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How to make tissue paper pom poms

How to make tissue paper pom poms

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:
how to make tissue paper pom poms

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.

Tissue Paper

tissue paper

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
how to make pom poms

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.

hanging party decorations

Painting a Stool

Painting a Stool

painted stool

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.

Easy Room Makeover using Pillow Slip Covers

Easy Room Makeover using Pillow Slip Covers

pillow slip covers

You can use your existing throw pillows and cover them with a pillow cover or slipcover to change up the look of your room. This can be an easy way to makeover a room, without making a permanent change. You can have seasonal themes with different color schemes and holiday patterns. Changing your throw pillows can really change the overall look and feel to a room by adding pops of color. You can modernize your design by using geometric patterns and bold colors. Soften a room by using floral prints or pastels. Give the room a traditional look by using damask print or stripes. Keep up with current trends like boho chic, tribal, chevron patterns and Moroccan quatrefoil tiles.

One of the easiest sewing projects for a beginner is to make is a pillow slip cover. You just need a piece of fabric about the same height as your pillow (about 1-2 inch larger for seam) and 2 times as wide. You then fold both halves of the fabric toward the back, overlapping the pocket area by a few inches. Sew the edge of what will be the open pocket of the back of the pillow for a cleaner look. Then wew across the top and bottom, leaving the hole in the back where you slip in your pillow. The overlap of fabric will make it look finished without a lot of sewing or complicated seams.

I did this in the photo, except I used a quilted front piece that I sewed together in patches before completing the instructions above.