while you’re doing all of your decorating this weekend!
I can’t wait to show you next week what it actually looks like on the tree and give you the full Christmas home tour! For now, I’ll leave you with a little peek
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