DIY: Pom Pom Garland

November 30, 2012

Created by Jane from See Jane Blog. Edited by Amy Christie.

The holiday madness is upon us. Are you ready? This year I decorated the house with a mix of textures: sparkle and shine along with cozy and natural. For the cozy and natural, I whipped up a pom pom garland using the same pom poms in these adorable bookmarks.

While browsing the yarn section at the craft store I fell in love with this tan/grey/earthy mix. It just screamed ‘use me!’ and I couldn’t resist. This has been the perfect compliment to the other items I’m using to decorate. So, if you have a fireplace (or wish you did!), choose some yarn, get cozy by the fire, and enjoy this simple craft.

Let’s begin.

You will need:


Let’s make the pom poms first, eight of them. Start by holding the end of the yarn in your hand. For this size of yarn ball, wrap the yarn around all four fingers.  I suggest you wrap the yarn at least 90 times though you could do as many as 120 wraps or more for this larger pom pom size.

Slide the yarn off your fingers, and place it over a strip of yarn cut 8 inches long.

Tie the string of yarn around the mound, and into a knot.

Next, slide the scissors through the yarn, and snip all the loops of yarn, all the way around and ta-da! A messy yarn ball. It needs a haircut, so start snipping the ball into a nice round shape.

After the haircut, your yarn balls should look like this.

Next, to create the garland, measure 94″ length of yarn. From the beginning of the yarn,  measure 12″ and leave this for the end.

It’s at this spot where you also tie on your first yarn ball. Simply tie the yarn around the yarn ball in this spot, and into a knot.

After the first yarn ball, measure and tie–on another yarn ball every ten inches. Repeat until all eight yarn balls have been tied on. There should be 12 inches for a tail at the end.

Then hang and enjoy! Have a cozy holiday season, friends!

P.S. — This garland would be adorable in bright colors too.

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1 Grace@ Sense and Simplicity November 30, 2012 at 10:36 am

Those are adorable. I haven’t made pompoms in years, but I just might have to break out the wool to give one of these garlands a try.


2 Jen November 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

I saw a similar one in the Anthropologie store and am making my own already! Very cute project.


3 Christina November 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

You’re reading my mind … I just got the yarn out to make some pom poms … guess I’ll be making some more now.


4 Cortnie November 30, 2012 at 11:35 am

Seriously so cute!! I can’t wait to make some!!! And thank you for making a tutorial that is simple! Love! And btw I think yours is cuter than the Anthro one! Just sayin!


5 Jane Rhodes November 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm

thank you, you are so sweet! xo.


6 Jenni Bailey November 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

This is awesome! We aren’t planning to unpack all of our Christmas decorations this year since we are moving into our new house either right before or right after the holidays but we still have to put up a tree for the girls so I’m planning to doll it up with some easy crafts (which would serve the double purpose of keeping all of our hands busy with something other than remodeling projects). This garland is definitely on the list!


7 Tina from A Few Pretty Things November 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Adorable! I could put poms poms everywhere, curtains, pillows, lamps if I was not afraid of being ridiculous.


8 Lauren @MomHomeGuide November 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Love your pom pom balls! I will have to try this craft — it’s so simple and sweet.


9 engquist@see what i sea designs November 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm

This is wonderful! I have a sparse little tree this year that has been needin’ some lovin’. The bulk of pom poms would give the tree the extra oomph I have been searching for. Thank you so much!


10 Danielle December 1, 2012 at 7:19 am

I love pom-poms! Soo cute and fun! Any ideas on the source of the glittery-red ball garland??


11 Jane Rhodes December 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

hey Danielle – I found the glittery-red-ball garland at Target last year, maybe they will have something similar this year?!?


12 Daphne@The Wondersweets December 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

wow. That’s a nice Christmas project. Love that colors combination!


13 Katy@TheOpenDoor December 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Very cute! I made your yarn ball bookmarks and had so much fun. I’ll definitely copy this one, too! I love these simple crafts!


14 Sally from Little Hiccups December 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Love this! I was going to make garlands with felt balls but now I think I’m going to have to go with pom poms instead! My five year old daughter will love helping to make the pom poms :)


15 Mickisha December 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

Do you recommend a certain type/quality of yarn to do these? My first attempt does not look quite as fabulous as yours! Does it need a better haircut or better yarn to get that fluffy round shape?


16 Jane Rhodes December 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm

hey Mickisha, it takes a little practice. I use every type of yarn – the type should not matter. Try wrapping the yarn around your fingers MORE times, and make the haircut a bit tighter. eventually, you’ll get it! happy crafting!


17 Sara December 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Thank you for this! I’m going to make these for a baby shower I am hosting this weekend, and I am hoping the mom-t0-be will reuse them for the baby’s nursery! So cute!


18 ali lanenga December 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm

i made this garland and used it to dress up our wall hanging christmas tree this year. if you care to see a quick snap of it go here…
thanks so much for sharing this, it’s made our home extra festive and fun this christmas season!


19 Simple Knitting Patterns with Biggan Design August 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I am a house wife and I often like to knit the wool in free time. Now, I will design a new sweater for my husband after visiting here.


20 Mom Favorites December 13, 2013 at 5:51 am

Adorable! I don’t have the skills to pull this off, but I’d buy it! ;)


21 Christi January 1, 2014 at 11:40 am

Love, love, love the pom poms! Interestingly, you used the same yarn that I have had sitting in a bag for two years with the intention of crocheting a blanket… I think maybe I can manage using it for the pom poms! Yay!
Would love to know where you got the white felt ball garland, or how you made it, as well. That is decor that’ll carry me through the whole winter, not just Christmas! Thanks so much for sharing and Happy New Year! : )


22 Kori May 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm

This was the best tutorial for yarn balls EVER! I used all the extra yarn left from other projects and twine from Anthropologie I’d been hoarding for the perfect project. Since I used lots of colors I left them up long after Christmas and even brought them back out for my sister’s bridal shower! Here are some pics of how they turned out:

Thanks again!


23 Miriam December 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

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Your website provided us with helpful information to work on. You’ve performed an impressive task and our
whole neighborhood can be thankful to you.


24 TutoTod December 15, 2015 at 3:55 am

Perfection in simplicity – love the fact that the list of stuff you need consists of only 2 things, unlike with many other crafts! Really, it takes so little to make something so great!

Plus, always love the 2D/3D play on the blackboard – stresses the creativity even more. <3


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