How to make: a really easy pompom garland

March 20, 2016

Pom poms…on a garland… could there be anything more cheerful for children’s rooms? Following in the footsteps of my felt ball garland here’s some new wall decoration inspiration.

How to make a really easy colourful pom pom garland for children's rooms

Does anyone remember making pompoms as a child? You basically wind loads of stuff around two cardboard circles with holes cut in the middle – then snip it all around the edges, tie some string in the middle and then fluff.

The pompoms in this garland are exactly the same but are made from tulle ribbon instead of wool (I ordered it from a wedding supplier on eBay for around £3 total). I then tied the pompoms at similar intervals them on to string we had lying around from a birthday present, and hey presto – garland.

I’ve said before when I made E’s play tent about how my GCSE Textiles skills are very dusty, but this was really simple – albeit slightly fiddly – but no sewing involved. Probably don’t attempt it when two children are around though if you want an easy life.

How to make a really easy pom pom garland

Pom pom garland and children's colourful bookshelf

The idea came from children’s craft book Pirates and Pompoms by Stella Bee and Jemima Bell I was sent to review, which is a  book of crafty ideas for children’s toys and costumes.

There are three main themes – pirates, circus and woodland animals – with ideas for making everything from dressing up clothes – such as a pretty spectacular felt pirate moustache and beard – to fancy dress clothes, toys and room decorations. There’s even a pretty brilliant furry animal tail. And nothing is too tricky either, especially for the uncrafty among us.

Pirates and pom poms book

Pirates and Pompoms has lots of unusual, different and really whimsical ideas; it also looks great and has given me so many ideas for making things for the girl’s new rooms. It’s very Pinteresty, of course  (make sure you follow me on Pinterest here).

And what’s also a massive positive is that the book is gloriously ungendered, with both boy and girl models throughout and absolutely no boys or girls crafts. Lovely stuff.

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9 Comments

  • Candy Pop

    March 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Beautiful garland and the book sounds great too. x

  • Polly

    March 22, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    ah these look great – might make some fo the kiddos rooms 🙂

  • Lottie :: Oyster & Pearl

    March 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Lush! I really have a thing for poms and these are the best!

  • Alice

    March 22, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    OMG, you had me at no sewing. A craft I might actually be able to do! Elfie will love this xx

  • Alison Perry

    March 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Oh wow, it totally didn’t occur to me that you can make pom poms with stuff other than wool. But of course you can! These look brilliant.

  • Kathryn

    March 23, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Adorable and a really do-able craft! That book looks nice!

    1. gillian

      March 23, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      It’s such a sweet book! And most of the ideas look really easy x

  • Katie @Mummydaddyme

    March 23, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    That book looks really cute and I love the Garland. I am the least crafty person ever, but I think even I could give this a go. x

  • fritha

    March 25, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    I also had no idea you could make pom pom’s with anything but wool?! How has it taken me 30 years to learn this?! x

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