Making a Sweet Valentine Garland with Hearts and Pom Poms

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My sweet boys usually steal my heart, but this time, I stole theirs…for my sweet Valentine garland! Read on to learn how a Pinterest photo and my kids’ artwork inspired this Valentine garland with hearts and pom-poms.

Valentine garland with felt and pom pom garland

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A Valentine’s Day Pinterest Challenge

If you’ve followed my blog for some time, you know I love a good challenge! My friend Cindy from County Road 407 hosts this fun Pinterest Challenge each month to stimulate creativity and encourage everyone to “try this at home.”

Pinterest Challenge Blog Tour

The plan is to take one Pinterest photo and recreate it at home using our own unique styles. If it sounds like fun, that’s because IT IS!

Be sure to check out the posts from all the bloggers at the end of this post!

Welcome to First Day of Home!

If you’re visiting from My Wee Abode, we need to become friends immediately. Julie is one of my blogging besties, not to mention one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet! She’s on speed dial.

You’re probably still swooning over her velvet heart garland, so I’ll give you a moment to collect yourself before we dive into the challenge.

The Inspiration Photo: Valentine’s Day Garland

This month, we have a sweet farmhouse Valentine’s Day garland from Refresh Living as inspiration for our challenge.

Neutral farmhouse Valentines garland from Refresh Living

Jenny combined pom-poms and yarn hearts for a neutral, rustic farmhouse look. This would match any decor and has such a soft, charming feel.

I decided to incorporate the same sweetness of Jenny’s banner by including homemade pom-poms, but I added a bit more color.

Valentines Day garland with pink ombre pom-poms and felt hearts

Since my decor has plenty of neutrals already, I wanted a little more pop of Valentine’s colors for contrast.

Instead of yarn hearts, I took the liberty of making felt hearts. (This is where I got a little inspiration from my young boys. More on that later.)

I’ve put together a quick tutorial below if you’d like to make your own Valentine heart garland as well.

How to Make a Valentine Garland

Valentines day garland with felt hearts and pom-poms

While Jenny uses a great method for making pom-poms with a fork, I’m obsessed with the new pom-pom makers I bought! (You can see them in action in my winter mantel decor.)

Beyond that, you’ll really only need a handful of supplies to make this Valentine’s Day garland!

Valentine Garland Supplies

  • Pom-pom maker
  • Yarn
  • Felt pieces
  • Embroidery floss or thread
  • Jute rope
  • Needles for floss and jute
  • Scissors
  • Poly-fil or cotton balls (optional)

I have a YouTube video showing how to make this garland, which has plenty of details on making the perfect yarn pom-poms and felt hearts.

Valentine's Day garland with felt hearts and pom poms
Full YouTube Video Tutorial (click above to watch)

Step 1: Create pom-poms in alternating colors

To make my pom-poms, I used a beautiful set of ombre yarn I found at Hobby Lobby.

Making pom-poms with pom-pom maker

You can make your pom-poms any size and as full or thin as you like. I wound each side of my pom-pom maker about five times back and forth before cutting the yarn.

Finished pom-pom for Valentine garland

After creating your pom-poms, you’ll want to give them a haircut to even out any stray pieces of yarn.

(Some of my pom-poms are still having a bad hair day, but I’m okay with that.)

Step 2: Cut felt hearts and stitch edges

Here’s where I got inspiration from my twin boys! My kids love to craft, too. (Go figure.) In fact, they tape their creations to the walls all over the house.

Recently, they taped up a 4-foot skinny red heart with the word “Joy” in the middle. (They wrote the “J” backward.)

Cue the heartstrings!

Felt hearts with overcast stitching

In a little wink to my sons, I decided to freehand a few skinny hearts for my garland to spread their joy around the house.

To me, the overcast stitch adds a playful, casual texture. (Correct me, please, if it’s not called an overcast stitch!)

Step 3: Fill hearts with Poly-Fil or cotton (optional)

I had a giant bag of Poly-Fil left from the pretend campfire set I sewed a while back, so I used a small amount to add dimension to my felt hearts before stitching them closed.

Filling felt hearts with poly-fil before stitching closed

Cotton balls would work just fine, too!

Step 4: String pom-poms and hearts onto jute string

The final step in making your Valentine garland is putting it all together on a piece of string or cord. I simply tie a “belt” around the middle of my pom-poms to hang them.

Valentine garland with hearts and pom poms

This Valentine’s Day garland can also work with a moody background.

Valentines day garland with felt hearts and pom poms on jute cord

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Continue Your Tour

Aren’t you curious to know what the other bloggers came up with for this Pinterest Challenge?

Continue your tour with the links below!

Next up is Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip! She’s sure to have some awesome DIY projects in store for you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine garland with felt hearts and pom poms

How to Make a Valentine Garland

Author: firstdayofhome.com
Make a sweet farmhouse Valentine garland to add some quick DIY decor to your home this Valentine's Day.
You can easily make this heart garland in just a few steps using felt and pom-poms.
4.7 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Project Type Arts & Crafts
Cost (US$)10
Yield 1



  • yarn
  • felt
  • embroidery floss
  • jute cord
  • Needles to thread cord
  • Poly-fil or cotton (optional)


  • Create pom-poms in various sizes using pom-pom maker or fork method. Wind yarn around pom-pom maker about 5-6 times back and forth for best results.
  • Cut heart shapes out of felt and use embroidery floss to make overcast stitch around edges. Leave a 2-inch opening.
  • Before sewing heart closed completely, insert a small amount of poly-fil or cotton balls to give hearts dimension. Then, sew closed.
  • Thread jute cord through felt hearts and around pom-pom centers (like a belt) to hang.
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  1. Sounds like you have some special boys! Crafting is so good for kids – my girls used to craft with me so much when they were little. I miss those days so much! Your garland is just adorable Crissy!! Pinned 🙂

    1. Aw, thanks, Cindy! Yes, I’m just soaking up all these good memories before my boys grow up completely. I so appreciate you stopping by and pinning too!

