Kids' Craft: Make a Pom-Pom Christmas Garland
yarn (4-6 colors of similar thickness)
scrap piece of wood
Wind one color of yarn around a scrap piece of wood (Image 1). Yarn tension should be snug, but not overly tight, which would make it difficult to remove. The more yarn that is wound, the fluffier and fuller that pom-pom will be. Once desired amount of yarn is wrapped, cut end with scissors (Image 2).
Remove and Tie Yarn
Cut a piece of yarn in the same color, about 10" long. Gently slide wound yarn off scrap piece of wood being sure to hold the yarn to prevent it from coming unwound (Image 1). Tie the 10" piece of yarn around center of wound yarn loops, then double-knot it to secure (Image 2). This is a great place for a parent to help tie the yarn, since it's tricky for one person to do. Tip: Make sure scrap piece of wood is smooth, to prevent the risk of little fingers getting splinters.
Cut Yarn and Shape Pom-Pom
Once yarn is tied, it should be in a "bow-tie" shape (Image 1). Cut loops on each end of "bow-tie" to make a pom-pom shape (Image 2). Yarn can then be trimmed, so the pom-pom is a nice, round shape, or it can be left shaggy. Do not trim 10" piece of yarn used to tie wound yarn together. Those lengths will be used to tie pom-poms to make a garland. Fluff each pom-pom. Repeat steps 1-3 to make as many pom-poms as desired.
Cut a piece of yarn in each color used to make pom-poms to desired length of finished garland. Tie yarn all together at one end and twist or braid strands of yarn to make the "rope" part of the garland. Tie off at other end. Tie each pom-pom to the "rope," evenly spaced (Image 1). Trim excess yarn. Tip: Individual pom-poms can also be used as ornaments, bows for presents or can be bunched together to make wreaths and kissing balls (Images 2 and 3).