Learn how to make adorable DIY pom pom Christmas lights! These little pom pom decorations are shaped like retro holiday lights and make a fun garland, colorful ornaments, or cute gift toppers!
I love the idea of tying them onto gifts for adorable gift toppers that can double as ornaments! Ready to make your own?
Supplies needed to make your own DIY pom pom lights:
- Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn in your favorite colors
- Large Clover Pom Pom Maker
- Small Sharp Scissors
- Wooden Spools
- Metallic Silver Paint
- Paint Brush
- Silver Beads
Step 1. Make and Shape Pom Pom
The first step is to make yourself a pom pom. I love the Clover pom pom makers, and definitely recommend them. For this project, you will need to trim down the pom pom quite a bit, so you will need to start with a large pom pom.
I recommend using a worsted weight acrylic yarn for these pom poms. I did make a few with cotton yarn as well, but I just found the acrylic yarns easier to work with in this project.
Here’s how to use the Clover pom pom maker to make a pom pom:
- Open up one side of the pom pom maker.
- Wrap the yarn around both C-shaped pieces many times, until they are well covered.
- Close that side of the pom pom maker, and repeat on the other side.
- Use small sharp scissors (like these) to cut through the wrapped yarn on both sides. The pom pom maker has a little channel for your scissors to make this easy.
- Cut a piece of yarn about a foot long, wrap it around the middle of the pom pom maker, and tie it with a double knot.
- Open up the C-shaped pieces of the pom pom maker and then pull apart the center pieces to release the pom pom.
We now have a nice fluffy pom pom ready to shape! To get that Christmas light look, you need to give your pom pom a serious hair cut.
You want to trim that pom pom into an oval shape. Hold the long tails from the piece you used to tie around the middle of your pom pom, and trim the sides of the pom pom to give it an elongated shape.
Step 2. Paint Wooden Spool
Next, use your paint brush and metallic silver paint to paint the wooden spool. My spools needed two coats to get that nice metallic shine. Spray paint would also work well for this.
You can also paint your spools gold or green, but I kind of liked the look of the silver.
Step Three. Assemble Pom Pom Christmas Lights
When your painted spools have dried completely, simply thread the long tails of your shaped pom poms through the spool and through one of your silver beads. Then secure the spool and bead in place with a few knots.
I even created a fun video tutorial for you!
And that’s it! Your pom pom holiday lights are all ready to decorate your home, Christmas tree, and gifts!
How would you use these little pom pom Christmas lights?
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.