Pom-poms are easy to make and are a great project for yarn scraps from leftover knitting and crochet projects. Strung together, a row of colorful pom-poms creates a fun garland for your next party or family celebration.

Pom-poms are easy to make and are a great project for yarn scraps from leftover knitting and crochet projects. Strung together, a row of colorful pom-poms creates a fun garland for your next party or family celebration.

WHAT YOU NEED: Yarn Cardboard Scissors Drinking glasses for tracing Pencil HOW YOU DO IT

1. Trace a drinking glass or other round object onto your cardboard two times. The larger the circle, the larger the pom-pom.

2. Cut out both circles. Now trace a smaller drinking glass inside the larger circles.

3. Cut out a notch a half-inch to one-inch wide to cut into your larger circle and cut out the smaller circle within. This is your template.

4. Cut a piece of yarn approximately 8-10 inches long. Sandwich this piece of yarn between the templates with the excess hanging out of the notched ends. This will be the yarn that ties the pom-pom together in the end.

5. Take the yarn from the ball or skein and start wrapping it around the two pieces of cardboard, wrapping from one end to another multiple times. The more times you wrap, the denser your pom-pom will be.

6. Tie the ends of yarn from the piece sandwiched between the templates into a loose slipknot.

7. Once you have wrapped all your yarn onto the cardboard (or at least wrapped it several times), cut it off from the ball or skein. Slide your scissors between the two pieces of cardboard and cut the wrapped yarn all the way around.

8. When you are finished cutting, tighten your slipknot as tight as you can and knot it again to hold the pom-pom in place. The loose ends that dangle will attach the pom-pom to your garland.

9. Give your pom-pom a haircut to make sure it is even all around.

10. Using the same cardboard templates, repeat steps 4 through 9 to create additional pom-poms.

11. Once you have made all your pom-poms, cut a piece of yarn that is the desired length of your garland. Use the loose ends of yarn from your pom-poms to attach them to the garland yarn and cut off any excess.

WHO THOUGHT THIS UP

OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 1-8 p.m., weekdays except Tuesdays when they're closed, 12 noon-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to whollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.