Who doesn’t like a pom~pom and heart Valentine garland? Surely, there is no one who doesn’t like pom~poms!
How about a do~it~yourself pom~pom and heart Valentine garland that is inspired by Pinterest?
With Valentine’s Day one month from today!!! I’m ready to share a ton of great projects that you can create for your home. I promise there will be 1, 2, or 3 that you will want to make.
Sounds like a great idea? Well, then, I hope that you’ll have a seat, and enjoy this first project, which is, of course, a pom~pom and heart Valentine garland.
Never made a pom~pom? No problem. I’m going to show you how. This pom-pom and heart Valentine garland is so cute and easy that you might make one for everyone you know.
Pinterest Inspired Pom~Pom and Heart Valentine Garland
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This pom-pom and heart garland was inspired by a project I saw on Pinterest. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I chose to make this Valentine’s garland for our mantel.
Our Valentine Garland Inspiration
I don’t know about you, but I love garlands and banners for decorations. I’ve made many over the years ~ I’ll share some ideas with you at the end of this post.
My Pinterest inspiration is from Jenny at Refresh Living.
Her pom~pom and heart Valentine garland really excited me. Why?
I love garlands ~ I already told you that.
I needed a new Valentine decoration for this year.
I already had white yarn that I bought on sale at Joann last summer. Just because.
I already had a pom~pom maker which I bought months ago but had not used yet. I couldn’t wait to try it out.
First, I went to Jenny’s post and read how she made her garland. I watched the video of how she made the Valentine’s hearts. You should too. It’s pretty cool. I wanted to use Jenny’s garland as inspiration, but not copy it.
Making My Pom~Pom and Heart Garland
I ordered the Clover Pom~Pom Maker on Amazon. I don’t know who invented this little gadget, but it’s really cool and very inexpensive. There are 2 sizes in this package. I used the smaller one which makes a 2 1/2~inch diameter pom~pom.
The directions on the back of the package aren’t very clear, so I went to YouTube and watched this video. Suddenly, using the pom~pom maker made perfect sense. It may take you a couple of pom~poms to get the hang of the motion, but then it’s a breeze.
I’m not going to give you a detailed step~by~step tutorial myself because the video already does that. I can tell you that making pom~poms is a great project to do while watching TV.
I can also tell you that wrapping your yarn as smoothly and thickly as possible around the curved plastic is desirable. You want to fill the curve thickly with yarn; this makes for a full pom~pom. You will wrap one side and close it, then wrap the other side and close it.
I did not use enough yarn on my first pom~pom and it was really skimpy and not full. Lesson learned. Fill up the curved plastic sides until the yarn is very thick.
I quickly discovered that my large sewing scissors were difficult to work with. For pom~pom making, you need a small, but very sharp pair of scissors with a point. These Fiskars scissors were perfect.
After you have wrapped both sides of the pom~pom maker, this is where the sharp and pointed scissors come in.
You place the point of the scissors in the groove of the curved plastic and start snipping the yarn all across to the other side.
These scissors are great for small spaces on fabric when you need a really sharp blade and a point. I have a feeling that I’m going to be using them a lot for crafts. Repeat on the other side.
TIP: DO NOT open the pom~pom maker!
I didn’t take a picture, but next you will cut a piece of yarn about 6 ~ 8 inches and wrap it around the entire pom~pom maker in the grooves, knot it, pull tight, and then knot it again. Now you can pull the pom~pom maker apart and voila! You have a pom~pom!!
I highly recommend that you watch the YouTube video. It will make perfect sense.
After you remove your pom~pom from the maker, you will want to shake it, fluff it up, roll it in your hands. You will probably have a few pieces that stick out: just use your scissors to trim them up a bit.
Reassemble the 2 sides of the pom~pom maker and repeat the process for your next pom~pom. I made 6 pom~poms for my Valentine garland.
NOTE: I read last week that there is a heart~shape pom~pom maker. I couldn’t resist so I ordered it. Can’t wait to try it out.
Making Red Felt Hearts
I bought 5 sheets of 9 X 12~inch red felt rectangles for $2.49 each a few weeks ago. I didn’t know how many I would need. As it turned out, I needed just 1 sheet to make 12 hearts ~ 2 for each heart. I have another project in mind for the red felt so it will not go to waste.
Fortunately, I had some thick paper red hearts to use as a pattern for my felt hearts. I used a fabric pencil to trace around the pattern and then cut out my hearts.
I needed 12 hearts for my project ~ to actually have 6 hearts.
Originally, I intended to use the same white yarn to sew 2 hearts together, but the yarn would not go through the felt. Instead, I used white embroidery thread which was perfect. Using a 1/4~inch stitch, I sewed around the heart, leaving about 2 inches open.
Next, I used batting, which I already had on hand, to stuff my felt hearts. You want to push your batting into the rounded parts of the heart. I held the felt together and finished stitching my hearts.
I love the puffed look of the hearts.
Now I was ready to assemble my pom~pom and heart Valentine garland. Jenny used jute twine to string her garland, but I knew that would not work for my felt hearts. Instead, I used the same yard as the pom~poms to string the 6 pom~poms and the 6 red hearts together alternating them.
Finally, where to hang my pom~pom and heart Valentine garland? The mantel, of course. Now the mantel is still decorated with winter decor, but for now, that is where the Valentine garland had to go.
Displaying the Pom~Pom and Heart Garland
After holding up the garland on the mantel for inspection and input from Sweet Shark, we both thought it would look better with the red hearts on each end. I just took off one of the pom~poms from the end of the garland. That looked much better.
Just for jun, I also hung the Valentine garland on the cabinet doors below our TV.
I’m in love with this sweet little pom~pom and heart Valentine garland project. I may become a pom~pom making fool. I’m not sure exactly where it will find a final home, but it will definitely be on display this Valentine’s Day.
I hope that you will PIN it for your future Valentine’s decorations.
Here’s the other Valentine Garland project that I promised.