Hanging pom poms made out of tissue paper are pretty decorations for a party, wedding, or use for home decor. The pompoms can be made out of different colors of tissue paper or other materials such as cupcake wrappers or fabric. This page will show you a step by step tutorial and the different materials you can to make hanging Pom Poms. It is a trial and error process, which means you should keep trying until you get the look that you want. The most common material used is tissue paper, but I’ve made pom pom balls out of many things including cupcake wrappers, fabric, tulle, yarn and even flowers can be used to create these unique and pretty decorative pieces. You don’t have to be having a special event to hang these in your home, I’ve seen many people decorate their bedrooms or children’s room with a bunch of pretty pom poms hanging from the ceiling in a corner or over the bed.
DIY Tutorial for tissue paper pom poms with photos:
You will want to use a stack of between 8-10 standard sized sheets of tissue on top of one another. I got mine from the dollar store and it was sized 20×20, but I’ve also seen 20×30 which will also work fine. Measure along the longest side 1 and ½ inch wide marks to make your accordion fold. You will continue to repeat this step until all of the tissue paper has been folded into an accordion. You can do this using a bone folder to make nice crisp folds, or on a scoring table.
Now that you have the accordion folds completed you will need to find your center and take a piece of floral wire (or you can just use a plastic twist tie) and fold it in half. You will than will need to slip it over to the center of the folded tissue paper and then twist to tighten it. Next, you will need to take a pair of scissors and cut the ends of the tissue paper to give it more of a flower shape. You can choose to cut them into points, rounded edges or leave them square for different looks. Finally, fan out the tissue paper so that you have two sections on either side and then gently separate the layers of the tissue paper. This should make it look round like a pom pom.
You can find a variety of colors of tissue paper for use in your decorations. This is what they had at a local dollar store. Just be aware that what is in each package is only enough to make one large sized pom pom. You could mix different colors of paper or I really liked the polka dot and star patterns that they had. There are also multi-color packs, I haven’t tried using different colors within a single pom-pom, but that might look cool too.
When trying to learn how to make a pom pom out of tissue paper you are going to want to ensure that you have enough materials before you begin. There is nothing worse than starting a project and not being able to finish it due to lack of materials. The first time I tried to make a pom pom (photo below) I only had five sheets of tissue paper and it did not come out full enough. I think they also come out better the smaller and squarer the tissue paper is to begin with.
Making Pom Poms out of Fabric, Tulle, Cupcake Wrappers or Flowers
Use your imagination and follow the same steps
You can recreate these tissue paper pom poms to make the room you are decorating look beautiful for parties or just to make a room look nice for everyday use. You can repeat the steps above to make pom poms out of different materials like tulle, fabric, or flowers. When using these other materials you might need to use a Styrofoam ball as a base to glue the materials onto. When making the tulle pom pom, we used about 20 layers of tulle cut into squares so the ball was nice and full. I also pulled each section in opposite directions when poofing it to give it more volume. You can always play around with the size and shape of the materials that you use to ensure that the pom poms come together like you want it to. Sometimes fabric is a little heavier than tissue paper making it a little more flimsy. Smaller squares of fabric might work better than bigger squares.
This page contains ideas for making your own DIY garlands for easy party decorations. I made all of these at Halloween, but you can use the ideas for any time of year or celebration.
Everyone probably remembers back from Kindergarten how to make one of these paper chains. I cut 1 inch strips of paper from green and purple construction paper then tape or staple them into loops alternating my colors. The kids will enjoy making this one!
Use a Decorative Paper Punch
Spiderweb Paper Punch
Another idea I had for making a simple Halloween garland is to use a decorative edge paper punch, I have this neat Martha Stewart Spiderweb edge punch that I purchased to with other supplies to make a Halloween scrapbook this year. You could also use the 12 inch long chains of paper as a hanging garland, and don’t forget to make some paper spiders too.
This circle paper chain is made using 1 inch circles cut from a regular grocery store paper bag. I then sewed them all together using a sewing machine to create this long chain of circles. You could make it more Halloween themed by using orange and black paper, or sewing it with orange or black thread. Don’t forget other color combinations like purple and green too.
Bat Garland – I have a whole post with a printable template for making this bat garland, check it out!
String candy or popcorn or food
If you have a lot of extra Halloween candy around the house, I had this idea to create a chain out of candy. Using any type of wrapped candy, simply punch small holes in either side of the wrapper and string with embroidery floss or any thin type of string. The candy can still be eaten after you are finished with it as a decoration. Shown here is a chain I made from gold wrapped Werthers Original, but you could use any kind of candy you have on hand as long as the package has a good spot to punch holes that won’t make the candy go stale.
I created these ghost pop-up book as a cute Halloween centerpiece on my table. You can take an old book page and draw ghost shapes on two pages. I did them freehand, but you can use the below free ghost pattern printable if you would like a stencil or pattern to trace.
Then cut out the ghosts and draw some eyes or facial expressions with black marker. You could also punch holes for eyes. Finally create a pile of books with one open in the middle and tape your ghosts up onto the pages using a thin strip of card stock, cardboard or thick paper in the back to prop them up from behind.
I’ve had this little stool around my house for over 10 years! It was a piece of unfinished furniture I purchased at the craft store a long time ago. I don’t really remember why or what it’s intended use was originally. After all this time, I finally got around to painting it. I should have sanded it, but I was too impatient and I don’t like saw dust. I wanted to use a fun and bright color.
I used Martha Stewart paint in the color: SCALLION
I choose satin finish because I don’t like gloss finish on furniture. It took about 3 coats of paint and I just applied the paint with a small paint brush. Nothing fancy. I’m happy with how it turned out. A little colorful item like this can help cheer up a room as a cute accent piece. I plan to put some decorative flowers in a pot on top and use it in my front hallway.
It didn’t take long to complete. I’d say about 10 minutes per coat of paint, then I just let each dry for a few hours and did the next one. It took less then one tube of paint.
I’ve been eating a spinach and feta quiche from a local restaurant often, so I figured I would try making one at home. I came up with my own recipe to try. I used the following:
Spinach and Feta Quiche Recipe
1 cup milk
1 tbs Flour
3/4 cup Athenos Tomato & Basil flavored Feta Cheese
Handful of fresh spinach
1/2 tbs of butter
Salt and Pepper
9 inch frozen pie crust
Beat eggs, milk and flour in a large bowel and season with salt and pepper. I sauteed the spinach in the butter just long enough for it to wilt. Then in the 9 inch frozen pie crust I placed the feta cheese on the bottom and the spinach and any butter from the frying pan. Pour the egg mixture over top and place on a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 50 minutes or until center is firm. I used the tomato basil flavored feta cheese so I didn’t have to add additional seasoning, but if you just have plain feta, you could also season with dried basil or parsley. Fresh tomatoes would also be a great addition.
Quiche is a flexible food that can go well for lunch, brunch or breakfast. I eat quiche often, I started with a hash brown crusted quiche that I made all the time back in college using frozen hash brown patties. You can add just about any fillings. From bacon or ham, all kinds of cheeses. Try it sometime with your favorites.