Last Friday I showed some pictures of the baby shower my friend and I threw and I had lots of emails asking how we made the tissue paper pom poms hanging above the buffet table.
I LOVE decorating with these pom-poms whether it is for a party or in my house. I think they look especially cute in a child’s room. I love them because tissue paper is cheap, comes in so many colors, and because they are so big they really make an impact. If you have a bunch of these hanging up you don’t really need much else to decorate your party! And since you asked, I’ve put together a tutorial showing you how easy they are to make!
I really think you need at least 8 pieces of tissue paper to have a full pom-pom and I bet if you’re paper is thin enough you could even go up to 12 but that might be stretching it. In this case, cheaper really does work better. You need thin paper, the thicker your tissue is the harder it is to separate the layers. Dollar store tissue paper works really well.
In the example I’m using 4 white and 4 pink and alternating each color to give my pom-pom a two tone look.
You do want to use some sort of wire instead of just regular string because you’ll need something a little stronger to hold it in place. If you are going to hang your pom-poms from the ceiling you can also tie the string right onto the wire.
When you trim the edges of the paper you’ll see another reason why you want thin tissue! You can clearly see that my rounded edge isn’t perfectly smooth but it is okay, once the layers are all separated you won’t be able to notice. And trimming the edges in different shapes will give you a different look as well. You can trim the edges into a point, half circles, inverted triangle, etc.
Now you have to decide if you want your pom-pom to be completely round or just 1/2 round. At the baby shower we put our pom-poms right up against the window so we made ours 1/2 round. If you wanted really big, full pom-poms you could make two 1/2 round and add them together.
Once you decide what kind you want to make the next step is to separate the layers. You’ll want to do this gently because the paper could tear if you’re not careful. And if you do tear it a little don’t panic, just fix it with a little piece of tape and keep going. You probably won’t even notice once the pom-pom is all fluffed up.
But once the other side is all separated as well it does look pretty good.
You can see what I mean by a 1/2 round pom-pom by looking at the back. If I had folded the other layers the opposite direction it would be completely round. Or like I said earlier I could make two of these and put them back to back for a really full pom-pom.
Despite the fact that there are a million pictures in this tutorial hopefully you can tell how easy it is to make these fun decorations! I made these sitting on my couch and using my coffee table as my work surface all while watching a little Netflix. Easy peasy.
I really appreciated the questions about this project so if you ever have any more requests for a tutorial/post please let me know! I’d love to share!