How to Make a Festive and Fun Pom-Pom Garland

Pom-poms are not just for kids. See how you can make your own to dress up your holiday decor or display for any special occasion.

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Remember those elementary school crafts made with macaroni noodles, colorful pipe cleaners, and pom-poms? This is the grown-up twist on those inventive projects. Making your own pom-poms allows you to create custom garlands that you can string from a mantel, showcase above a bed, or hang off a table when it's party time. However, if you've ever made pom-poms before, you know that it can be tedious work. We've got the ultimate secret to making a handful of pom-poms all at once to save time. Check it out below.

Step 1: Wrap String

Wrapping red yarn around chair legs

To make a large batch of pom-poms quickly, flip a chair or a stool upside-down. Begin to unravel your skein of yarn and stretch one end of the yarn to a chair leg. While holding the end in place, begin wrapping the yarn around two leg posts. Eventually, the yarn will be strong enough to hold the starting string and you can let go. 

Continue wrapping until the bunch of yarn is about two inches thick. Cut off the last strand and tuck it in so it doesn't unravel. 

Step 2: Section Off Poms

Tying yarn accents

With the yarn still on the chair legs, tie 7-inch strands of string around the bunch of yarn. Each knot should be about three inches apart and should be tied as tightly as possible. Continue until the length of wrapped yarn is fully sectioned off. It should look like a string of bubbles. 

Shimmy the wrapped yarn off the legs of the chair and tie additional sections where the chair legs were, if needed. 

Step 3: Make Cuts

Cutting tied yarn bundle

Carefully cut each section in the middle of the tied strings. This will make your individual pom-poms. Once they're all cut, gently pull the strings towards the middle to fluff them out. 

Step 4: Trim

Trimming yarn balls

Use scissors to trim the pom-poms to size. We alternated our garland to have both large and small poms. The smaller you cut them, the more precise and clean they will look. Be sure to not cut the long strings hanging from their center tie -- you will need them in the next step. 

Step 5: String on Garland

Tying red yarn balls

Using the same material as the poms, cut a piece of yarn the length that you want your garland to be. Lay out each pom along the string to ensure even spacing. 

Use the long strings on each pom to tie the pom-poms to the yarn. Once tied, you can snip the long strings. Finish by draping your DIY pom-pom garland on your mantel or by hanging it from a garland. 

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