Friday, February 24, 2012

how to make a pom pom garland


pom pom garlands are one of may favorite things to make.
they are fun, colorful and versatile.
here are step-by-step instructions on how to make your own!
they're insanely easy, but just take some time and patience.

{note: i make a million pom poms and string them onto a long piece of yarn, like how you would string beads to make a necklace. when you need to make another garland with different colors, cut the center strand of yarn and gently pull off each pom pom. now you can make a new garland with those existing colors and new ones!}

here are my winter snowball garland and valentine's day garland:



ok. let's get started!


supplies:



good scissors {a must}
a metal needle
 a clover pom pom maker
 lots of yarn


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i'm working on my st. paddy's day garland.
bring on the green!


when i make my pom poms, i use the outer and center strands of yarn.
double the yarn=pom poms in half the time!




open up the pom pom and start winding the yarn around the half circles.




it should look like this:




stop when it looks like this:
if you don't, you'll have an egg-shaped pom pom.




close the pom pom maker.
cut yarn.




open the other side of the pom pom maker and start winding it around again.




stop when it looks like this:




close the pom pom maker.
cut yarn strands.




time to cut.
cut the yarn between the two sides of the pom pom maker like this:





cut all the way around both sides so it looks like this:




cut a strand of yarn around 12" and tie it where you just cut.
: : : be careful to not let the pom pom maker open!! : : :




tie a double knot.




open up the half circles of the pom pom maker.





now pull the pom pom maker apart to reveal your pom pom!




trim pom pom to make it nice and round.




 now make a million more.




grab your metal needle and start stringing on pom poms to a looooooong strand of yarn.




try to go right through the middle each time so each pom pom is centered.





ta-da!
a pom pom garland.




now try to keep yourself from making a million more.
it gets addicting, trust me!
:)



8 comments:

  1. I can do this one, thanks for the step by step! yay :) so cute!

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  2. great tutorial~ I will be buying one of those gadgets. Joanns??

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  3. AbbyS: yes, i got mine at JoAnns! It comes with another pom pom maker too, a smaller one {i think!}.

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  4. Love that garland! I finally made a pom pom the other day. You're right it gets addicting I would love to string a whole wall.
    Answer to your question on the piano: you should go for it!, we had a guy paint it for us with one of those sprayers so that it kept the paint even and then had him add a high gloss over it to give it that shine.

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  5. So glad I found your cute little blog! You have precious babies! I need to try your crafts, your so creative! That picture frame over the thermostat is adorable (on the post below) !

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  6. We use our pom poms as pretend snow balls. Your idea is much more refined ;o).

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  7. I have made pom poms before but not with a gaget so I am wondering how big around the poms are when they are finished.? It might be easier if I go buy a gaget..lol Dianntha

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