Sparkly Pom-Poms

Living on the east coast during the holiday season definitely has its benefits. While I can’t head to the beach on a whim after class, we in Boston get to sport cute Zara jackets and fun mittens, wake up to a perfect (almost) layer of snow on the ground, visit famous store windows, and have a realistic need for warm drinks like mulled wine and hot coco. Sure, I did all of these things back in LA but it’s so much more special when you need to bundle up otherwise you won’t feel your toes anymore.

One of my favorite parts about the holidays is decorating. Here is my DIY guide to making yarn pom-pom decorations inspired by the current decor in Free People locations.

1505032_10201149785720900_914882486_n

What you’ll need:

– Yarn of any color (I chose white with sparkles)

– Scissors

1451571_10201149785920905_1819232000_n

*This spool yielded about 20 pom-poms

1463241_10201149786880929_917523602_n

1. Start by cutting a 12″ piece of yarn and put it aside; this will be used to tie the pom-pom at the end.

 1451526_10201149786240913_1433102908_n

2. Take the end still connected to the spool of yarn and start wrapping it tightly around 4 of your fingers; if you want a smaller pom-pom, go for 3 or 2 fingers.

1466103_10201149786040908_1424241105_n

3. Continue to wrap around and around.

1466284_10201149786600922_456762464_n

4. And around, until the layers get quite thick; the more layers you put, the thicker/larger your pom-pom will be.

1467212_10201149787040933_975375230_n

5. Once you have wrapped the yarn to your liking, cut it from the spool; then, taking the 12″ piece, feed it under the layers and tie a knot in the center of it (see above).

1499630_10201149787360941_1043081249_n

6. Once you have one side knotted, feed the pieces of yarn through your index and middle finger so that it goes to the other side of your hand; using the other part of the yarn used for the initial knot, make a second knot here. In the end, you’ll want to have one knot on either side of your hand, in the center of the layered yarn.

1451596_10201149787640948_1283138910_n

7. Remove the yarn from your fingers. Your end result should look like a bow with 2 longer strings of yarn from the knot (see above). To ensure the structure before cutting, I recommend making one more knot on each side, still using that piece of yarn.

 1464051_10201149787800952_191848140_n

8. Take your scissors and put the blade through one of the loops of the “bow.” Cut all the way through, making sure that the knot does not get cut.

1476397_10201149788000957_712987442_n

9. Do the same to the other side of the “bow” and trim the pom-pom if any of the yarn pieces seem to be different lengths.

1452564_10201149785040883_1437983749_n

10. You can attach a longer piece of yarn to the pom-pom to making hanging decorations (pictured above) or tie it to a gift as a cute wrapping addition (pictured below).

    1466215_10201152662832826_602763736_n

Happy decorating!

xx

@zoegillespie

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Sparkly Pom-Poms

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s