How To DIY A Pom-Pom Lamp (Or Anything)

How To DIY A Pom-Pom Lamp (Or Anything) - the confused millennial, millennial blog

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If you caught this post on major life transitions, you know E and I moved into 3x the space, from previously 100% furnished apartments, and got a dog all in one month! Getting a mattress, couch, kitchenware and well basically everything feels totally overwhelming at times.

People keep walking into our house (even though we’ve prepped them saying we don’t own anything) and say “oh.” #SMH

 

 

 

However we are moving into our second month now and do have some thing in place. I decided on my office decor at the end of April: Jungalow(ish). In June, I’ll be revealing the entire office, but until then, I wanted to show you how I DIY’ed this lamp

Turns out, Michaels, Joann’s, and Amazon don’t really sell pom-poms that large (or that don’t look like crap). Instead I decided to make my own pom-poms.

The Materials:

A lamp

Pom -Pom Maker

Yarn or Tulle of Choice

Scissors

Thread

Needle or Tape

The Inspo:

I’ve been obsessed with this brassy tripod find from Target for months! When I finally decided on an office theme, I used some pom inspiration from Nordstrom baskets.

If you’re looking for tassels instead of poms, check out this tassel fringe planter.

The Steps:

Get your nifty pom maker tool, yarn, thread, and scissors ready.

Okay before we jump into steps, I need to pause and talk about yarn. Not all yarns are created equal. I took the above picture after my supply run at a local store. First, the pom pom maker was cheaper on Amazon, second the Sugar Cream is a 100% cotton yarn (I even used it to tie my turkey last year!). In other words, it doesn’t have that “yarn” texture you would think of. It’s a sturdy non flammable option. When used for pom poms, it looks raggedy (bottom right). Instead look for a more traditional wooly yarn that will give you a fuller look.

Wrap the yarn around the arm of the pom pom maker. For a fuller looking pom, make sure you are wrapping TIGHT and pushing the yarn to the side to get as much on as possible. For a looser pom, you don’t need as much yarn on the arm:

Cut down the middle of the arms:

Next, slip the string between the lip of the pom pom maker. Pull it down through to the other side, criss cross the strings, and repeat. We did this multiple times to get it really tight since this is the center of the pom holding everything together. Be careful not to break your thread, but if you do just add a new piece to where you’re at (no need to restart the entire pom). The key is to be even and tight.

 

Release and Shake!

Each pom takes about 5 minutes.

Next you need to get the poms on the lamp. Start by measuring the circumference of the lamp shade, divide that by the number of poms you have or want on it. Space the poms according to your findings/preference.

You’ll also want to measure the length of the dangling string. I would recommend no more than 1/4 inch length. Lastly, affix the poms to the lamp via sewing  them to the shade or taping them inside. If you choose tape, make sure you’re using LED bulbs, otherwise it could cause the tape to melt/catch fire!

Finished Product

Voila!

I love this little hack most of all because it ties the room together by pulling colors from a piece of art in this case.

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  • OMG, they’re so cute! Having a cat (who’s obsessed with pom poms), made me automatically obsessed with pom poms, haha.

    Cristina | *janded

  • Candy Kage

    Even I could make this, first I have to get me one of those pom pom makers.

  • LOVE how it came out! You know I love my poms! SO cute!

  • This is so cute!!! I love the look of it and am dying to make one now.

  • Leah Weber

    I’ve made pom poms for my baby girls nursery before and they were so fun to make! I love the idea of putting them on baskets!

  • Sydney Power

    Oh my goodness, what a fun and simple DIY!! I just love it!

  • Daynna Hartjes

    Omg this is so cute! I really want to try it, hopefully it won’t end up being a Pinterest fail for me, haha! Thanks for sharing this, Rachel! 🙂

  • Acasha Bowie

    This is such a cute project!! I’m not good at DIY but I think I could attempt this

  • Oh it looks awesome! I can’t wait to see the whole space!

  • I’m really not that into pom poms but I LOVE that you tied it in with your art!!!

  • Heather Lovelett

    Ah that is too cute! And pretty simple looking!! I love it!

  • Miss ALK

    What a fun lamp! The cutest way to brighten up an office space!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • I love adding personal touches and diy projects to my apartment-it makes the space feel so much more homey. The way you spruced up that lamp is so much fun! Your office is going to feel like a party (:

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Those pom poms are so cute! I had no idea there was a pom pom maker. Love the colors you chose! Such a fun way to spice something up.

  • Ohmygosh! What an amazing idea! Love how adorable it looks and how easy it is to do! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂 I’ll have to find a place in my condo for a pom lamp.

    Jenn
    http://www.honeydewblog.com

  • Sarah Jean

    Rachel that is so cute. And fun!! The lamp is having a good time. 🙂

  • Zan Turner

    I’ve been wanting to search how to DIY pom poms on lamp shades.Recently, I bought some pom pom to do a few crafts for the girls rooms and some extras for when inspiration hits!! Thank you for the great tutorial!! Pinning!

