i've mentioned briefly that i want to do a very simple and homemade celebration for our first christmas in this house. i'm trying very hard not to go buck-wild buying every sparkly thing i see.
...it's been hard, guys.
but...theoretically...i don't just want to go out a buy a houseful of decorations. i want our collection to grow and evolve over time. i want special ornaments that have meaning. i want to look back and associate heartwarming stories with them.
...like that one year i spent days and days furiously making a gazillion bajillion fuzzy pom-poms for a christmas tree garland:
see how i made all these bad boys after the jump!
for this garland, i used clover's pom pom makers -- i think they are so superior to homemade cardboard templates that they are worth the five dollars or so for a two-pack. however, if you don't have the pom pom makers, you'll still be able to make the garland. it will just take a lot longer.
(( i am not affiliated with clover in any way. ))
now, i personally found the directions included with the pom pom makers a little confusing...so i took a whole bunch of pictures to show you how simple it really is:
once i learned how to use the pom pom maker, i experimented with the different yarns i bought. as expected, the thicker and softer yarns made for floppier poms.
then, i experimented with different wrapping patterns using more than one color.
combining three colors vs. two colors:
half and half:
hiding one color under another:
i also tried wrapping wool roving instead of yarn:
after all this experimenting, i was left with:
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