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Easy DIY Yarn Hearts and Faux Pom-Pom Garland

Easy Diy Yarn Hearts and Faux Pom-Pom Garland

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

Supplies:

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

Scissors

Twine or jute rope

(20-30 minutes)

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.

 

Caron Simply Soft Solids Yarn (4) Medium Gauge 100% Acrylic – 6 oz – Off White 

 

 

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.

 

DIY Neutral Farmhouse Heart Rag Wreath Neutral Rag Wreath Farmhouse 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.

 

 

Similar yarn:

 

JubileeYarn 100g Soft Touch Fuzzy Fur Yarn, Ivory 2 Skeins

 

 

I also made a fuzzy yarn heart to use as a filler accent in my rusty French urn.

 

Celine lin One Skein Super Soft Warm Coral Fleece Fluffy Faux Fur Eyelash Yarn Knitting

 

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.

 

 

Tenn Well Strong Natural Jute Twine

 

 

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! 

 

 

Easy Diy Yarn Hearts and Faux Pom-Pom Garland

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!

Amber

 

 

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19 Comments

  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    The faux pom-poms are brilliant. I never would have thought of that and are so cute on a garland. Love it Amber!

    January 28, 2020 at 7:43 am
  • Reply [email protected]

    You are so clever to come up with a way to make faux pom-poms. They look great along with your yarn wrapped cardboard hearts. I love the way you styled your garland with your vintage puppy love pieces. That dog was a great find!

    January 28, 2020 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Cindy McTigue

    Amber,

    This is fantastic and I love the neutral palette. Great idea with the faux pom poms. All your vintage touches along side look pretty.

    Have a great day!

    Cindy

    January 28, 2020 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    super cute Amber, love that they are neutral and so organic looking!

    January 28, 2020 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    So fun and so precious. I can’t wait to see your vintage Valentine’s Day decor.

    January 28, 2020 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Terrie Tipler

    This looks so pretty up on your mirror. Both garlands are so good together. I love this whole vignette you have styled. Very pretty Amber.

    January 28, 2020 at 11:03 am
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Having made pom pom garlands and wreaths in the past can I just say how BRILLIANT your pom poms are. I am totally going to imitate you!!!

    January 28, 2020 at 11:07 am
  • Reply [email protected]

    Your vignettes are always amazing and this one is no different. I love the layers, the neutral colors and how the garland is the perfect touch to the frame and mirror. It all looks so festive yet romantic at the same time. Looking forward to the rest of your Valentine decor. Thank you for joining in! Pinned

    January 28, 2020 at 12:05 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    I love your puppy, Amber, and how your brain is always thinking of vignette themes, like mine does! I’ve never created around that theme; now you’ve got me wanting to round up all my cute vintage doggie things! Love your simple garland and how you added the music page hearts to it, too. Perfect pretty, hushed winter decor!

    January 28, 2020 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    I love your vignette and the new pompom and heart garland you made, Amber! I like that you just used a small styrofoam ball to make your pompoms in your garland ~ anyone could easily do that. 🙂 Thanks for sharing how you styled yours! Great neutral Valentine’s idea!!

    Hearty hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    January 28, 2020 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Love the gold tones that your yarn-covered hearts give off… and your pom-poms look like snowballs! So pretty, and would be perfect for a winter or Christmas bowl, right? Pinned! Love working with you, Amber!

    January 28, 2020 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Crissy

    What a great hack for making faux pom-poms, Amber! They look fantastic! As I mentioned earlier, I think the addition of the music sheet hearts is precious and something I may have to add to my decor somewhere. The vignette is beautiful. Pinned!

    January 29, 2020 at 12:56 am
  • Reply [email protected]

    Amber, I’ve noticed that type of yarn at the craft store and now I’m inspired to get some. I’ve wrapped styrofoam balls before and that is a great way to make decorative elements for all sorts of projects. Love the vignette you created.

    January 29, 2020 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Amy Johnson

    So gorgeous and so easy to make. Thanks for the tutorial.

    February 1, 2020 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    This is lovely, Amber! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned!

    February 2, 2020 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Hello Amber, thank you for linking up at last week’s Share Your Style #241. Happy to feature your sweet pup and your beautifful vignette at SYS #242 this week.

    Hearty hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    February 5, 2020 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Karren Haller

    I love your garland, it looks so classy with the mirrors and frame. Thank you for sharing on #omhgff last week. And by the way, your post has been Pinned and is currently being featured on this week’s party. And be sure to stop by and share your latest updates on Friday Features.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend!

    February 7, 2020 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Kerryanne

    I love the textures in this project Amber and what about those faux pom-pom balls… brilliant!
    Thank you for sharing your DIY yarn hearts and faux pom-poms garland at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning too.
    Hugs,
    Kerryanne

    February 13, 2020 at 7:27 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much Kerryanne!

      February 17, 2020 at 11:05 pm

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