When it’s cold and dark outside there are few things I love more than cosying up at home with a new craft project, Christmas tunes on, candles burning and fairy lights twinkling in the background. Once again this year, I’ve joined forces with John Lewis Edinburgh to bring you four festive makes – one for each weekend in advent. This can be a hectic time of year, so I’ve aimed to keep each and every one of my makes simple and affordable, using staple pieces from JL that you can use year after year and a few simple foraged materials. Make sure you stop by each Saturday during advent for a new seasonal DIY, and every Sunday for the festive bakes, as usual!
My first make of advent is a festive pom-pom garland! I love pom-poms all year round, but there’s something particularly Christmassy about them. They’re incredibly easy to make using a pom-pom maker (see my post here), not to mention satisfying! They also look very effective, especially in volume. To make the two garlands pictured, I used four balls of wool. I found that one ball made around 40 small poms, but it depends on the size of your pom-pom maker and thickness of wool.
Start off by making all your pom-poms. I did one shorter garland with small poms, and one longer garland with bigger poms in festive red white and green. I loved the muted hues of this Country Style Sirdar wool in JL. I made my poms over the course of a week or so, during an episode of something on the TV each evening – they don’t take much headspace, yet stop the mind wandering!
Once your poms are made, trim them so they’re neat – making sure to leave the yarn used to tie them long. Next, line them up in your desired pattern. For the larger poms, I alternated colour, spacing them a few centimetres apart. For the small poms, I wanted one continuous garland.
Then all you have to do is string them together! The smaller ones can be threaded together with yarn and a darning needle, passed through the centre of each pom and tied at the ends. For the larger poms, I used the yarn I’d tied off each pom with to attach them to a thicker length of yarn (made by twisting several strands together). Simple! I also picked up some red and green pegs from JL to hang my cards from the garland as a makeshift card display once the festive greetings start coming in – I’ll be sure to post an Instagram!
Wool, pegs and decorative trees c/o John Lewis Edinburgh, but as ever all love of pom-poms and Christmas crafting entirely my own! All other props are vintage.