Queue Andy Williams: It’s the moossssst wonderful time OF THE YEAR! Or how about: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…? Can you tell I’ve been listening to Christmas music the past few days?! Thanksgiving is in the books and full Holiday joy can officially commence, and I’m bringing you Holiday joy in a big way this week!! I’m so excited to be joining Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage, along with six other AMAZINGLY talented ladies to bring you five days of Christmas Spectacular!! Can you see us all doing our best Rockettes kick-line? Every day this week, each of us will have a Christmas project for you, which means that by Friday, you’ll have 25 Holiday ideas!
I’m kicking it off today with a simple garland, specifically a Giant Yarn Pom Pom Garland. And let me just say: I’m so in love this garland, I may just wrap myself up in it and wear it around until Christmas.
I’ve dubbed this “The Year of the Pom Pom” at my house because I’ve been making these little things like crazy, and I just can’t get enough! They’re an easy, inexpensive way to add color, and texture, and bring that cozy Holiday feeling! I made the smaller poms on the garland with a pom pom maker (life changing tool people), but I didn’t have one big enough to make the giant ones, so I “built” my own, and I’m going to show you how to make these big, colorful balls of fluffy goodness!
Twine or decorative string for the garland
1. Trace something circle onto your cardboard (like a bowl or a glass), and then something smaller and circular inside of that circle, so you have what looks like a donut shape. You’ll need two of these. The smaller your inside circle in comparison to the outer one, the fuller your yarn ball will be. My outer circle is 4½ inches and the inner circle is 1½ inches. Cut out the circles and then cut a notch out of each of them so that it’s easier to wrap the yarn. Make sure you cut the notch at an angle so that the outside has a wide-ish opening but it’s small towards the inside so that the yarn doesn’t slide out when you cut it (you’ll see what I mean in a minute).
2. Holding the two cardboard discs together, wrap the yarn all the way around. The more yarn you wrap, the fuller the pom pom, so I wrap mine thick–at least 120 times. To mix colors, hold and wrap two strands at a time. For color-blocking, wrap the colors in separate sections. You can also wrap a section of color, and then wrap another color over the top of it so the middle is one color and the outside is another–have fun playing around with it!
3. Once you’re done wrapping, place two fingers in the center hole and sort of press against the yarn. This is going to hold the strands in place while you cut.
4. Place your scissors between the two discs and cut all the way around.
5. Cut a length of string, place it between the two cardboard discs, pull it around and tie it tightly around the strands. You’ll see the pom pom take shape. Gently pull it out of the discs and give it a gentle shake (or lightly roll it around between your hands like a ball of dough) to fluff it up.
6. Give it a little haircut and trim all of the straggly pieces. I left mine a little crazy because I like the look, and you’ll notice they’re a lot less uniform than the ones make with the pom pom maker.
7. Thread a needle on your string for the garland (mine is Eyelash Yarn) and thread it through the middle of each ball.
That’s it!! I’ve been bugging my husband to build me a faux mantel for Christmas until we finally get a real fireplace in our house, and I think this garland may have just sealed the deal. I NEED a mantel! For now, I think I’ve got another spot for this little gem though, which I’ll show you next week when I’ll give you my full Christmas home tour.
Don’t forget to head over and check out more Christmas goodness from the other ladies: