Thursday, January 23, 2014

Valentine's Pom Pom Banner


Valentine Banner DIY
I wanted a new colorful banner for our mantle for Valentine's Day. I am so tired of all the white and dreary grey from the snow. I am so ready for spring! So I spruced up our living room with bright pink and red! I think I'll wait and get the rest of the V-Day decorations after the holiday when they are all on clearance at Hobby Lobby - my favorite kind!
This banner was super easy, and something I am sure I will do again in the future! Here is your tutorial! And yes, I was watching I Love Lucy while I made these :) Helpful hint: Don't let your puppy near the yarn, he'll be sure to put it in a nice ball for you.
 You'll need:
-Yarn
-Scissors
-Needle
-Embroidery Thread
You'll start by wrapping the yarn around your fingers. Depending on the size you want, you can use 2, 3, or 4 fingers. The more yarn you wrap, the bigger and fuller your pom pom will be. Keep wrapping until you have your desired size. 
You will now tie off the ball. Take a pre cut piece of yarn, and poke it through your fingers. You will then pull it around and tie it off in the front. Make sure the loose end of the yarn is under the part being tied off to hold it together. Then loosely slide the ball off your fingers, and tie the ball tight on both sides.

The red pom pom is what it will look like after you have it tied off. You will then cut all the loops with your scissors. The left side of the pink pom is cut, and the right side is uncut. You want to cut all the way around and make sure you get all the loops.
You can see how the pom looks a bit uneven, so you can take your scissors and trim off the long ones. The more neat and tight you want your pom, the more you will trim off. I wanted mine to be medium size and not completely perfect looking. So I trimmed of a small amount. The small tight poms look great, and are awesome for decorating gifts. But the small ones I felt would be too little for the mantle.
Pom Pom Banner DIY
 Pom Pom Valentine Banner
 
Then, you'll take your embroidery floss and needle and thread all the balls on the thread. I doubled my thread up to make it a little thicker and easier to work with. You can see in 2 of the poms that I used red and pink colors together by layering when I wrapped then around my hand. 
I was pleased with how this turned out. I had never made these poms, but they seem to be all the rage when I researched what to do. I am so glad I did it, even my husband commented on how sweet they looked. 
Have any of you made these before? 





41 comments:

  1. Adorable! I could think of a million uses for these!!

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    1. I know, right?! And its just so simple and easy!

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  2. You make these tutorials look so easy! I would probably cut myself with the scissors! It is so sweet though I really want to try this one! I'll let you know how it turns out ;-)

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    1. Haha! Yes, let me know for sure how it turns out and where you put it!

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  3. So cute!! And love the pop of color that it adds! :)

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    1. I think thats my favorite part about it!

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  4. Who knew pom poms were so easy!? Um, not this girl. Love this!!

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    1. I know, I had no idea until I googled it!

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  5. This turned out adorable! I love this! I need to do this! Love it!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    stylininstlouis.com

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  6. I had no idea pom poms were so simple to make! Thank you for sharing!

    -- Alex at Brainy Girls Beauty

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    1. I didn't either until I researched it!

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  7. Yes!! I made them last year for my "winter" decor. You can see my tute here: http://atparsons.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-garland-diy.html

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    1. Ah so so cute! I am so glad that you gave me the link!

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  8. These are sooo fun! Perfect for a V-Day party! Side note: I love 'I Love Lucy', she is so funny!
    -Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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    1. I Love Lucy is the best! They just don't make shows like that anymore!

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  9. Nice post, they look great. I wish I were more craftsy hehe ^^
    http://www.princesskonakei.com/

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    1. They are so easy, I am sure yours would be cute!

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  10. Oh that is so cute! I like how subtle it is. Some of the Valentine's decorations I have seen have been so in your face pink! Not sure Tyler would really love that haha!
    www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree! So simple and a great pop of color!

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  11. Ooh what a great idea! So cute - I should string this around my apartment!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. You so could! A great accent without being too much in a smaller space!

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  12. This is so cute! The perfect amount of pink and red without going overboard.

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    1. I agree, subtle but a great pop of color!

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  13. These are so adorable, can't wait to make on and hang it above the fireplace<3

    dontcoralwithme.blogspot.com

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    1. You should! And share it with us when you do!

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  14. I used to make little pom poms like that when I was a little girl! But I really like that you've turned them into a banner!

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    1. Haha I never even knew they were that simple to make until I researched!

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  15. Your pom pom garland looks way cute and I love your nail color, too! :)

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    1. Thank you! It was way easier than I thought to make!

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  16. OMG I love this! So freaking crafty!

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