If you’ve been wondering how to make a pom pom garland, I’m here to tell you it’s one of the easiest DIY crafts to make. I even have some ideas for you to decorate your pom pom garland for every season!
Today you’ll learn how to make super quick pom poms with a pom pom maker. After making several pom poms, I’ve learned to shorten the process so I’m going to share that method with you today and then you’ll learn how to make a DIY pom pom garland.
You can use a homemade pom pom garland on the Christmas tree, on your mantel or even hung accross the top of a mirror or picture frame. The softness of the yarn adds a cozy feel and added texture to your home decor.
I already have two posts on my blog about how to make pom poms (I love them that much!). One shows you how to make pom poms with things you have at home and another is how to make pom poms with my favorite pom pom maker. It’s the same pom pom maker shown here in this post, but this is just a faster method.
I’m a huge fan of this pom pom maker set. It has four sizes so you can make DIY pom pom garlands in several sizes, or mix the sizes together for lots of texture. I’m using the largest pom pom maker for this tutorial.
DIY Pom Pom Garland Supplies
- Fluffy yarn – (6) 6-foot pieces of yarn grouped in two sets of 3, (1) 8″ piece of yarn for the end (for each pom pom). Get all of this ready first for the quickest result. This is for the largest size out of the set.
- Pom pom maker set – It’s worth the small investment! Waste less yarn and make perfect pom poms! I’m using the largest size today so the measurements are for that size only.
- Yarn or twine for hanging
- Sharp scissors
Because I knew you would want to know, the measurements above were for the XL size, for the Large I used 4′ strands, the small I used 2′ strands, and the X-small I used about 18″ strands. 😉
What kind of yarn makes fluffy pom poms?
You can use almost any kind of yarn. If you use thinner, basic yarn, it will take more yarn to make the pom poms. Blanket yarn has not worked well for me. It sheds too much when cut. I like to pick a more heavily weighted yarn that has a fluffy look to it. I love the Softee Chunky yarn.
“How much yarn do you need to make a pom pom garland? “
That’s been a popular question and it will entirely depend on how long your garland is and how full you make it. If you space the poms poms further apart with string showing in between, you’re going to use a lot less yarn than if you cluster the pom poms together to make a super full pom pom garland.
For the large pom poms I’m demonstrating today, you’ll use approximately 37 feet of yarn per pom pom. I hope that helps!
Making The Pom Poms (Video Below) Using A Clover Pom Pom Maker
I gave you my cutting measurements to help speed up this process. I used my 6′ dining table as an easy place to measure my 6-foot pieces. You need two sets of three and then a small piece to tie off each pom pom at the end. I also find it easier to stand up when making these so the strands don’t tangle. Again, this is for the largest pom pom maker in the set.
Fold out the two arms on one side of the pom pom maker and hold them flush. Hold the first set of 3 yarn strands onto the end with your thumb. There’s no need to tie them on, as you wrap the yarn, it will hold itself in place.
Keep the yarn strands side by side so they aren’t twisted, and wrap around the two arms towards the center. Go back and forth from one side to the other until you run out of yarn. Fold that side in. Flip the pom pom maker over and repeat this process on the other side.
Now you have a fluffy donut looking thing. Take your scissors and snip through the center of the donut using the grooves in the pom pom maker. Don’t let the pom pom maker pop apart. Flip the donut over and repeat the process.
Don’t worry about stray pieces being longer. We’ll take care of those in a minute. Hold everything together and use your 8″ piece of yarn to slide in the groves of the pom pom maker and pull tight. Sometimes it even makes a clicking noise. Tie the first part of a knot and pull down very tightly. Tie one more time to complete the knot.
Pull one set of arms out and then the other set. Grip the colorful round plastic pieces and pull them apart to release the pom pom. Hold the pom pom by the long pieces you used for tying and give the pom pom a shake to fluff it out.
Hold the pom pom over a trash can and snip away stray pieces until the pom pom is nice and round. Don’t cut off the long pieces. You’ll use those to tie the pom poms to your yarn or twine when assembling the garland. “Oops, I already cut them off”. No problem, use a crochet hook to fish a new piece back through the pom pom. 😉
I am not the best video maker so give it a like for me. It was hard to stay in the center of the camera!
How to String Pom Poms to Make a Garland
It’s easy to assemble a pom pom garland. After you’re done making all of your pom poms, measure out a piece of yarn, ribbon or twine that fits your mantel, picture frame, Christmas tree or buffet (wherever you’re going to use your pom pom garland). Start tying your first pom pom on, beginning in the center of the yarn or twine.
If you’re going to space the pom poms apart, measure the space you want between each one and tie additional pom poms to your yarn or twine. As a tip when I spae pom poms widely apart, I take the center pom pom then fold the twine in half and tie additional pom poms side by side so they are spaced apart evenly. I hope that makes sense.
To make a more full garland, tie the pom poms close together and tie some to the front and some to the back of the twine. Once you get several tied on, you can hang the garland and then find places that need more and tie more pom poms on. You can usally slide them to get them closer together if necessary. Be sure to leave some long tails on the ends for attaching to your mantel, tree, etc.
How To Make A Pom Pom Garland For Every Season
I like to use the largest pom pom maker to make my neutral garland and then use the smaller ones to make seasonal colored pom pom garlands and then layer two or more pom pom garlands together. This allows me to keep my big, full garland up year around and quickly add color when necessary.
For Halloween I hung two pom pom garlands together. I was able to remove the black garland and use the neutral garland for fall. You can add all sorts of things to pom pom garlands to get a different look for every season. I added small glitter pumpkins to my DIY Halloween pom pom garland. (Pictured above.)
To make a DIY Christmas pom pom garland , I used small plastic ornaments to make the garland more festive. I found gold ornaments at Dollar Tree.
When you’re making a very full garland, you can tie seasonal colors in using bows instead of knots so they are easily removable. Just tuck the bows inside and you won’t even see them.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a pom pom garland DIY with me. Please pin our favorite image for later!
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