Thursday, November 10, 2016

Frugal Festive Frill: Christmas Craft

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, so I am not bothered by the early arrival of holiday decor in the stores.  The commercial craze sets my mind toward family traditions and reflection of my savior.  I can totally see how all shiny things can distract us from the true meaning, and I am often guilty of getting over stressed this time of year, as well.  One temptation this time of year is to over spend and extend my budget and well that stresses my husband out.  God provides for our family through Matt's hard work, and I need to respect the boundaries of our budget, especially this time of year.

Savvy shopping and saving all year is the key to apply our budget wisely for this costly time of year.  This summer I was in a cute gift shop in a small town in Nebraska.  It had last year's Christmas decor on clearance for seventy percent off.  I had spotted an adorable pom pom garland for $5.99 (after the discount), and really wanted it.  Matt, who is often the voice of reason, pointed out that there was only one (and I would want more of them) and the price even at the discount was a little high for pom poms on a strings.  The cuteness of the garland and the logic of Matt's observation made me think about how easy it would be to recreate it on my own and have several to decorate with throughout the home.

Recently, I was running an errand at Target.  The store like many others had rolled out their holiday enticements and in the midst of them were these red, green, and white pom poms.  Instantly I remembered the vintage pom pom garland.  So I bought a few packs and some cotton string from Hobby Lobby, and created my own.  My total cost was under $8 and I was able to make several garlands.  Here is how:

The Light and Airy Pom Pom Garland:

Red, Green, White Pom Poms (approximately 24 total per garland)
Cotton String or Yarn
A Yarn Needle

The Light and Airy Pom Pom Garland:

1. Measure and cut 120 inches of string.

2. Tie a knot at one end of the string and thread the needle at the other.

3. Insert the threaded needle into the center of the pom pom, and slide it along the string to the knot.

4. Tie another knot on the other side of the pom pom, to keep it in place.

5. Tie a third knot a few inches from the pom pom.  I used my hand as a guide, grabbing the string with the left side of my hand at the pom pom and started the knot at the right side.

6. String another pom pom and tie another knot to secure it.

7. Repeat this process until you run out of string.


  1. SO cute and easy! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks MKEMommy! Share a photo of your garland with us on Facebook!