Stefanie Fail makes her jewelry and crafts in Brooklyn. When she’s not playing dress-up in her creations, she’s working on her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and making the world more user-friendly. Read her blog and find her creations at A common thread.
This is a tutorial for a pom pom garland, great for adding a little DIY decor for a party, kid’s room, or just to add a bit of color around the house. This is a great project for kids or adults, and an excellent way of using up those bits of leftover yarn. I really love a mix of different colors and yarn types — fuzzy, plain, fat, skinny, metallic and bright.
- Scraps and leftover balls of yarn.
- Cotton thread yarn (or string or baker’s twine)
- 2″ x 3″ piece of cardboard (or any length you’d like. The length = the diameter of your pom pom; width doesn’t matter)
- Yarn needle
1. Fold your cardboard in half and wrap your yarn lengthwise. You’ll want to wrap it until it’s nice a think. The number of wraps depends on the thickness of your yarn but about 100-200 wraps should do it. Cut your yarn.
2. Cut about a 6″ piece of yarn and thread it through the middle of the cardboard. You can use your yarn needle to make this a bit easier. Bring the piece of yarn up to where the slit in the cardboard is and tie a tight knot around the bundle of yarn.
3. On the opposite end of your knot, cut through the bundle of yarn.
4. Fluff and trim your little puff. And repeat for each of your pom poms. I like when the pom poms are a bit different, so experiment with different cardboard sizes to get different sized pom poms.
6. Thread your yarn needle with the cotton thread, and string it through each of your pom poms.
Hang your garland and enjoy!