I've been lucky enough to have fireplaces at our last two houses, which are not only good for actually making a fire in and feeling cozy, but also come in especially handy during the holiday season for decorating purposes. I've been doing a light up sign and other mini decorations each year on the mantel, but a fireplace is a prime spot to hang a garland as well. I saw a party decorating kit with giant gold mylar pom-poms, and I thought if I made my own and scaled down the size a bit, they would be perfect for the garland this year. These are really quick to make and there are lots of ways to use them in your holiday decor.
First, open your tissue paper and cut your layers of sheets in half down the long fold (you should have about 4-5 sheets of mylar). Fold one of the tissue halves over again lengthwise and use a few straight pins or paperclips to temporarily keep the layers together.
Use your scissors to cut 1 1/2" long slits into the non-folded edge of your mylar about every 1" or so. Open up the folded sheet and accordion fold the tissue at each slit mark until the whole sheet is folded.
Use the excess wire from securing the middle to make a loop, and tie your yarn or string through each loop to make your garland.
Since you can do this technique and make giant or tiny poms depending on the size of sheets you use, you can do lots of different things with them! Hang large ones over a table or buffet, make tiny ones into tree ornaments, fill a decorative bowl with them—whatever you want! I love how fluffy and shiny they look, and they really pop against the white fireplace. If you are looking for a DIY garland, check out some other ideas here, here, and here! Happy decorating! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.