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Saturday, January 28, 2012

DIY Tissue Paper Pom-Poms {tutorial}

When I knew for sure that I was having a girl last year, I knew I wanted to make something fun for over her crib. I found a photo of tissue paper pom-poms and was immediately smitten. Not only do they make adorable and festive decorations for parties/events, I think they're perfect for a mobile too. 

Here's how to make a simple pom-pom. I'll share about putting together a mobile in a separate post. {stay tuned!}

What I Used:
  • White thread 
  • Tissue Paper ~ About 3 full sheets per pom-pom {I chose pink and blue}
  • Scissors
What I Did:
  1. I took 3 sheets of tissue paper in one color and cut it in half lengthwise, stacking the now 6 pieces on top of each other. {Keep in mind here, the more tissue paper you use, the thicker your pom-pom will be. Have some fun with it and figure out what you need to complete the look you're going for.}

  2. Taking one end of the tissue paper stack {on the short side}, I began accordion folding the paper. My                folds were about an inch a piece. {Don't worry about being exact, here. "Close enough" is just right.}

 3. After the tissue paper was folded up, I folded it all in half, matching end to end.

  4. Wire can be used to close this up, but I choose to use thread. Placing the end on the fold I just created, I started wrapping it around. I wrapped it about 10 times, knotted it off, and left the tail of the thread nice and long so I could use it for hanging later.

  5. I cut both ends of the folded tissue paper to round it off. If you prefer, you could cut it in a point as well.

6. I fanned out both sides of the pom-pom as pictured above.

  7. Gently taking one piece of paper at a time, I pulled it up from the stack and in toward the wrapped center. 

  8.  I did this on both sides and then played with the paper a bit to give it a nice, rounded finish. 

Wa-Lah! Tissue paper pom-poms are done! These are so easy and quick to make. 

**Updated to add: **
Find out how to use these pom-poms to make a mobile HERE!



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