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Finish off your tree with this fun, festive garland. A tribute to 1980s pop-culture, this simple decoration is a modern twist on the classic strung popcorn and paper-chains. With a few simple supplies, you can make this treasure in no time!
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Step 1: Materials

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For this project, I used:

  • Pompom fringe in two different sizes
  • Craft paint in blue, yellow, red, green, white
(yellow + red = orange / red + white = pink / blue + white + a little green = light teal)

  • Tacky glue (works better than standard white glue in this case)
  • Googly eyes
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • (not pictured) Black Sharpie

NOTE: I pose this as an alternative solution to my steps here:

Use colored pompoms sold in packets rather than while ball fringe. It will be less time- and material-consuming. The downside to this may be that they don't hold their shape as well. Once painted, the pompoms become quite firm and easier to work with.

If you try the alternative option, skip to step 3, and make sure to post pictures!!!!!!

Step 2: Paint pompoms

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Follow the same steps for each color:

  • Dilute paint in some water. The more paint, the stiffer the resulting pompom. The more water, the less deep the resulting color.
  • Soak LARGE pompoms in colored solutions. It won't take long for the pompom to absorb the color .
(small pompoms will be used as the white dots pac-man gobbles)

  • Let dry

Step 3: Shape pompoms

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Now it's time to make your characters!

  • Cut all pompoms away from fringe base
  • Cut slice in yellow pompoms for pac-man's mouth
  • Cut bottoms of other pompoms flat
  • With black marker, draw two triangles on flat side of pompom, front and back. Color in flat bottom
  • Glue on googly eyes
ishiyasu10 months ago

WoW!! That brings back memories ;)

bridge474 years ago
I am going to make a video game themed tree with my boyfriend and this is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this great 1908 craft with us!
poser6 years ago
old school! but its still kewl....i think
scoochmaroo (author) 6 years ago
1908????? Thanks for the heads-up guys!!
knexfan91826 years ago
pac man was out in 1908!?!?!
f3rg6 years ago
1908s pop culture? Now that's old school!
codongolev6 years ago
you have too much time. and you're awesome, which makes up for it. WOCKAWOCKAWOCKAWOCKA