If you were stranded on a desert island and you could bring along one thing….

….what would it be?

I’m not sure exactly what I would take because I’d have to know how cute the island was first, but I can guarantee you this.

It would have pom poms.

I’m the original president of the pom pom fan club.

I’ve loved pom poms from the first pom pom hair tie in high school and I’ve never looked back.  I’ve added them to curtains and sweater vests and pillows and throws and once upon a time in a land far away I glued them in strings to my wall for a fun accent.

So to celebrate pom poms everywhere….

….here are five easy pom pom projects.

Just in case a desert island comes calling. 🙂

Here’s a beaded pom pom garland.

I’ve made more versions of this than you can count.  I’ve strung the beads and added the pom poms at the end and painted the beads gold and strung the beads in different sizes.

It all works.

Start with the basics and then go rogue with your beads and pom poms.

Starter DIY found here.

Oh the beauty of a pom pom pillow.

Especially when it’s made from drop cloth.

I made this entire pillow (pom poms and all) for under $5.

DIY found here.

The best part of this pom pom project?

It’s no-sew.

It’s so easy to make and it’s a perfect project for cool spring nights.

DIY found here.

Hello tiny pom pom trim.

You are the cutest.

Especially when you’re added to this simple pillow pattern made from layers of fabric.

DIY found here (along with some other fun pillow projects, too).

And one more project for the holiday road.

Pom pom stockings.

I know it’s spring.  I know summer hasn’t even shown up yet.  But the stockings were too cute not to include and you can always pin them for later.

DIY found here.

And now?

Here’s a pom pom blessing for the road.

May your morning be full of sunshine.

May your heart be full of joy.

May your house be cheery and bright.

And may your day be as amazing as you are.

(total aside:  It’s apparent that pom poms are full of wisdom.  Who knew?) 🙂

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  1. Image for Nancy @ Slightly Coastal Nancy @ Slightly Coastal

    Yep...I've been on the pom pom train for a long time too! Woo! Woo! I had DIY pom poms on my white Keds when I went to Baton twirling lessons at the local rec center at the age of 6 (purple and gold). Me and pom poms? We go waaay back. This is why I can't miss your blog posts Karianne. Our mutual affinity for pom poms is just the beginning. Have a super Monday! Nancy

  2. Image for Peg Peg

    I love it when when the word for something describes exactly the way it looks! Pom pom, a soft ball of comfy loveliness!!! Pom pom!! : )

  3. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Total aside...I make Pom poms for my kitty...he loves to play with them! I do like the ones you've added to the throw...bet he would too! ;)

  4. Image for Design Chic Design Chic

    I love a pom pom! I'm not crafty at all, but added pom poms to the bottom of a Roman shade (hot glue guns are amazing), and it made the shade! Your Christmas stockings are adorable! Happy start to your week!

  5. Image for DeAnna DeAnna

    The other day I saw a woman wearing a plain grey top, then I noticed along the bottom of the 3/4 sleeves were multi colored tiny pom poms. All the pom pom dangling and wiggling was so adorable!

  6. Image for Michele @ Thistledown Domestic Creations Michele @ Thistledown Domestic Creations

    I just love your stories as they always make me smile. Pom poms are just so fun! I have some teeny tiny ones I should use soon. I need to think up a fun idea for them. Maybe they will impart some of their tiny and fuzzy wisdom with me so I can think of a cute project for the ones I have! Maybe a pillow or a tea towel! Hmmmmm... :)

  7. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I had never made a pom pom EVER...well until this past winter?I kept seeing ALL the cuteness around me, on instagram, blogs, and Etsy OH the sky is the limit on etsy!!!! I thought " I WANT some pom poms!!!" And I want to make my own ! So utube it is, and I was off and running, I've lost count on how many pom pom garlands I've made, and impressed a few of my girlfriends along the way? Thanks for your ever breath of fresh air posts!!!! Lisa☮️

  8. Image for April J Harris April J Harris

    Love the Pom Pom blessing! Hope you have a lovely day too! These are great projects, fun and easy too. Pom poms seem to cheer everything up even on a grey day. Scheduled to share on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page later today, and will pin too. Thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul.

  9. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

    Fran, Pom poms can be a little frustrating! The key is to tie them as tightly as possible. I even wind the center string both ways sometimes if the yarn isn't thick. Oh....that's another tip! Fluffy yarn holds in a pom pom better! Hope this helps! karianne

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