Well hello dear friends! Are you getting the winter blues or spring fever? If so then it’s time to get crafty to help you pass the time before spring arrives! You have definitely come to the right place today for some super fun Valentine’s Day and DIY craft inspiration! *This post contains affiliate links.
I am thrilled to be joining my friend Cindy of County Road 407 and some very talented blogging friends for our January Pinterest Challenge. Each month Cindy chooses a photo from Pinterest featuring a craft or vignette for each of us to recreate, using our own creative interpretation. If you are coming over from Everyday Edits or if you just happened to stop by today, I am so happy you are here!
Farmhouse Inspired Valentine Decor~Refresh Living
This month’s inspiration photo is an adorable “farmhousey” twine heart and pom-pom garland created by Jenny at Refresh Living. Although we don’t have to “copy” the garland exactly for this challenge, I just loved the simplicity and neutral colors of Jenny’s garland and wanted to create something very similar.
I didn’t have any pom-poms, so I made my own “faux pom poms” using some of my craft stash supplies (more details below). I had originally intended to add sheet music hearts to my garland, but then I had the idea to just hang my vintage sheet music heart garland alongside my yarn hearts and pom-pom garland instead.
I still can’t believe how quick, easy and inexpensive this garland was to make. I actually didn’t spend a penny on this DIY! I am defintiely planning to make a few more garlands using red and pink yarn.
I really love how my faux pom-poms turned out, and the yarn wrapped hearts are just too cute too! I want to make several more single hearts just to tuck in vignettes.
My new (free!) garland was just the inspiration I needed to clear away some after-Christmas winter decor in the dining room and to create a vintage “flea market style” neutral vignette in anticipation of Valentine’s Day (and spring junkin’ adventures!)
How to Make an Easy DIY Yarn Hearts and Faux Pom- Pom Garland
Cardboard box for hearts
Neutral knitting yarn or twine for hearts
2 inch styrofoam balls for faux pom-poms
Fuzzy yarn for faux pom-poms (or you can just use pom-poms)
Hot glue gun
Twine or jute rope
I had all of these supplies already on hand, but you can pick up the twine and styrofoam balls at Dollar Tree. The yarn can be purchased at any craft store, probably for just a few dollars if you are using a coupon. (*Similar affiliate products shown below.)
DIY Yarn Hearts
I began by cutting four hearts out of an old carboard box. Then I simply wrapped some pretty ivory/light tan yarn around each heart in random directions until all the cardboard was completely covered. I was enjoying making the hearts so much that I completely forgot to take a picture of this step! No worries…you can check out a great Yarn Wrapped Hearts tutorial by Linda at It All Started with Paint which outlines the same sort of process I used in more detail.
DIY Faux Pom-Poms
I didn’t have any pom-poms in my craft stash, so I got creative and made my own faux pom-poms using stryofoam balls left over from my Easy to Love DIY Valentine Gnomes and some soft, fuzzy yarn I had picked up at yard sale a while back. I also used the yarn last year when I made my DIY Neutral Farmhouse Heart Rag wreath.
To make a faux pom-pom simply wrap fuzzy yarn around a styrofoam ball in different directions until the styrofoam is completely covered. The more layers of yarn you use the “fluffier” the pom-pom will be.
I also made a fuzzy yarn heart to use as a filler accent in my rusty French urn.
For the garland I simply hot glued the hearts and pom-poms to some jute rope/twine instead of trying to thread the twine through the stryofoam balls and hearts. To attach the styrofoam balls to the twine I had to cut the twine in sections and attach each loose end with hot glue to each side of the ball as shown above.
Lastly, I simply hot glued the back of each heart directly onto the twine.
After the garland was done it was time for a little vintage Valentine vignette fun! I styled up the top of my vintage chest of drawers in the dining room with a “puppy love” theme featuring a sweet thrifted dog statue and some shabby-brocante-cottage farmhouse style treasures. I draped my new yarn hearts and faux pom-pom garland and my vintage sheet music garland over a favorite antique picture frame and vintage mirror.
I scored this sweet pup a couple of years ago at a thrift shop but never got around to really sharing it here on the blog. As I was shopping my home for neutral treasures for this vignette I thought it would add a charming and whimiscal touch. I am just getting started with my Valentine’s Day decor, so be sure to stop back by soon to see more unique vintage Valentine vignettes using thrifted treasures.
I adore how the garland turned out! I am so thankful to Cindy for inspiring us with these monthly challenges. It was fun to make something new to share with you today!
I hope this post has inspired you to make your own DIY yarn hearts and pom-pom garland. If you make one or if you have already made a similar garland I would love to hear from you. Don’t forget to check out all of the other creative garlands via the link up below too. Thanks for visiting today!
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