This past weekend I worked on a fun little project, a Pom Pom & Faux Lamb’s Ear winter garland. I’m excited to show you because I think you will really like it and it’s easy!
But before I go into the details of how to make this garland can I tell you how challenging my family room fireplace is to decorate? My mantle is not ugly it’s just really shallow so not much fits on it. And as a bonus challenge we have a monster sized tv that hangs above. Anyone else have this challenge? The good news is garlands are perfect for issues like ours so let’s make a winter garland!
Winter Garland Supplies
White Chunky Yarn
Faux Lambs Ear
Needle & Thread or Fishing Line
Fine Craft Wire
Removable Adhesive Hooks
Glittered Pine Cones (optional)
Battery Operated Small Light String (optional)
Winter Garland Construction
The main ingredient is chunky white yarn. I needed two but to be honest Ray the wonder mutt helped in that because he ran off with several pom poms. He’s quite the little decorator. Thanks for your help Ray.
Any hooo, for starters, I attached 7 small removable adhesive hooks to my mantle. (The brand I use and love are the 3m Command hooks) I measured the width of the mantle and evenly spaced 5 hooks on the front, 1 on each end and 3 in the middle. I also placed 1 on each end in the back. You can see in the picture below. I then draped my yarn making small and wide loops.
How to make Pom Poms
Next I made my pom poms. Pom poms are easy to do with the chunky yarn because it doesn’t take much yarn to make them full and fluffy. I start by placing a short string between my fingers. The string will be used to tie it off. I then wrapped the chunky yarn around my fingers a few times and secure it with the string. Next I cut the tail and cut my loops. Lastly I gave my little ball a hair cut to shape it up and its done!
I used fishing line instead of thread I used fishing line to sew the pom poms together to make a chain. I made two smaller chains instead of one big one because it was easier to work with that way.
Adding Faux Lambs Ear
Now that the pom poms are up, I added this faux lambs ear that I purchased from a craft store. Mine came as one attached bundle so I cut it into several stems. I laid out my stems and used craft wire to attach them together as a chain on lambs ear. I added a few more hooks to my mantle and wired the faux lambs ear to hooks.
The pinecones on the mantle were created by spray painting plain pinecones white and adding glitter snow to them. I painted the pinecones with white glue. (I use Elmer’s school glue because it works and it’s cheap) Then I sprinkle on the glitter or roll the pinecone in a bowl of glitter. I like to use the glittery snow flakes in a bag that is sold at Christmas time because its way cheaper than glitter. I’ve used glitter but it takes a lot so it can get pricey.
The last thing I did was to add a battery operated light string.
And that’s it! It is easier than it may have sounded, I promise.