Floating Pompom Garland

I'm joining up again with the fabulous Bugs and Fishes for some Christmas crafting. This time its again, something simple for any level of ability, even the kids, with this lovely floating pompom garland.

This garland is a lovely make, and it was so nice to spend a week of evenings in front of the TV making the pompoms. I think it would also be a lovely one to do with kids - indeed my big kid Mr O picked up the "how to" really quickly and had some fun helping me out.

I made the pompoms with the help of a set of pompom makers. Add to those a ball each of white and red wool, and a pair of scissors,  and that's all you need to make pompoms.

The method is easy. Wrap each "arm" of the pompom maker, one at a time, with wool until it is covered. Pop the arms back in, and cut along the groove in the arms, exposing the middle of the wool bundle. Tie the middle tightly, open the arms again, and gently pull apart the pompom maker. Voila! A pompom.

I made 3 different sizes of pompom for this project - the smallest, a 3.5cm, and then the 6.5cm and the 8.5cm. This was to get the most visible difference between the sizes. I made 4 big, 8 medium and the rest as small, half red and half white. As I said before, I made them in the evening while watching the tv and relaxing. This project is perfect for that kind of work as the pompom maker makes it much simpler than it looks.

Once you have all your pompoms, lay them out until you are happy with the arrangement. Think about where it will hang when you do. Once you are happy it is time to make them float!

I wanted to be able to move the pompoms along the invisible thread, but didn't want them to slip from where I placed them. I've found the best way to do this is sew them on in an "s" shape, as shown in the diagram below.

This way they can be me moved but don't slip. I do recommenced checking each one can be moved before sewing the next - sometimes if the "s" is too close it won't do.  I kept the thread on the spool as I went, moving the pompoms along every now and again. It kept me from having too much thread and it getting tangled, and also helped me be sure they could all move before I announced "done". To keep the gap between even, I used the width of my four fingers. Using that measurement it was easy to keep it even and not fuss with rulers or anything, Again, think about where you are going to hang it and chose your own width of gap.

Once you have finished sewing on all the pompoms tie off the ends, making a loop to make hanging it easier. That's it. Simple as.

If you make one yourself please pop a link in the comments. I'd love to see it.  Don't forget to check out the other Christmas Craft Link Up posts too!!


  1. I love this! I went through a pom pom making frenzy over the summer, I hadn't thought of using invisible thread.

    1. Pompom making does become addictive, we were both a little "meh" when we realised we were out of wool and couldnt make more.

      Do tag me or comment with a link if you make one, I'd love to see it!

  2. I love pom poms! This is a simple yet clever idea, thanks for sharing! :-)

  3. This is lovely - I've been wondering a lot about whether Pom Pom makers are worth it but now I finally get how they work I think I need some in my life! X