  • Cute! Pompoms are so fun!

  • This came out so cute! haha I feel like somehow my uncrafty self would find a way to mess this up.

  • Alex Lo

    This lamp is SO cute!!! and it seems like it’s not too difficult to do..even for me! haha

  • What a cute DIY! I love how it’s so simple yet it added a fun, pop of color! 🙂

  • Cute, cute, cute! Love a good DIY project!

  • Ashley

    This is SO cute!! What a fab DIY project!!

  • This is such a fun idea! Definitely saving it I. The hopes that I get my dream office one of these days 🙂

  • poms poms are so in right now. I just can’t get myself to actually wear anything with it but this lamp is cute.

  • Patricia Conte

    I’m a little obsessed with pom poms! This is so adorable and I bet your office is going to look amazing!

  • Amanda K

    This is such a cute and easy idea!

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  • This is beyond adorable, makes the lamp so happy!

  • Omg this is so cute! I’m obsessed and am totally going to start putting pom poms on everything!

  • SOOOO CUTE! I made garland like this for my wedding 3 years ago. But I def did not have that handy dandy little tool and it took FOREVER to make them all by hand. This is awesome. lol

  • Yulissa Rosario Santiago

    This is so cute! I would love tonpom pom something ?

  • Jalisa Marie

    This is the cutest. I’m starting to love Pom Pom anything.

  • What a great idea! I love the pom poms, so fun! We have that same lamp in our living room. Love Target! 🙂

    xx, E | https://everelaine.com

  • These are so adorable.. had no idea it was so simple! Ready to try for my home.

  • Emmy Massey

    This is such a cute idea! I laughed at the beginning of your post because we get the same “oh” when people walk into our house. We downgraded significantly and practice minimalism so our place is small and bare. The comments from visitors are pretty funny.

  • SO freaking cute! I love yarn poms!

  • Pompoms are everywhere! Loved this super easy and simple DIY 🙂

  • This is adorable! I really do need to make this for our house. I am loving all the colorful pom poms everywhere lately.

  • This is so cute! We’ve got the same lamp. Maybe I’ll dress it up! I also love the basket you used for inspiration. My sister recently redid her room so I’m going to share this DIY with her.

  • Neely

    What are the odds my husband would let me have a pom lamp in our room? 🙂

  • Interesting… I’ve been thinking of what else I can use the pom pom tool besides the tulle garland I created for the nursery! I love how the yarn gives the pom poms a totally different look than tulle!

  • Victoria

    LOVE! pom poms everywhere please! I tried to make a basket for my sons room but he ended up destroying the pom poms. I want to try again now that he is older. haha

  • This lamp is way too cute! Adding this simple detail really makes the space. Such a great idea hun!

    Xo,
    Courtney
    http://www.courtneyfashionista.com

  • Oh my gosh, this is adorable!! Would love to make one like this! So creative, Rachel. 🙂

  • mckenna bleu

    This diy is seriously so adorable! I would have never thought of a pom pom lamp! But I love it, and the inspo!

  • Ann

    This is such a great idea. Ive always wanted to make Pom Pom for our daughter but never really tried it. Thanks for sharing this idea.

  • Bella Bucchiotti

    Such a fun DIY!!! You are so creative.

  • Anna Hubbard

    This DIY is so fun and cute, Rachel! I also had no idea that pom pom makers even existed!

  • Why and I just learning there is a “Pom Pom Maker”?!?!?!?!!! This is tooooo cute. My husband is going to hate I found this post. POM POM EVERYTHING!

  • Madi Dodd

    I love the way this looks! I also have had my eye on a lamp like that!

  • Love this idea and cannot wait to see the full office once you reveal it 🙂

  • I need this lamp!! I’m seriously obsessed with the pom pom trend!

  • Ruthie Ridley

    OMG so cute and creative!! Love that lamp!

  • Taylor Mobley

    This is SO stinking cute!! I would love do add some poms to some things around my house!

  • I love how it turned out! So cute! I also never knew there was such a thing as a pom pom maker haha.

  • Greta Hollar

    This is such a cute idea for a lamp! It really brightens up the corner.

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • Justine Y

    I am a fan of pom poms, I just think they’re so fun! I’ve never used an actual pom pom maker before though, looks way easier!

  • Way too cute! What a clever idea to spice up a lampshade by adding pom poms.

  • Erica Crawford-Terry

    Wow! This lamp is so cute and creative. I would have never thought that adding pom poms could make such a difference. Love it!

  • Leeza Smith

    loving the pom pom trend! super cute

  • There’s a pom pom maker? OMG I’ve been doing it the hard way! This is too cute, and so creative. I need to do something like this for my room. Thanks for the idea! Hope you don`t mind me stealing it for my room =)

  • Elly Leavitt

    loving this!! so bright and cheery and perfect for summer. & good luck with the rest of the decor, i’m sure it will all work out! x

  • Kristal Xavier

    Adding those pom pom really did not brighten up those plants. The pom pom are so cute I did not know they were so easy to make.

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