Monday, May 19, 2014

Easy Party Decorations: Giant Pom Pom Garland

Garlands are my favourite thing to make for parties because:
  • They are high-impact (they take up a lot of visual space)
  • They are easy (just tie ANYTHING on a string!)

Pom poms are SUPER easy to make, but if you are making a million little ones to fill a garland, it will be time-consuming. Solution: GIANT pom poms!

Easy Party Decorations: Giant Pom Pom Garland

This takes 5 - 10 minutes, for reals. Here's how:

1) Buy some yarn. This was the cheapest yarn I could find. Short, fat balls of yarn will give you the poofiest pom poms.

2) Cut a long piece of yarn from your ball.

3) Tie the long piece around the middle of the ball of yarn. I wrapped it around and tied it again on the back - you want it as tight as possible. You should get something that looks like a snowman.

Easy Party Decorations: Giant Pom Pom Garland


4) Grab some scissors and cut through all the loops of yarn on the snowman's head.

Easy Party Decorations: Giant Pom Pom Garland


You want only straight pieces of yarn, and no loops. Now you have an octopus with a million legs.


Easy Party Decorations: Giant Pom Pom Garland


5) Flip the octopus over and cut all the loops on the bottom.

6) Grab the ends of your long string. You should now have something that looks like this:

Easy Party Decorations: Giant Pom Pom Garland


7) Trim ALL the yarn. The shorter you cut it, the poofier your pom pom will be. Turn the pom pom around, and keep cutting all the extra bits to create a sphere. Stop when you have enough trimmed yarn pieces to make a medium-sized tribble. I saved these extra bits for kids' crafts.

Easy Party Decorations: Giant Pom Pom Garland


8) After you've formed all your pom poms, tie them onto a long piece of ribbon.

Easy Party Decorations: Giant Pom Pom Garland


9) Feel good about yourself for completing a project.

Easy Party Decorations: Giant Pom Pom Garland

Easy Party Decorations: Giant Pom Pom Garland



Want more super-easy party decorations? Check out my pipecleaner garland or my post on easy paper decorations!

You can also follow me on Pinterest - I ONLY pin things that look easy, I promise.




32 comments :

  1. This is genius!!! My little guys party is this week, I might just make one, looks super fun!

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  2. That is perfect! I had envisioned wrapping yarn forever to make those pom poms, like I used to do as a kid. Tying the yard around the middle and cutting? Genius!

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  3. These look fantastic. Love the bright colors!

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  4. Love it, when I was young I wanted to be a cheerleader to play with those huge pom poms - these come pretty close!

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  5. OMG, this is SO SMART!!!! I totally love this. Pinning and definitely doing this at some point in the future. Thanks!

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  6. Oh my goodness! I love this so much! It is so fun! And I love that you just made the pom pom straight from the ball. Pinning this for sure. Would you please come by and share this with us at The Makers link party over on my blog, persialou.com?

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    1. Sure thing, thanks Alexis! PS - I love your blog header!!

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  7. Very nice. Great idea I could use for repurposing some yarn left overs.
    mamaandthecity.com

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  8. Oh my gosh! I didn't realize they were so easy to create! So super simple! Thanks for sharing and for joining the Fabulously Frugal Thursday Linky Party!

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  9. Oh, you are a genius! I'm sharing this with the GS leaders in my service unit. We like to do a rainbow theme when the girls bridge from one level to another.

    Thank you for linking up your pom poms (& kitties) at Fabulously Frugal Thursday!

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  10. Wow! Those are just adorable! I think I'll need to grab some yarn during the next yarn sale I see! Too adorable!

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  11. Love this! So colourful and looks somewhat easy!

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  12. Those are adorable! I love the colors that you picked and the chair underneath them is so cute too!

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  13. Pinning this one! So cute! Thanks for sharing

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  14. What a great idea:)Thanks for sharing,I love it!!!

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  15. I learn something new every day! I never in a million years would have thought to make a pompom this way! Thanks for sharing - FUN!!! :-)

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  16. Great idea! Love how quick and easy it is.
    I would love for you to share this at my T.G.I.F. Linky Party @ MamasBlogCentral.com :) Have a great week!!

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  17. Love love love it...pinning, doing, following, you get the picture :) THANK YOU

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  18. This is really genius! I was wondering how pom pom making could possibly only take 5 minutes with all of that wrapping... SHE USES THE WHOLE BALL!! Blowing my mind today, Katie. Blowing my mind.

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  19. Thank you so much for sharing such an easy, fun and unique idea! I made one this evening to hang above the crib in my soon-to-be second baby's nursery. It's he perfect pop of fun to the room!

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    1. OMG, that's the best comment ever. It's making me tear up a little. That's so awesome!!! I would love it if you could send me a pic!

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  20. How did you tie them to the ribbon? I tied mine and they all shifted to the center. Also, what did you hang the ribbon on the wall? I'm afraid mine will flop.

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    1. I just took two of the pieces of yarn and tied them really tight around the ribbon. The ribbon I used was the kind that's got bumpy lines - it's not totally smooth. That might have helped. But I think if you tie them tightly enough, they should stay put!

      To hang it, I used adhesive hooks (the Command Strip kind), because they come off the wall nicely.

      If you still have trouble, feel free to email me: bestbirthdaysblog@gmail.com. I want it to work for you!

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  21. Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing your fabulous tutorial.
    Making this soon! ツ

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