You've probably seen them on Pinterest or Anthropologie or other blogs since they're not exactly new.
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Today I'm sharing a tutorial for this pompom garland as part of an "Inspired by Pinterest" tour I'm participating in that includes some of my very talented blog friends and their pinterest-inspired projects.
And today you're also getting a sneak peek at some photos that are going to be part of a gallery wall project that's currently in the works. There are a few more images to be printed and framed, and a couple of ledges need to be installed but hopefully it will be finished in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for the completion and reveal of that project!
Since I'm not the world's craftiest chic, I keep my craft projects really simple. As in, you probably made these or something similar in Girl Scouts or VBS when you were a kid. It's that easy.
Here are the simple supplies you need:
- 2 skeins of thick yarn - here's the one I used ==> chunky yarn. (affiliate link) I got 8 pompoms from one skein.
- Sharp fabric-cutting scissors. I used these (affiliate link) that I purchased when I took a drapery making class 12 years ago. (Not that I make draperies very often, but I did learn how to do it from a pro.)
And here's how to make this simple project.
1. Start by cutting a piece of yarn about 9" and lay it in your hand. I secured one end between my fingers so it wouldn't slip.
2. Wrap the yarn around the palm of your hand 50 times. You could do more for fuller pompoms. Easy so far, right?
3. Remember the short piece you laid on your hand? Take the ends of that piece and tie a knot one one side of the yarn you just wrapped around the palm of your hand. Keep track of these ends and don't trim them yet.
4. Find the center of the ring of yarn and hold it open slightly.
5. Using your sharp scissors, cut through the yarn ring on the opposite edge from the knot you tied with the short piece.
6. Next, trim the yarn pompoms so they're all the same length. Don't trim off the ends from the knotted piece yet.
Repeat until you have the amount of pompoms you want.
7. Now you'll want to fluff the yarn. In the photo above, the right pompom has been "fluffed" and the left one hasn't. I like them fluffy.
You can fluff them by simply rubbing the strands of yarn between your finger tips until they're the thickness you want. You could also use of wide tooth comb or a fork, but be careful not to pull out any strands.
8. At this point you can be done and tie them to a long single strand of thread, or you can make a thicker, braided strand to tie them on to. I wanted something thicker so I experimented a bit.
The braid on the left was made with 6 strands, and the right one was made with 3 strands. I decided on the one with 3 strands.
9. To make the braided strand, cut 3 strands of yarn (or 6 if you want it extra chunky) to the length you want. I cut mine to 8'. Next, tape one end to a solid surface and do a simple braid all the way to the end of the strands. Tie both ends off with a knot and trim the edges.
It will look like the photo below when you're finished.
10.Now decide the spacing of your pompoms and tie them on to the braided strand.
11. Remember those ends I told you not to trim yet? Here's where you need them. Run one end through the braided strand and tie on the pompom with a knot. Repeat until all the pompoms are attached.
You're done! Now all you have to do is hang it up. How's that for simple, even though it does take an hour or so?
Our living room fireplace mantel is too skimpy for my taste so I hung my pompom garland here to fill in some of the empty space. Building a chunkier mantel is on my to-do list for this space. That and 500 other things.
Let me know if you decide to make one of these fun garlands. I'd love to know how you decide to use it too.
Don't forget to keep scrolling down to see many more pinterest inspired projects from my uber talented blog friends!
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