DIY Pom Pom Garland – Video
DIY Pom Pom Garland
Want a pop of color in your decor that only takes 30 minutes to make? This adorable patriotic pom pom garland is so fast and easy to make that you can have it completely made and ready to hang in less than a half hour. The red, white and blue colors in this pom pom add lot of color and gives a festive feel to my patriotic vignettes. You could also make pom pom garlands for Halloween, Easter, Christmas, or any party where you need some fun spots of color.
As you can see, I just needed a little color to fill in the areas above the decor items in this hutch.
It filled in the areas perfectly, draped across the top, while giving a “party” like feel to this vignette.
In this garland, I used two different sized pom poms, keeping them small to keep the garland small, but you could use larger pom poms of several sizes depending on the areas you want to cover.
I was able to hook the middle part of the string into a space halfway between, which gives a cute double swag.
Isn’t this cute?
I have also used this same garland in my Fife and Drum Display, found HERE. I draped it across the front of a picture to minimize the print.
In my Sammy’s Star Spangled Banner Vignette, found HERE, I draped the garland along the picket fence behind Sammy. See how versatile it is and how it subtly brings in a festive feel without over-powering the vignette? Pom pom garlands are fun! If you would like to make a garland like this one, scroll down to my full tutorial below.
DIY Pom Pom Garland – Tutorial
- Glitter pom pom balls for crafts (I bought mine at Joanns, but you can also get them HERE.)
- Thick, heavy duty thread & a needle
- Beeswax for sewing (you can get this at any craft & sewing store or you can get it Beeswax for sewing.)
2. Thick, heavy duty thread & a needle
You could also use a bit heavier cotton string. I already had this heavy duty cotton thread on hand so it is what I used.
You will also need a needle with a fairly large eye on it so you can thread your heavier thread or string through it.
I use mine all the time to keep my thread from knotting when hand sewing on buttons, hemming pants, etc.
DIY Patriotic Pom Pom Garland – Instructions
Choosing your colors and sizes:
First, sort out the sizes and colors you want to use.
In this project, I used the small and medium sized pom poms and picked out only the ones that had the tinsel on them because I wanted them to be sparkly.
Next, figure out your pattern by laying the pom poms out on a table.
It helped to line the pom pom balls in the order that you want them to be on the string.
I arranged them in size starting with: medium, small, medium, small, medium, small, etc., alternating colors of red, white, and blue. Line them up with about an inch between pom poms. Doing this will help you figure out how many pom poms you will need.
Laying them out in order on a table will help you figure out how many pom poms you will need and you can visualize how long you want it.
I ended up using 20 tinsel pom poms total.
Medium: 4 red, 3 Blue and 3 White
Small: 4 White, 3 Blue and 3 Red
Measuring your thread or string:
First, decide the length of your garland, then and add 10 inches to it. Cut a piece of thread or string to this measurement.
Next, thread your needle onto the string.
Last, pull your thread through the beeswax to coat it.
Note: Using the beeswax will keep your thread from twisting up and knotting on you while sewing. This is not required, but just something I have learned to do in my years of sewing. If you sew much, you will love this tip! My thread never knots when I am hand sewing when I first coat my thread with beeswax.
Threading your Pom Poms:
First, run your needle through the center of the first pom pom (mine was the medium size red one), then pull the thread all the way through.
Next, slide the pom pom down the thread so there is only about 6 inches left of thread sticking out the other end of the pom pom.
Now, string another pom pom on (Mine was a small white one), leaving about an inch between the two pom poms.
The next color I added was the medium blue pom pom. Now you have red, white, & blue!
I added a small red pom pom next.
Continue to alternate red, white and blue with the rest of the pom poms, alternating sizes as desired.
Your garland should look like this when you’re finished. You can now remove the needle.
Making knotted loops on each end:
You’ll need a loop on each end of you garland to hang it. If you need help making a loop, you can follow the pictures below.
First, find one end of the thread on your garland and make a loop. (I made my loop approx. 2-1/2 inches long, but you can make it any size you need if you need to fit the loop over a larger object). This will be your first loop.
Now, make a second loop by twisting the first loop around your finger.
Next, I gently push the second loop off of my finger as shown.
Then, I thread the end of the first loop into the second loop.
The ‘second loop’ should look like a loose knot.
Next, pull the first loop so that the second loop gets slightly smaller.
Now, gently pull the second loop downwards, towards the end of the string.
Note: If the second loop starts to get too small while pulling it down, you can put a pencil through it to keep the loop from closing as you slide it down.
Last, when the second loop is close to the end of the string, pinch the second loop with two fingers, while pulling the first loop with your other two fingers. This will cause the second loop to tighten into a knot. You’re finished! You will use these finished loops to hang your garland up.
Spacing Pom Poms and Making Last Loop:
Before you tie the last loop, make sure your garland is spaced out evenly, about 1 inch between each one, starting from your looped end. You will find that you will have too much string on the other end so cut it down to size and make your last loop, following the instructions above.
Now, you are finished! Isn’t it fun and sparkly? Time to hang it up and enjoy it!
DIY Pom Pom Garland
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