an oldie but goodie ... back to school pom pom garland ♥

i've gotten a bunch of questions about this apple pompom garland
mainly about where it is on the blog ... well it's here... again :)
just in time for the back to school hustle bustle that will fill our days & weeks ahead
i posted this last year, and still love this project ... 
i have ideas to change it up to suit other seasons as well 
enjoy! ... again!

a few things you need ...

pom pom makers are the funnest (not a word i know) things to have
oh i know you don't need them to make pom poms 
but they make it a little easier :)
the medium size was used for these pom poms
they're made by Clover and we got ours at Joanns and i've seen them at Walmart too
they have a few different sizes, one of them is huge
and would make an apple pom pom the size of ... well ... an apple :)
there's even a heart shaped pom pom maker! can you imagine??
(not 'cause i like hearts or anything)

since the instructions on the back of the package are basic
i thought i'd give you a few pictures of the process

first wind the yarn of your choice around both sections of the pom pom device :)
don't worry about the ends, they will blend in when you trim at the end

close both ends together and then cut with sharp pointed scissors 
through the thickness of the yarn

take a separate piece of yarn and wrap it around the groove that is now exposed
loop the ends through each other a few times to make sure the pom pom doesn't get loose

open both ends and open up the pom pom maker
pom poms! make lots now :)

they will need some trimming to give them a round shape
don't worry, it's hard to mess this up 
(unless you're blind folded :)

all done ... fun! now let's make garland

to make the stems use wire snips to cut the pencils
(you can still use the bottom of the pencils
you just can't make any mistakes when you write with them :)

cut some leaves out of green felt
hot glue the pencil tops & the leaves inside the pom pom 
pressing the yarn around it to hide the base

to string them, i used jute that was a more on the stiff side 
(from the jewlery section at the craft store)
just so the apples wouldn't be top heavy and slouch over

hot glue the jute onto the backside of the pencil more towards the base
you want the apple to hang from the pencil not the pom pom

you can cut strips of felt or material to tie between the apples
these polka dot scraps were leftover from the pony houses i made here :)

hang it somewhere and enjoy the cuteness ♥

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  1. It makes me wish I was a teacher and could decorate a classroom with this...super cute!


  2. Jaime- That is so cute! I just love it. I have never seen a pom-pom maker but I am going to look for one for the kids. I always just used a cardboard piece to wrap around. xo Diana

  3. So cute! I adore these little apples! :) Happy Friday sweet friend! xo Holly

  4. You already know how I feel about this :) Warm and fuzzy all over! XO

  5. Im a Preschool teacher and this just screams "Teacher Whitney". I have a work week next week and I'll be darned if I can't get this done! Thanks for the lovely tutorial. You're the best, Jaime!

  6. You know I love this craft! (Popping in to say how cute your baby slippers are on Instagram...wish I knew what I was having right this second !!!)

  7. Very cute! Love me a good POM POM craft!! xoxo

  8. As cute and inspiring as always! I've been out a couple of weeks and now I'm so happy to come back and have a few updates to get inspired!! :)

    Hugs from Spain!!

    Btw I have an international contest going on, you could win a pair of kid's shoes (by a Spanish brand) and a handmade bag to keep their shoes when travelling (designed and sown by myself!) I leave the link in here in case you want to participate! :)

  9. OH my goodness, that is so cute! I'm not sure I'd ever find the time to try this, but it is seriously adorable. (I do love pom poms!)

    Thanks for sharing!

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