Need some cute, yet frugal, last minute decorations? One great way is to learn how to make tissue paper pom poms! Once you master making them, you will be able to quickly throw together these beautiful decorations for your next baby shower, birthday party, or anniversary. Tissue paper pom poms can even add style and a pop of color to your wedding. They also make a great low-budget decoration for school dances, prom and graduation parties.
Do you own a retail store? You can even use tissue paper pom poms in your window display to draw attention to your store. They are very easy to make and will fit right into your budget. Tissue paper is fairly inexpensive and sold at most dollar stores and other department stores in your area. You can also buy tissue paper online, in bulk quantities, if you need to make a lot of tissue paper pom poms for a large party or wedding. Follow these simple steps to learn how to make beautiful tissue paper pom poms:
What You’ll Need
- Tissue Paper (10 sheets per pom pom)
- Bread Ties or Thin Wire
- Fishing Line or Ribbon (optional)
- Count out ten sheets of tissue paper. Most dollar stores sell a pack of twenty sheets for a dollar. So, you can make two out of one package of tissue paper. These really are an inexpensive, yet beautiful, decoration!
- Line your sheets up nice and neat and lay the stack on a flat work surface. You can make your tissue paper pom poms two-tone, using five sheets of two different colors, alternating them during this step.
- Starting at the edge of the tissue paper, fold the whole stack at about 1 to 1.5 inches in. Continue folding the entire stack accordion or fan style, until all of the tissue has been folded. Make sure that you crease each fold during this process to flatten the tissue paper.This will keep your pom pom snug and make them look nice and neat.
- Once you have completely folded the stack of tissue, you need to secure it. If you are really being frugal, use those leftover bread or garbage bag ties. You can also use thin wire like jewelry wire or floral wire. Place your wire or tie in the middle of the folded tissue paper. If you plan on hanging your pom poms from ribbon or fishing line, now is a good time to thread it around the wire. This will make it easier to hang later.
- After you have secured your tissue paper and looped a thread or line around the wire, you need to trim the ends of the tissue paper. During this step, you can get creative. The way you cut the edges of the tissue will determine what your pom pom will look like in the end. You can round the edges, point them into a triangle tip or square them off. Just remember the further you cut, the smaller the “petals” of your pom pom will be.
- Starting with one side, gently pull apart the layers of tissue paper. Use a gentle downward motion to fully expand your pom pom. Once you have pulled all the layers apart, start with the other side. Repeat these same steps until you have a fully-round pom pom. You don’t have to do both sides if you don’t want to or if you’re pressed for time. The half pom pom works great for sticking on walls, windows, and ceilings.
Tips and Tricks
- Make smaller tissue paper pom poms and use them as napkin rings, name card holders or mantle decorations .
- Attach a pom-pom to each chair at your table for a pop of color.
- Give the illusion of floating pom poms by hanging them from fishing line. Simply loop the wire with fishing line and tape it to the ceiling.
- Match your pom poms to any color scheme or holiday theme.
- Thin tissue paper works the best and is easy to work with. Go for the dollar store brand instead of pricey tissue paper.
- Great for teachers to add a touch of color to the classroom. Making them can even be used as a learning tool for color recognition.
- Reuse your pom poms over and over again, simply re-fluff before redecorating.