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DIY Pom Pom & Tassel Ornaments
There are so many pom-sabilities when it comes to making pom pom and tassel ornaments! We love to make a whole mess of pom poms and tassels in various colors, then create playful charm-like ornaments that incorporate chunky beads and shiny bells.
Similar to our Pom Pom Holiday Garland DIY, this project makes for the perfect family craft. Gather together to create an array of pom poms and tassels, then put out various strings, ribbons, beads, bells, and any other adornments you please and go to town creating fun ornaments you can hang in your tree or give as gifts.
Pro tip: these pom pom and tassel ornaments can totalllly double as gift-toppers, which the recipient can hang once they’ve opened their present!
- Assortment of pom poms & tassels. For those you’ll need:
- Plastic yarn needle*
- Snips or scissors
- Twine, thick yarn, ribbon, or whatever string you like
- Beading needle
- Assortment of beads & bells (sources: metallic, glitter, wood, stars, bells)
- Ornament hooks
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
Create an assortment of pom poms and tassels in whatever colors, patterns and sizes you like! Big poms and tassels make for fabulous individual ornaments, while smaller pom poms and tassels can be strung together to create more elaborate decorations. You can find instructions for how to make all the pictured pom poms and tassels and more here in our Online Craft Studio!
If you’re crafting with a group, consider putting out assorted beads on a beading tray or in individual cupcake liners for easy access for all!
POM POM ORNAMENTS
To create a single pom pom ornament, begin by cutting a piece of string or ribbon about 10-12″ long. Thread it onto a plastic yarn needle then attach the string to your pom pom by going underneath the interior embroidery floss. Center the pom pom on the string, match up the two ends, and thread both ends onto the yarn needle.
Add whatever beads you like by placing them onto the yarn needle and pushing them down until they end up on the string. Pull out the excess tail. If the holes of your beads are too small to fit onto the yarn needle, use a fine beading needle instead.
Once all beads are added, tie a thick knot above them to secure. Our trick is to loop the tail through the loop of the knot twice before tightening (pictured). Add another knot about 2″ above your bead knot and trim off the excess string.
Tassel ornaments are created very similarly to the pom pom ornament above. Begin by cutting a piece of string or ribbon about 10-12″ long. Thread it onto a plastic yarn needle then attach the string to your tassel by going underneath the top loop of your tassel. Center the tassel on the string, match up the two ends, and thread both ends onto the yarn needle.
Add whatever beads you like using by placing them onto the yarn needle and pushing them down until they end up on the string. Pull out the excess tail. If the holes of your beads are too small to fit onto the yarn needle, use a fine beading needle instead.
Follow the knot tying instructions in the pom pom ornament tutorial above, tying one thick knot above the beads to secure them, then another knot about 2″ above the other to create a loop for hanging.
To add bells to the excess tails of your ornament, thread one tail onto a fine beading needle then add the bell by placing it onto the beading needle via the back loop of the bell. Push the bell down until it ends up on the string. Tie the string together with a double knot around the loop of the bell to secure it in place. Trim the excess string. Repeat with the other ornament tail.
Plan out your ornament design, placing a tassel at the bottom. Above the tassel can be a mix of pom poms and beads. To begin constructing, follow the tassel ornament instructions above, using a piece of string or ribbon about 22″ long instead. Thread the tassel onto your string, center it, match up the two ends and thread onto a yarn needle.
From here, add your pom poms and beads per your design plan (or change your mind and go rogue!). You can find instructions for how to string on pom poms here.
Again as you would for the two other ornament tutorials above, tie a thick knot above your beads and pom poms to secure, then add another knot about 2″ above that.
The ornament here has a single bell attached to both excess tails, which you can attach by threading both tails onto a fine beading needle. Add the bell by placing it onto the beading needle via the back loop of the bell. Push the bell down until it ends up on the string. Tie the string together with a double knot around the loop of the bell to secure it in place, then trim excess string.
You can hang your pom pom and tassel ornaments using the loop created with the string or with an ornament hook, which allows for easier placement on branches of any thickness. We find that the green hooks camouflage well and let the design focus remain on the pom poms and tassels!
Trim your tree with as many pom pom and tassel ornaments as you please! Of course we believe the more the merrier. 😉
Peace, love & neon,