November 28, 2011

Deck the Halls: 4 Ways to Pom-Pom your Holiday!

Today's Deck the Halls post is all about pom-poms! Fun!

Over the last few years, pom-poms have become a holiday staple. Each year I see more innovative ways to use pom poms as gifts, accessories, and gift wrappings.

Today I want to share 4 ways you can incorporate pom-poms into your holiday! They're all pretty easy, so feel free to go grab a little helper!

Part 1:
Make Pom-Poms
  • Use pom-pom makers to make whatever shapes and sizes of pom-poms you like. (Don't have pom-pom makers or don't know how to use them? Go here for a quick tutorial!)
  • be sure to leave about a 5inch tail of yarn for each pom pom.
Now, let's turn them into something pretty!

  • Make an array of pom-poms in whatever shapes and sizes you like best. I chose to make my pom-poms in traditional holiday colors: burgandy, green, and cream.
  • Collect a few spare findings-- hair barretts and 1 inch nickle pins
Pom-Pom Gift Wrap
Need to add a little cuteness to your wrapped gift?

Step 1:
Wrap your gift with your desired material.
  • Take a long strand of yarn (to match the pom-pom or not) and fold it in half.
  • Use the doubled-stand to wrap around your package.
  • Continue to tie off the yarn as if you were tying a bow, but tie a regular square knot to secure the yarn.

Step 2:
  • Use one of the extended strands of your pom-pom to go under the yarn on the package.
  • Tie a square knot tightly (as if you were tying your shoes) and slide your pom-pom in place.

Step 3:
  • Place your pretty package under the tree!

Pom Pom Statement Hair Piece
(This is my favorite! I can't wait to wear mine to a holiday party in a few weeks!)

For this project, you will need a small or medium sized barrette and  3 small pom poms (or enough to cover the barrette)

Step 1:
  • Open the barrette and feed one of the pom-pom's yarns through the hole on the right side.
  • Once you have it positioned closely to the barrette, tie two square knots to secure it in place.
  • Cut the strands of yarn remaining off, only leaving enough to hold the knot.
Step 2:
  • Follow the same instructions for the middle pom-pom, but instead of sliding the yarn through the hole, you are going to slide it through the middle barrette portion.

Step 3:
Follow the same instructions for the last pom-pom, but instead, slide the yarn through the last hole on the end.


Pom-Pom Brooch

Maybe you're not into statement pieces, but the idea of pom-poming your outfit is appealing. You can pom pom on a smaller scale by making one of these super-easy brooches!

You only need 1 pom-pom and 1 pin.

Step 1: 
Feed one stand of yarn through each of the outer holes in the pin.

Step 2:
Slide the pin so it snugly fits against the pom-pom.
Tie square knots to secure the pom pom and pin together.
Cut the extra length of yarn off.
(*NOTE* You could always place a dab of hot glue to secure this even more)

Step 3:
Pin this brooch to your favorite sweater, cardigan, or bag. You could even clip this onto your gift packaging as well!

Simple Pom-Pom Ornament
So you have all those pom-poms left over and no where to put them? Not a problem.

Step 1:
  • Take your left over pom pom. Hold the two strands of yarn apart.
  • Begin tying a square knot with about 2 inches of yarn between the knot and the pom-pom.
  • Tie another square knot to secure it.
  • Cutt off remaining yarn strands.
Step 2:
Hang your new ornament from your tree!

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