Pom pom oranges and pom pom pumpkins look very similar to each other. Right?
That is exactly how this garland originally started out. I crafted it over two years ago for small orange-shaped pom poms for a baby shower with the theme “Sweet Little Cutie”.
Now, I have transformed these fluffy pom poms into pumpkins for a quick and easy pom pom garland project.
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It is always a great idea to reuse craft projects for something new in my opinion.
I actually used that first line in another post last year when I remade two of these orange pom poms for a painted wood-beaded garland project. Too funny. But still very true.
After the baby shower, I had no idea what to do with the 40 or more bright orange pom poms I had created using my pom pom makers.
They may not be hard to make, but you just don’t spend time making something and just throw it in the trash and call it done.
Instead, I took the original pom pom garland apart and stored the bright balls of yarn in a bag in my craft room with the idea of remaking them as pumpkins for a garland someday.
Like a lot of my crafting plans and supplies, they just sit around waiting for me to finally get to them.
As I continue my efforts this year to really clean out and finish old crafting project plans, I have finally remade those pom poms into pumpkins for the Fall crafting season.
I made all of these pom poms, and several others for a wreath, using a Clover Pom Pom Maker.
Learning to use the pom pom makers is actually very simple and easy and really does cut down on the time to make lots of pom poms needed for a wreath or garland or whatever project you are making.
I know there are other ways to make pom-poms without special tools. But using a Clover Pom Pom Maker just makes it so much easier to create perfect pom poms for any type of craft project, not just for garland.
There are also so many options online to purchase more compact pom poms. Still, a DIY pom pom garland tutorial is so easy to follow and make one yourself for less money.
If you are using the Clover Pom Pom makers, follow the instructions provided in the package.
Step One: Wrap yarn around one side of the pom pom maker from the hinge to the open end.
Step Two: Once at the end of the first side, close that side, and open up the next side of the maker to continue to cover the full circle of the maker.
Step Three: Close both sides and use a small set of scissors to cut the end of your yarn.
Step Four: Insert the scissors between the two sides of the maker and cut the yarn all the way around each side.
Step Five: Cut a small length of yarn and slide it around the center of the pom pom between the sides of the maker. Then pull it tight and tie it off in a knot around the yarn in a double knot.
Step Six: Then you just pull the two sides of the maker apart and you have made your first large pom pom. Fluff it and cut it to shape the pom pom.
If you are a visual person, the original post for the pom pom wreath has all of the pictures you need to repeat these steps.
My set of Clover Pom Pom Makers has four different sizes and all of these bright orange fluffy balls were made using the 1 3/4 inch maker.
With the available four sizes, I can make anything from cute little pom poms to impressively large pom poms.
I have also found that the best skein of yarn to use for a fluffy pom-pom is 100% acrylic yarn. Thick yarn definitely works the best, especially for yarn garland.
Finally, I cut small pieces of dark green felt in the shape of a leaf and hot glued one or two to the top of each pom pom. The orange fluff balls now resembled clementines for the baby shower.
Transforming these pom pom clementines into pumpkins just required a short walk through my backyard to pick up some small twigs.
Since each little pom pom already had a green felt leaf glued on, they just needed a stem to make them look like pumpkins. A dap of hot glue took care of that easy task of adding in twig stems.
There were enough pom pom pumpkins to make three strands of garland. The length of the garland for each one was cut at six feet with a little extra to tie two loops at the end for hanging.
Using a wooden yardstick, I cut the lengths of twine for six and a half feet, tied a knot on one end, and tied on a pom pom pumpkin every six inches, finishing the garland with a knot at the next end.
I was lucky with this pom-pom project in that I had already made all of these pom poms long ago.
Even if I hadn’t, this easy pom pom pumpkin garland project shouldn’t take more than an afternoon to make, hang, and enjoy.
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I realized that this is a very simple pom pom project. All pom pom crafts are.
Especially pom pom wreaths.
And they are just cute!
The takeaway for me is to keep making each small project in my craft room stash to get ready for the holiday season.
1 Samuel 2:2 “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”