Learn how to make a quick and easy pom pom garland including how to make fluffy pom poms from simple yarn (without a pom pom maker).
I loved the pom pom garland I made for Christmas this year so much, I decided to make another one to add a bit of coziness to carry us through the rest of winter.
Pom pom garlands are perfect for decorating a Christmas tree, draping over a mantel, or just adding a bit of personality to a boring corner.
Pom pom garlands are super cheap and easy to make. You can make one with no special tools other than some yarn, your hands, and a yarn needle.
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- thick yarn
- yarn needle
- You may also choose to use a pom pom maker to make your pom poms instead of wrapping the yarn around your fingers. They aren’t super expensive, but they also aren’t really necessary. You can make a great pom pom garland without it. (Although if you happen to have carpal tunnel or arthritis or something like that, I can definitely see where the pom pom maker would be handy.)
How to make pom poms
You can make pom poms from any type of yarn, but I like using really thick, fluffy yarn to make nice, full pom poms.
Use your thumb to hold one end of your yarn and then begin wrapping the yarn around and around your fingers. When you have a nice full swath of yarn around your fingers, cut the end of the yarn.
Cut a second piece of yarn around a foot long and thread it onto your yarn needle. Push the threaded needle between two of your fingers, below where the yarn is.
Pull the threaded needle out the back side and then wrap the two ends of the piece of yarn around the wrapped yarn. Tie it loosely and slip the whole thing off your fingers.
Pull the tied piece of yarn as tight as possible and tie a double knot.
Use your scissors to cut the loops of yarn all around the pom pom.
When you fluff it up, it will look super scraggly. Just use your scissors to trim it into a nice round shape.
Making perfect pom poms
Because I’m a total perfectionist, I decided to do a little pom pom experimenting. Using pretty much the same method with a few minor tweaks, you can make your pom poms big, little, shaggy, fluffy, basically whatever you want.
First I experimented with making different size pom poms by wrapping the yarn around different number of fingers. I made small, medium, and large pom poms using two, three, and four fingers.
Then I tried wrapping the yarn around my fingers different amounts of times – 20, 30, 0r 40. (All using three fingers).
Wrapping the yarn 30-40 times looked best in my opinion.
And finally I experimented with trimming the edges different amounts. Less trimming makes a bigger but shaggier pom pom. More trimming makes it a bit smaller, but much more uniformly round.
In the end I made the pom poms for my garland using three fingers, wrapped 30-40 times. (I’m not crazy enough to count every single time – I just eyeballed it.)
How to make a pom pom garland
Turning a pile of pom poms into a garland is super easy.
Just thread the yarn needle with a long piece of yarn. String the pom poms onto the yarn by sticking the needle through the middle of each pom pom.
Once the pom poms are strung into a garland, you can slide them along the string until they are evenly spaced.
I hung my fluffy pom pom garland on a mirror in our dining room and I love the cozy, wintery touch it adds.
- Yarn Needle
- Hold one end of the yarn with your thumb and begin wrapping it around your fingers.
- When you have a full swath of yarn around your fingers, cut the yarn.
- Cut another piece about a foot long and thread it onto your yarn needle.
- Push the threaded needle between two of your fingers, below where the yarn is.
- Pull it out the back and then wrap the two ends of the piece of yarn around the wrapped yarn.
- Tie it loosely and slip the whole thing off your fingers.
- Pull the tied piece of yarn tight and tie a double knot.
- Use your scissors to cut the loops of yarn around the pom pom.
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