We’ve been spending a lot of time out on the front porch this summer which means I’ve been showing more photos of it. And in nearly every one of those photos is the porch swing with pom pom garland draped above.
I mean, how adorable are those girls?! But the questions and comments I most receive when showing the porch swing is “where is the pom pom garland from?“.
And so, here I am today to tell you.
The garland was originally made for a Christmas decoration, but I ended up liking them so much, they’ve become a year-round decoration. They are super easy to make, the supplies are minimal and you can just flip on your favorite show and keep your hands busy creating.
Here is how to make a simple diy pom pom garland.
To start, gather your supplies:
chunky yarn (about 3 rolls) / pom pom makers (2 sizes) / embroidery thread / upholstery needle / scissors
HOW TO MAKE THE POM POMS
Open up the pom pom maker and wrap the yarn round and round the first side. The more your wrap, the fuller your pom pom will be.
Once the first side is full, string your yarn across to the other side and wrap.
Fold the sides in together and trim through the center ‘trough’ to cut the yarn. Make sure you keep the pom pom maker closed so you don’t loose all that yarn!
Next, cut a piece of yarn just a little bit longer than the circumference of the pom pom maker. This will be used to wrap around the center to hold the pom together.
Tie the piece of yarn around the center of the pom maker, extra tight.
Now pull apart the pom maker and your pom pom is free.
Trim long pieces of yarn and fluff.
Continue this process a bunch of times until you have a big, gorgeous, fluffy pile of pom poms.
HOW TO MAKE SMALL POM POM GARLAND
Cut a piece of yarn to desired finished length of the garland.
Thread needle with embroidery thread in a color that matches your yarn. You don’t necessarily want to see the thread. Knot one end a few times to make a thick knot.
Place the poms where you want them on the garland, poke the needle through the center of the pom (so it catches the knotted piece that holds it all together) and stitch into place.
You can stitch a few times back and forth to make sure the pom is secure
In between poms, run the needle through the center of the yarn, then stitch on the next pom. This just allows you to use one continuous piece of embroidery thread instead of tying off knots, trimming and starting again with each pom.
Then hang anywhere and everywhere!
TO MAKE THE LARGE POM POM GARLAND
Start by making large poms using this pom maker (3 3/8″). The big pom poms take much more yarn to make, so grab an extra roll of yarn just to be sure.
Cut three long pieces of yarn in desired finished length and tie knot in top. Tape to tabletop to hold in place.
Loosely braid the yarn and knot the end. This will give you a more substantial garland to stitch the poms onto.
Thread your needle with the same embroidery thread, knotting a few times at the end to catch. Now run the needle through the center of the pom (trying to grab onto the center string that ties it all up).
Stitch onto braided yarn (a few stitches to hold securely).
You can knot, cut the thread and start again with the next pom, or in between poms, run the needle through the center of the braid, then stitch on the next pom in desired spacing.
Isn’t it fantastic?
I went on a spree a few Christmases ago making a bunch of these garlands after seeing them hanging in my friend Erica’s house when I took photos for a Coastal Christmas house tour:
I made a bunch of my own and they’ve made their rounds, first at our old house, and now at the new.
The garland looked sweet hanging from the shelves in my old office (see lots more of that room here).
Remember our old cottage kitchen? It was so light and pretty. The big bummer about it was that we looked out our kitchen window directly at the side of our neighbor’s house and so I put up the pom pom garlands to distract my eye from looking much beyond.
At Christmas, I made a few and hung them in the windows with beaded garland and a boxwood wreath in the center. It was so pretty and gave the window Christmas spirit without being bold and colorful.
I liked the garlands on the window so much that after christmas, I pulled off the beaded garlands and the wreath and left up the poms.
And then in February, I moved them over to the diy chalkboard as birthday decoration for our son.
And now, here they are on the porch swing. I don’t actually remember why I put them up outside? I must have done it when we were moving and I came across the pom pom garlands and didn’t know where else to put them so I tied them up to the chain. I didn’t intend to leave them there, but they add such a whimsical touch, so I guess I’ll just leave them.
Making a pom pom garland is just about as simple of a craft project as they come. I love how they add subtle texture to any space and look great year round. Go ahead, my crafty friends, and make a few pom pom garlands for your home!
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