Crushing crowds. Flashing lights. Impatient, fussy children. Restless and even irritable significant others.
Somehow this is not the Christmas you were dreaming about. Sadly, it seems to be the holiday we are spoon fed every year, and convinced it’s normal. But it doesn’t have to be.
[bctt tweet=”You can step off the Crazy Train Treadmill of Christmas, & craft your own sweet vintage inspired holiday.”]
In case you didn’t know it, everything old is new again.
Film cameras, big colored Christmas lights, baking cookies from scratch. We have embraced the old school with new fervor, and I’m happy to see it.
You can make your own unique and fun Decorative element for the holiday season, and I’m going to show you how. Dear Reader, meet the Pom Pom Garland.
This Garland is so fun and easy! It’s easy to customize by making your own unique yarn choices, both in weight and in color. I simply made up 3 different sizes of Poms in different colors and strung them up on twine. I thought the twine gave it more rustic appeal.
This garland includes cute mulit colored jingle bells tied onto the twine in between the Poms. What’s Christmas without jingle bells? Simply use the same yarn to tie them on so it all goes together.
If you’re wondering how to make these pom poms, my last blog post shows how you can create your own Pom Pom Magic.
Use the same tapestry needle that we use in all yarn crafts to thread through the middle of the Poms. Make sure you run the string through the meatiest part of the Poms so they hold on.
The middle Pom Pom was made on the jumbo Pom Pom maker from Clover, and it took almost the entire skein of yarn to complete! That’s because it’s a lighter weight, Worsted yarn so it took a LOT of wraps to get that lush Pom. I wanted all my Poms to be in the same weight of yarn so that giant Pom was totally worth it to me.
Having too much fun making Pom Poms to stop now? I hear ya!
[bctt tweet=”Consider adding Pom Poms to dress up a plain Christmas wreath.”]
You can jazz up a plain Christmas wreath with Pom Poms. Simply leave the tails from the tie off on the Poms and use them to tie to the branches on the wreath. You can tie the remaining jingle bells onto the wreath using yarn scraps as well. It’s so cute, and completely easy to customize.
[bctt tweet=”Even teenagers get interested in Holiday Decorating when Pom Poms are part of the show.”]
Making your own holiday decorations is a wonderful way to reconnect with your family and with the holiday itself.
Make a day to craft the Pom Poms and bake cookies from scratch. Pop real popcorn on the stove (or in a popper). For Heaven’s Sake, go a day without using the microwave.
[bctt tweet=”Christmas is the perfect time to explore your inner Donna Reed.”]
Enjoy the retro aspects of playing with simple crafts and making real food.
Spending the time with children? Play Classic Christmas movies while crafting and baking. Making it a phone and video game free zone so everybody can connect with the activities.
Spending the time with your boyfriend or new husband, but he’s more interested in the Football playoffs? No worries there, either. Invite over some friends and craft and bake with your gal pals while the boys enjoy football. You can all make sweet decorations that are easy to transport home, as well as wonderful home baked treats.
The holiday season is really what YOU make it. If you are looking to create your own Vintage Inspired interpretation of the holiday, I hope you will try making a Pom Pom Garland of your own. I’d love to see what you come up with! Please email me with your holiday photos! I’d love to see.