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Friday, August 24, 2012

pom pom apple garland ... ♥

here's a cute project to make during these back to school days ♥
it's simple ... come on, let's make stuff :)

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 ♥

happy weekend & much love 

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  1. Super cute! I'm thinking that I could do the same, except as pumpkins! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. that's so funny that you mention pumpkins! i started making a pumpkin pom pom garland for another project and i was trying to come up with something different for the stem...when i thought pencil! my attention was diverted to making the apples (heehee) thanks for the visit!
      back to the pumpkins! ♥ much love

  2. Cutest garland EVER!!! The pencil stems are the best.

    1. thank you... it's so fun!
      thanks for stopping by :)
      ♥ much love

  3. Absolutely adorable! The most original garland I have seen in a long while.

  4. Jaime this is toooooo cute!!! Pinning!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Linky party is open!

  5. CUTE!!! Love this! I am a pom pom addict and make them for all occasions :) I tried out the heart shaped one for V-Day last year but it was actually pretty difficult to get the right shape. Ah well, still adorable :)

    1. really? oh bummer...i was looking at it thinkin' a heart pom pom was too good to be true :):) ♥ much love

  6. Love it! I really need to get a pom pom maker for my grand girls!! ♥

    1. my girls love them :) and after a bit of practice, they're super easy...thanks for the visit! ♥ much love Holly!

  7. Super cute idea! Love the pencil stem! :)

  8. This is so, so cute! I'm decorating a window for my friends cafe and think this will be a perfect touch. I received my order from you and am blown away by it. I love it all! I have blogged about it today. Thank you for blessing me!

  9. How cute is that!? Just right for back to school. :) I'm visiting from Tatertots & Jello, and I would love for you to share this at my party, going on now:

  10. Hi Jaime!
    I love love love your blog and the cute things you make! Just had to follow.
    Have a great day :).
    Maria in Sweden

  11. This is such a sweet idea!! Thanks for sharing! xo Heather

  12. How super adorable!!! I love this!

    1. Kelsey! thank you... it was super fun to make :)
      ♥ thanks for the visit

  13. These are so stinkin' cute! Thanks so much for stopping by Posed Perfection today and leaving me a sweet comment about the Chipper Chicken Soup. I'm glad you got a laugh from it. I do love that movie. I am your newest follower. I hope you'll be back to visit your "kindred spirit" soon and maybe even follow me back. Have a delightful Sunday!

  14. This is beyond adorable! The addition of the pencils is just beyond clever. Well done!

  15. I'm so glad that I'm following you! What a unique idea...immediately caught my eye on the tt&j link party. Thanks for posting!


    1. thanks so much Katie! i'm glad you like it, and for stoppin' over to take a peek :)
      ♥ much love!

  16. OMG I LOVE this and I love your blog SO MUCH! XOXO Malia

  17. Oh my goodness these are sooo adorable! Have a happy day! :) xo Holly

  18. P.s. I'm your newest follower :) xx HUGS!

  19. That is so cute. I just visited your etsy shop and you have such cute little things. I visited from another blog and so glad I did.

  20. Wonderful tutorial! Thank you!! ♥ I am going looking for that gadget. It will make pompom making a breeze!
    I took your badge to my blog and I am a new follower.
    ♥ Jil

  21. This garland is so incredibly precious!!!!! I think every teacher crossed the land should be stringing this in their classrooms : ) Your tutorial is spot on and oh I sooooo love the little pom pom maker...going to get one for sure! Your blog is amazing...gorgeous and picture perfect! Sending hugs...

  22. Hi Jaime,
    I made some fabric pumpkins and used real twigs or small branches cut to the size of a stem and hot glued them on. Then I wound thin jute around a knitting needle, put it in the oven, cooled and slid it off the needle. I then had little curls to attach to the base of the stems. You also can attach silk leaves. These are so cute. Maybe you can use small twigs for your pom pom pumpkins.

  23. Hi Jamie,
    Just wanted to let you know I received my pretty package today. You are so generous,sweet and thoughtful! I love all of my pretty little things! I know I will have fun creating with them. Thanks again and have a wonderful day!

    1. yay! i'm so glad you like everything ♥ puts gladness in my heart girl!
      thanks for the sweet comment :) much love

  24. Hi Jaime! I love this adorable garland....what a fun idea (and I love the pumpkin idea too:) I find myself coming back to your blog over and over for inspiration! You are SO creative!
    Brooke @ Design Stash

  25. Oh I LOVE this garland!! Very clever are you!! Thanks for sharing!! XO Fran.

  26. Gorgeous and really really cute. I love the yarn you used... how there are different shades of red in there. It makes the apples so interesting. The little pencils are also such a cute back to school sort of touch. I would love it if you would stop by and share at Lines Across. I hope to see you soon,

  27. WOW these look so amazing. Have tried conventional no tool pom pom making and mine were a disaster!!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts School Projects


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