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St. Patrick’s Day Pom Pom Decorations

The seasons are changing and I am finding that time here in the Pacific Northwest that I am still hopeful to see some snowflakes, yet squealing in delight as I see spring bulbs starting to burst through the soggy dirt.

The red, pink and white from Valentine’s day are packed away and now the spring green and glittery gold colors are starting to pop up around the house.

Years ago, a neighbor cleaned out their bin of crafts and gave my girls some unused crafting goodies.  In there was some cute colorful pom poms.  I have this window by front door that is small enough to look out, yet big enough to let light in and show off all the little finger and nose prints on the window.

I actually don’t even recall how and when I came across the fishing wire on my husbands work bench. ¬†I don’t recall him fishing. And we don’t talk too much about that time he came back from fishing with a fish hook in his cheek. ¬†Anyway, as I was trying to find the best way to string¬†these pom poms together, the fishing wire find was a light bulb! ¬†It’s clear, flexible and makes a great hidden string.

A trip to Hobby Lobby got me the cute gold glittery pom poms!

Craft items needed for Pom Pom Decorations

  • Craft pom poms
  • Fishing wire
  • Needle
  • Hanging tools such as Command Hooks
  • Old magazines (to store your pom pom strand, trust me on this!)
  • Clear packing tape

craft pom pom diy

pom pom craft diy

pom pom crafts

I don’t do much sewing, or much mending for that matter. ¬†But I keep this little tote and push pin and needle holder handy.

pom pom craft diy

Thread your needle and tie a double knot in the other end of your string so your first pom pom won’t slide right off the end!

Now start to string your first pom pom!  My daughter helped me select each pom pom.  She had fun figuring out a pattern to match when we did two strings side by side.

pom pom craft diy

pom pom craft diy

pom pom craft diy

Now, take it from my experience that when you want to take this down and store for next year you can do this the hard way or take a few extra minutes and prepare something so it is a dream to unpack in next year and not a nightmare.

So my lesson learned was that you can’t just carefully lay this in your tote and happily pull it out next year. ¬†It will inevitably tangle up into a knotted mess that will probably make you add a few quarters to your swear jar and throwing the whole thing away.

I have a great way for you to store it that makes it so much easier. ¬†Grab an old magazine and roll it. ¬†Then secure it on both ends with packing tape, masking tape, what ever you have handy. ¬†But make sure it’s not just Scotch tape as it is not strong enough.

garland storage hack

garland storage hack

Then secure one end of the clear wire over over the taped part of your magazine roll.  Now carefully start to wrap it around the magazine.

garland storage hack

My only other tip I have about this is do ONE magazine for ONE garland strand.  Again, speaking from experience here!  The clear, thin wire still manages to get tangled up in each other and becomes a mess.  Just make it easy on your future self and store them separately!

This is fun to do with all the different season or even birthdays with the birthday boy or girls favorite colors.

How to Make a Ribbon Topiary

Don’t you just love a good craft project? ¬†Where you can spread out all the materials around and just think of the possibilities? ¬†Making a ribbon topiary is a simple project to add a splash of color to your space and create some height where ever you decide to place it.

I am going to be redoing mine and will show you as I go along just how simple this project is!

Here is my old topiary when I had my little office space pink, brown and white. ¬†(Mode & Brown for any Gamma Phi’s out there!).

I recently painted the accent wall in my office¬†a pretty peach (go figure!). So I wanted to redo my topiary with new coordinating ribbon. I chose some with different textures (sheer, ribbed, wired, satiny). ¬†Also look in the sewing aisle for Rick Rack (the gray wavy ribbon at bottom of photo). ¬†Other smaller ribbons were on end displays. ¬†Keep your eye out. ¬†The best ribbon isn’t in the obvious spots!

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Small Planter
  • Peat Moss
  • Different sized and textured ribbon in coordinating colors
  • Pins
  • Wooden Dowel
  • Styrofoam Balls (2, one to fit inside and one to be a balanced shape at top)

I looked for a different planter and base, but I didn’t find one I liked. ¬†So, I painted the one I had. ¬†Lucky me, I already had white and silver metallic spray paint!

Here’s a tip for spray painting a small item:

Find a box, open it up until 3 walls are open and you have the base in tact.  Place the item inside and spray with out the mist getting on anything in the area. I taped off this edge so I could spray silver on the inside of the pot.

Once dry, I placed the smaller styrofoam ball in the bottom of pot.  Work the dowel through the ball.  Place the larger ball at top.  Place peat moss around to cover styrofoam ball.

Next, the fun part! ¬†I recommend putting your self in front of Netflix or your favorite TV show is this is not a quick 5 minute project. ¬†But your patience will be rewarded every time you look at your beauty. ¬†Plus, if you’re like me, a little project like this is just good for the soul. ¬†It forces you to just relax, SIT, and focus on one task.

Back to the fun part, cutting each ribbon into small strips, rolling and pinning! I can’t really give you the exact measurement to cut as I didn’t measure with a tape measure. ¬†And I don’t know the size of your project. ¬†I simply rolled a piece of ribbon still on the spool held it up close to the ball and gave it a good look until I knew from the look that it was just right. ¬†You’ll know. ¬†From that first piece, I used that as my guide. ¬†Good news, this doesn’t need size for every single piece. ¬†As long as it just ever so slight give a nice look to your piece.

Keep at it with different ribbons, placing them at different angles to give it some movement and play.

I was lucky enough to have my 12 year old want to volunteer and help!  We had quite the system, one would measure and cut ribbon and the other would roll it and pin it.  It was a fun time together.  And no one got hurt.  Too much!

Have fun choosing your coordinating colors!  You could even change this up seasonally. I know I am enjoying this in my work space!

Welcome!

Well friends…here I go!  I’m starting a blog.  I hope you will enjoy Living Oh So Peachy as much as I do.

So, what’s it going to be all about?

Well, I’m a wife and a mom.  Like so many of you, I spend a lot of time planning and keeping this household functioning.  It would all fall apart without us, right? ūüôā Not everything is oh so loving about it, but it’s all about making the best of what we have…and loving what we have and what we have created for ourselves.  To me, it’s creating my life to get to that happy place of everything is just “oh so peachy”!

I plan on sharing with you ideas that I hope will inspire you. I love creating and I love sharing ideas with friends.  I love discovering a new food flavor or project idea and the first thing I think of is “Oh, I have to share this”.  This will be a place I can bring it all together.

I will share good eats that I love making that I discovered on my journey of reducing processed foods in our family diet.  Many of them are long time recipes, just adapted with healthier real food choices.

I will share fun sips for girls night out (or in!), party time, cozy night in with your love or that occasion when you can indulge in some day drinkin’!

I will share simple ideas that you can include in your daily routine of house cleaning, family planning and making our house feel like your home.

Cheers to this adventure of Living Oh So Peachy!

~Angie

Read more about me here.