I have just put up the Christmas tree a little in advance because we need the cheering up with the 2020 health crisis! This year I have decided to make my own decoration with natural materials like this DIY Pom Pom Garland. In part, because we have just moved into our new house and currently have no ornaments but mostly because I love nothing more than Christmas crafting.
Our look and feel is rather Nordic and soothing. I am using wicker, clay, cotton and wool, with some copper and gold touches thrown in because it’s Christmas and it has to shine somehow! Our Christmas tree is a bare little thing, bought on a whim, but it still looks great with all the ornaments. I always go for the artificial kind as it makes me somewhat uneasy to think of chopping a tree for a single month’s use. I will level us up to a fuller tree next year, like this artificial Christmas tree.
Today I am showing you how to make a DIY pom pom garland for Christmas because I wanted a softer and more cosy decoration than the usual tinsel. I am using a bulk pom pom method. I use this trick whenever I need a lot of pom poms for a project and it saves a lot of time. It’s very adaptable. You can make bulk pom poms of different sizes depending on how much yarn you wrap and how you divide them.
I use green thread for this garland because I want it to camouflage itself in the tree branches and make the actual pom poms stand out. You can use yarn to thread the pom poms together instead, especially if you use this garland to decorate your house
Materials & Tools
- long piece of wood
- Soft cream-coloured yarn
- green embroidery thread
Making Bulk Pom Poms
1 First you will have to hammer in two nails at each end of the piece of wood. Be gentle. I know this is an oxymoron when it comes to using a hammer but I mean it! Go slow and ease the nails in gently or the wood might split, especially if the piece is narrow like mine.
2 Next you can start wrapping the yarn around the two posts you’ve created with the nails. To make pom poms about 4 cm in diameter, I wrapped until the yarn was as thick as my thumb (I have fat fingers, but I’m sure you can approximate…).
3 You will then divide the yarn using 9 small threads. This will make 9 pom poms. You can adjust by dividing more or less depending on your requirements. Make sure you tie the thread quite tight. I usually go around a few times to help secure the knot.
4 Once you have secured the knots, you will cut straight in the middle between each knot. Each individual pom pom will spring to life as you cut. It’s quite cheerful, like tiny birds hatching!
5 When you’re done, you will notice the 2 pom poms at the edges are not finished. One side has been cut while the other was still wrapped around the nail. Just lift them off the nail and cut the yarn to finish those pom poms.
You can repeat the above steps once or twice until you have enough pom poms for your DIY Pom Pom Garland.
Making the DIY Pom Pom Garland
6 You are now the proud owner of a flock of tiny pom poms! Before we go ahead, you will have to cut the long thread hanging off each pom pom. You might want to rub them in your palms or brush them with a hairbrush. This will loosen the yarn and make them fluffy.
7 Now you can start threading your garland with your green embroidery floss. Push the needle in the middle of each pom pom to make sure they stay put. You might have to push your pom poms down the thread to give you enough space to thread new ones on.
8 When you have threaded all your pom poms you can spread them apart by pushing them along the thread. I like them to be about 10cm apart but feel free to adjust to your taste. Close pom poms will make a dense and fluffy garland while spaced out pom poms will result in a much longer garland, perfect for wrapping around your Christmas tree.