Crafting with Kids: Sparkly Pompom Garland

Confined to the house for another day, poorly Little Miss was feeling left out of the festive build-up at school. I resorted to my favourite quick and cheery project - POMPOMS! An hour later I helped her to decorate the playroom with this... 


She is delighted with her sparkly pompom garland and it was quick and easy (if a little messy) to make and kept her busy, requiring minimal intervention on my part - I did the fiddly cutting, started off the crochet chain, and set up the fairy lights. Based on this little project, I've put together a few tips for anyone who'd like to do the same. 

ESSENTIAL KIT:
  • Scheepjes Panda Sparkle* yarn in your chosen colours - we used 355 (opal)* and 352 (diamond)*. The yarn is available from Scheepjes retailers, priced at £3.79 per 100g/130m 
  • Pompom maker(s)* - she used two different sizes, but the difference is negligible with this yarn. (If you don't know how to use a pompom maker, check out this post from the archives.)
  • Large crochet hook - 10 mm worked well but smaller would be fine if you don't have 10 mm
  • Sharp embroidery scissors
  • Fairy lights
  • Method of attaching to the wall (we have cup hooks screwed into the chalkboard wall) 
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Apron / a change of clothes (we are both covered in fluffy sparkles!)

TIPS: 

1. The yarn will do most of the work, and it doesn't matter if the pompoms aren't perfectly even. No, really, leave them as they are - it's not worth the mess that trimming will create. 


2.  We left long strings for attaching the pompoms to the garland as it was easier (for small hands) to tie them on. I'd planned to remove the excess and was over-ruled. If you are a perfectionist you might want to do that. 

3. We used a crochet chain rather than a single strand of yarn for the main garland as this made it more sturdy when the pompoms were tied on, plus we could pop the fairy lights through the holes in the chain every few inches, to keep the lights and garland together. 

Of course, Little Miss doesn't want to stop at one wall in the playroom - she has 'plans' for decorating the house. I'm not sure whether I should feel proud or terrified! 

*Wool Warehouse Affiliate links.

2 comments

  1. You've got to love a girl with a plan!! She (and you) did an awesome job, it all looks so pretty and twinkly. I hope she's feeling a lot better now, cos you, sparkles make everything better!! xx

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    1. Thanks Amanda - sparkles did seem to do the trick - she's back at school today. She didn't want to miss the violin performance to the parents... which was then cancelled when the violin teacher was sick!!! :D

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