DIY: Colorful Felt Pompom Garland

Felt_POMPOM_howto

Just when we thought spring weather was here to stay winter crept in showing its face again and blanketing the Colorado landscape with over a foot of snow! Heaven knows we need the moisture with water rationing being predicted for the coming summer months, but my energy spiraled while those little flakes came down. The landscape has been so drab that I needed a little color pick-me-up to get through the next week or so while spring gets back on track. I have had a jar of hand-felted pompoms on my studio shelf for ages, trying to think of something to do with them. Actually they are really wonderful to look at just living in their little glass jar, but I wanted to set them free, so my eight year old son Nicolai and I decided to create a simple garland with them and I am happy to report my mood has much improved.

Project materials:

  • Felt pompoms– many shapes, sizes, and colors….you really can’t go wrong.
  • Waxed linen thread in a bright color. WHY waxed linen? The pompoms stay in place without having to tie knots!
  • Needle- any size will do as long as you can get the thread through the eye
  • 8 year old kid to do the manual labor
  • Optional pliers to pull needle through because it will occasionally get stuck

How-to

  • Knot one end of the thread. We left a small loop so we could attach it to a push-pin.
  • Thread needle to other end of thread
  • String pompoms onto thread using needle and space at different intervals, varying color, size, etc.
  • Hang in a location that will make you happy!

When you are ready to up-cycle your pompom garland here are some other creative uses:

  • Embellishments for sewing, knitting, and crochet projects
  • Pajaki decoration (more on pajakis coming soon!)
  • Felted jewelry
  • Kids’s crafts
  • Ornaments
  • Wreaths
  • Add to handmade paper flowers
  • Embellish hair accessories
  • When in doubt- store in glass jar until a creative use emerges!