This post was featured in the Valentine's Magazine at She Wears Many Hats!
I don't know about you, but I've never been much of a "winter decorator." It's especially hard when you live in Texas and the average January temperature is in the low 60s. For the past few years I've gone right from Christmas to Valentine's Day, and I just love it! Literally. ;)
Every year I try to make a few new decorations in honor of the holiday of love. This year I came up with this adorable Pom Pom and Felt Hearts Garland. I'm smitten, folks. It's simply lovely! And, it's easy to make.
Clover Pom Pom Makers (I used extra small, small, medium and large for this garland)
Yarn (I prefer Vanna's Choice by Lion Brand)
Heart-shaped cookie cutter or stencil
To make Pom Poms:
I had bought these Pom Pom Makers with the intention of making a pom pom garland for Christmas. With all of the holiday craziness, it just never materialized. But, I was determined to use it for Valentine's Day and I'm so glad that I did! Be ready for a slew of different pom pom related crafts in the near future- I'm afraid I may have found my new obsession!
Here's how your pom pom will look once you remove it from the maker and have given it a little trim. I made mine in four different sizes, but you can make yours in as many sizes as you like!
If you don't have Pom Pom Makers, or don't want to purchase them (although they come in packs of two and aren't very expensive!), you can make your own using a fork. This simple and straightforward tutorial from Eskimimi Makes can help guide you on how to create your own!
To make Felt Hearts:
I used a disappearing ink marker found in the notions sections of most craft stores. It's nice because after you cut out your pattern or design, the ink will eventually disappear, so you don't have any marks on your finished product. I found the cookie cutter at JoAnn's for 49 cents. I decided to buy it because I was feeling lazy and didn't want to cut out a stencil with my Silhouette. Ha ha!
Do this until you have enough hearts. I made 9, but didn't end up using them all. The extras will make lovely ornaments! :)
Putting together the Garland:
Choose a piece of yarn in the color you wish. Cut it to size. Then simply tie it tightly around your pom poms and felt hearts. That's it! Go with whatever color/size/pattern you like. It's up to you. :)
This garland definitely puts a smile on my face. And it look just lovely on my simple Valentine's Day mantel. I love that it's non-traditional and could go with my Spring and Summer décor as well. Isn't versatile holiday décor the best?!
Also, be sure to check out this beautiful felt heart garland that Lydia created last Valentine's Day for more inspiration! Isn't it lovely?
Have you finished decorating for Valentine's Day yet?
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