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Super-Easy DIY Pom Pom Garland with a Fork!

I have a new obsession: pom poms. Ever since I made my very first DIY pom pom last year to top a knitted toque, I’ve been looking for excuses to make more pom poms. I rummaged through my  basket of leftover yarn and found one small skein of red wool. This would be perfect for a mini sized Christmas pom pom garland!

A DIY pom pom garland strung around driftwood branches as a part of a rustic Christmas mantel decorating idea

A Versatile Red DIY Pom Pom Garland

It was fate that I chose a red yarn because it ended up being really versatile! We were able to use it for Halloween, Canada Day and even decorating for the 4th of July to celebrate with our American friends.

My DIY pom pom garland also made an appearance on Jane’s rustic Christmas mantel several seasons ago.

Red DIY pom pom garland on a fireplace mantel at Christmas.

You could also add other small elemants to your pompom garland. I love how The Happy Housie made hers with small pine cones as well.

What you’ll need For this Simple Craft Idea:

How to Make a Pom Pom:

Start by wrapping the yarn around a fork approximately 40-50 times. No exact science here but there needs to be enough wrapping to make a good, fluffy pom pom.

Next, take a good strong quality yarn to tie around the center of the wrapped fork.

Tying wound yarn around a fork to make a pompom.

Tie a single knot and gently remove the wrapped yarn from the fork.

Tying together the wound red yarn to create the pompom.

Pull the center yarn tightly and add a double knot to secure in place. If your pom pom yarn is strong enough, you can use the same one. In my case, the yarn broke whenever I pulled tightly to form the knot so I went with a different one.

Wound yarn for a DIY pom pom prior to cutting the loops with scissors.

Using a pair of sharp scissors begin to clip all of the formed loops. When all the loops are clipped, you will have a unruly looking pom pom.

An unruly pom pom removed from the fork.

Onto the fun part: give that DIY pom pom a haircut so that all the cut edges are about the same length.

Trimming the yarn.

And there it is: one completed mini pom pom.

Continue on and make as many as you want for your Christmas pom pom garland. Or alternate with some holiday coloured yarn for a festive effect. In my case, I used up the entire skein, which made twenty-two adorable little pom poms.

A tutorial showing how to make a set of red Christmas pom poms

How to make a Pom Pom Garland

To form the garland, I joined each pom pom using a fine gauge single ply white yarn we picked up for virtually next to nothing at a local thrift shop. To start, unravel a long long piece of yarn – you will double it up in making the garland.

Attaching DIY pom poms together to form a garland

Knot the white yarn on either side of the DIY pom pom and space them out evenly. Continue until the pom pom garland is complete.

Woman holding a pom pom in her hand which has been joined with white crochet thread.
Two red pom poms joined together with white single ply yarn.

I was so excited about my cutie little Christmas pom pom garland. I actually really like how the white yarn doesn’t detract from the fluffy clusters.

Completed DIY pom pom garland strung on pieces of driftwood in a glass vase on a fireplace mantel

The yarn pom poms almost look like they’re floating all strung up on these driftwood pieces.

A red and white pom pom garland laid on top of a fireplace mantel with other rustic decorating elements

They also look perfect just bunched together on the mantel.

A collection of red DIY pom poms strung together into a garland with white yarn, resting on a white surface

If you’re looking for additional holiday decorating ideas, be sure to stop by our Christmas Crafts section of the blog. There’s all sorts of goodies such as Christmas rock painting ideas, free printable Christmas cards, non-stuff gift ideas for your spouse and more!

How is your holiday decorating coming along?

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Red DIY pom pom garland strung on branches in a vase on a fireplace mantel
A DIY pom pom garland strung around driftwood branches as a part of a rustic Christmas mantel decorating idea

Super-Easy DIY Pom Pom Garland

Jane and Sonja
A versatile red pom pom garland DIY that you can use as decor for any season or holiday!
5 from 1 vote

Materials
  

  • Medium weight 2 ply yarn in color of your choice
  • Fine gauge single ply yarn
  • Fork
  • Scissors

Instructions
 

  • Start by wrapping the yarn around a fork approximately 40-50 times.
  • Next, take a good strong quality yarn to tie around the center of the wrapped fork.
  • Tie a single knot and gently remove the wrapped yarn from the fork.
  • Pull the center yarn tightly and add a double knot to secure in place.
  • Using a pair of sharp scissors begin to clip all of the formed loops.
  • Onto the fun part, give that DIY pom pom a haircut so that all the cut edges are about the same length.
  • Continue on and make as many as you want for your pom pom garland.

How to make a Pom Pom Garland

  • To form the garland, join each pom pom using a fine gauge single ply white yarn.
  • To start, unravel a long long piece of yarn – you will double it up in making the garland.
  • Knot the white yarn on either side of the DIY pom pom and space them out evenly. Continue until the pom pom garland is complete.
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I love it it's so simple, and it's kind of similar to those felt garlands.

Heather @ new house new home

Monday 7th of December 2015

Super cute!!! Love it with the white branches!

Jane and Sonja

Tuesday 8th of December 2015

Thanks Heather! We were lucky to find those branches.

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