Easter Inspired Yarn Ball & Twig Garland

Easter is in the air (oh, and snow too, but I guess that’s spring in Canada!  Arg.)!
And it is softly creeping into my home decorating!

A while back I made a Valentines Yarn Ball Garland, that seemed to be a hit with some folks, so I thought I’d give this project another shot, but with an Easter inspiration!

I adore twigs, yarn balls, pastel colours, birdhouses and eggs, and what better way is there than to tie them all together into one project!

Here is a little tutorial for my Easter Inspired Yarn Ball & Twig Garland!

Hope you enjoy it!

What you need:
yarn:  I used 2 different colours
styrofoam balls:  I used 3 different sizes (8 large, 6 medium, 5 small)
twigs:  mine are all about 2-3 feet long.  Have enough for the base, and a few extra to tuck in at the end.
embellishments:  I used tiny bird houses and easter eggs that I bought at Michaels.
twine
scissors
glue gun
Let’s Get Started!
1.  First, wrap the yarn balls.  Wrap, wrap wrap.  Secure with glue.
2.  Then I made some pompoms (5).  I make these really rough and quick:
Wrap the yarn around 2 fingers until you get a good amount of yarn (about 60 times). 
Snip the yarn from the yarn ball, then carefully slide the chunk off of your fingers.
Then run a piece of yarn through the centre of the bunch.  Pull tight, and tie a knot.


Cut the outer edges of the bunch all the way around.


And then you have a cute little pompom!

3.  Next line up the twigs to make your base.  
I lined them up the length I wanted my garland to span, 
which was the approximate length of my fireplace mantle (about 6 feet).
Remember to keep some extra twigs for tucking in after all the balls & stuff are attached.

4.  Secure your base of twigs using what ever you wish.
I just used twine and knotted it into bows.
I tied them around the bunch of twigs, about every foot or so, to keep them all together.

5.  Now it’s time for the fun stuff, putting it all together!
I find the best way to get started doing this, is to line up all your balls, pompoms and embellishments, along your base, approximately where you want them.

6.  Using my glue gun, (and for the first time ever, I did not burn myself!!) I secured the biggest yarn balls on first, then went from there.  I put all the balls on, then the eggs, then the birdhouses, and filled in spaces with the pompoms.

7.  You are almost done!  Once everything is glued on, step back and look for gaps.

Fill er’ up with your extra twigs – this makes it look so rustic and spring-y!  Especially if you are lucky enough to have pussy willows right now!  We however do not, but these twigs are perfect – homegrown and brought specially to me by my mom!

Voila, you are done!

A view of the garland on my mantle.

Love how rustic and soft it looks!

A close up!  
I wrapped the yarn balls 2 different ways – one randomly, and the other a little more precise.

Aren’t the little eggs and bird houses so cute!

Then for extra fun, I tucked in these little cutie-pie chicks!  Seriously so cute!

HOPE YOU LIKE IT!




Comments

  1. Your garland turned out beautiful! Love the colors and the little bird houses

  2. Awesome tutorial. Love the garland. So springy it just made me smile!

  3. Oh my gosh, I LOVE this!!!! I desperately need a mantel…*sigh* Lol. This is adorable. Thanks for sharing! I am definitely going to make one of these!

    Gretchen @ The Proverbs Thirty-HUH?! Woman
    proverbsthirtyhuh.blogspot.com

  4. I love that! It is beautiful and fun! You are an inspiration, for sure! Now *I* want to make a display like this! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  5. Hi! I’m visiting from Tip Junkie. Your yarn art is beautiful. I remember my mom making puffs but they weren’t as pretty as yours. I love your mantel piece decorations. So original.

    Marilyn

  6. Love it!!! It looks so pretty! Perfect for Easter/Spring! Stopping by from Tip Junkie!

    Kerri

  7. too cute!
    Visiting from Tip Junkie.
    Love the colors of your yarn.

  8. This is such a beautiful arrangement. The colours are soft and springy. It is so pleasing to look.

  9. I love it. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing it.
    I just stopped by from TCB’s Get Your Craft On.

    Ruth

  10. How cute is this?! Thanks for linking up!

  11. I love everything about this. Very clever and very pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Love it! Great tutorial and gorgeous photos! I am happily following you!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

  13. that is super cute!!

    melissa x

  14. How cute ! the colors are delightful

  15. Wow!!This is lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

  16. Omg, that is such a cute idea, love it! Stopping by from a Good Life Wednesday!
    Hugz,
    Kim

  17. This is waaaaayyyy too cute! I love the yarn balls and pom poms but the cute little chicks and bird houses did me in. This is beyond adorable!

  18. A really pretty way to dress the mantle for spring.

  19. How cute and what great colors for easter! So girly! Love it!

  20. Ooh…I LOVE it! That is so cute! I’m your newset follower!

  21. I sure do “like” it, no I love it! I remember featuring your Valentine one on A Crafty Soiree, I think – although I wouldn’t have thought it possible, that I like this one even more!

  22. What a cute idea! Looks great!

  23. Simply gorgeous!

  24. This is really awesome. I saw you at A Crafty Soiree by Katie’s Nesting Spot.

    Today is my blog’s first linky party. I would love for you to add this: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/search/label/Funky%20Fresh%20Fridays.

  25. Wow, it is sooooo pretty! I need some more color in my house, the yarn balls are something to keep in mind. Michaels has yarn on sale today. Atlantic Canada got another load of snow yesterday, 10 cm and we are in for more today :o(.

  26. This is amazing! So creative!

  27. That just looks incredible all nestled in the twigs like that! I really love this project! I’d love to have you link this to my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-9.html

  28. this is so cute!

  29. I love your garland, it’s so pretty. I noticed you’re a fellow Canadian, eh, and I too am envious of those in the south enjoying spring already. Thanks for sharing,
    Dannyelle at http://www.lifeisaparty.ca

    ps. I’m in near Toronto, where are you?

  30. So pretty! I love all of the branches and who doesn’t love glitter?

  31. The colors in this are just gorgeous!

  32. Wow – this is sooo pretty and unique! Thanks for sharing!

    ps – I’m your newest follower :)

  33. Hello!!!!!!!!!
    Your idea was faboulous!!!
    I published it in my new post.
    Hope you’ll enjoy it!
    CIAO!
    http://petitepoohmonamour.blogspot.com/

  34. This is super cute! and really with just a little changing of colors it could work for any holiday!

  35. This blog is content amazing information about Easter decoration which is very useful for me. It very important information about Easter festival.
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  36. I love your garland! It’s so pretty, and I love the colors. Where did you get the fluffy chicks? I am posting a link to this on my Friday Friends! feature on my blog. Come check it out. http://bygeorgeyouvegotit.blogspot.com

  37. This is the cutest garland I have ever seen. I will be featuring it on my blog today :)

  38. I love your home, and the “decorating” you do for different events through the year. In Aussie people don’t do all that kind of stuff but I am going to as you’ve inspired me. I particularly love your Easter mantle garland so will do that one. Don’t have a mantle but am sure I’ll find somewhere for it! Oh, and I love your coffee table that can be decorated for different seasons. I think there is one similar at Ikea. :-)

  39. Very fun!

    I’d love to have you link this to Seasonal Sundays. The link goes up at 7:00 on Saturday evening.

    - The Tablescaper

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