    1. Hi McKenna! Thanks so much. I probably bought it at either Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I hope you can find some good felt! These days I can imagine it might be tougher with supply issues companies are facing. Good luck to you, and let me know how it turns out. You can always tag me on Instagram if you’re on there! @firstdayofhome

  2. This is too cute, and I love that you were inspired by your boys’ sweet drawings! (My kids tape drawings all over the house, too!)

    1. Thank you, CiCi! Yes, they will have their own blogs someday, I imagine. They’re always coming up with crazy ideas, just like Mommmy! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Hi Beverly! Thanks so much for the feature! I will definitely stop by. I’m glad you got some ideas, and I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Thanks again!

    1. Thank you, Christy! I’m having a blast with this new set to make pom-pom makers. My boys can’t resist helping, too. Happy Valentine’s Day (a little early)!

  3. Crissy, I love the inspiration your boys gave to you to create your pompom heart garland! Very sweet… I haven’t tried the pompom makers yet but they sure turn out pretty poms. <3
    Loving your garland!!!

    Heartfelt hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thanks, sweet Barb! I appreciate your kind words. I’m trying to find ways to involve my boys so they don’t think of Mommy as being “too busy with the blog.” I want them to be kind and creative people when they grow up.
      Big hugs back to you! -Crissy

    1. Hi Allyson! Thanks so much for stopping by! I love Andrea’s site. She always has such great inspiration from bloggers there. I’ll stop by and pay you a visit, too!

    1. Thank you, Laura! It was a little labor of love, but I adored the look on my son’s face when I told him I modeled my hearts after the one he made. Priceless. Happy Almost February to you, too!

  4. It’s just adorable! I love the felt hearts and I had no idea there was such a thing as a pom-pom maker. How fun!

    Your garland looks beautiful and the pinks just pop!

    So fun hopping with you. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. You’re so sweet. Thank you, Amber! I love how you made your pom-poms, too! That’s a great hack! It’s always fun hopping with you as well. Happy Valentine’s Day, my friend!

  5. Crissy, we must have had DIY telepathy on this project girlfriend. We obviously think alike when it comes to our Valentine decorations. Aren’t those pom~pom makers so cool? I know you are enjoying your garland as much as we are.

    1. Too funny, Carol! I can’t believe we both had such similar ideas, but I always knew I liked your style. 😉 Enjoy your sweet garland, and thanks for visiting!

  6. Think I’ve got a case of pom-pom maker envy. After seeing all the cute garland with poms today, I want to make some of my own. Like your little-bit-more-colorful version, Crissy!

    1. I’m going to start a pom-pom support group because I think they’re going to be everywhere this year. Thanks for the kind words, Lora! Happy Valentine’s Day a little early!

  7. I love the overcast stitch you used on your felt heart garland… and your pom-poms look pretty near perfect to me… Makes me want to go buy a kit and start making a mound of poms! Pinned… and I’m so glad I’m on your speed-dial, too! 😉

    1. Thank you, my sweet pal! I think we’re on the verge of a pom-pom explosion. I’m just going to begin each of my next few posts with “DIY Pom-Pom…” LOL! Thanks for pinning…and especially for always being on speed-dial!

  8. Girl, I adore your garland! The color, the hearts with fun stitching, the huge pom poms – it’s all fabulous! I seriously need to hang with you. I love all your craftiness. Maybe you can rub my head or something for encouragement?! Thank you so much for joining us. You are so clever. Pinned!

    1. Aww, thanks, Cindy! I would LOVE to hang with you. You’d have me laughing all day long! I don’t think you need me to rub any creativity off on you, though. Thanks for the sweet comments and for pinning!

    1. Thanks so much, Laura. Yes, my boys and I like to inspire each other. It cracks me up when they imitate me doing a YouTube video. I think I’m creating future influencers! LOL!

    1. Thank you, Katie! Yes, felt is so cheap there, and there are so many fun things you can do. I saw some felt Christmas ornaments on Etsy that I’m dying to make this year.

    1. Thank you Terrie. Yes, you’ll fall in love with these pom-pom makers. The set I bought has many different sizes, so you can make all types of things. Hope you have a great week!

  9. Your garland is beautiful, Crissy! I love that hearts that your boys made inspired the hearts on your garland. A pom-pom maker is a handy tool. My grandmother used to help us make pom-poms using a piece of cardboard. That worked fine, but your pom-pom maker looks to be too easy to pass up. I can picture your littles using it to make pom-poms for their own crafts.

    1. Thanks so much, Paula. I’ll bet you have fond memories of making those pom-poms with your grandmother. In my upcoming video, you can see one of my boy’s hands squeezing a pom-pom while I’m filming. LOL! He couldn’t resist the temptation!