How To Make Paper Pom Poms

by Destri on April 26, 2010

We have our first guest for Make it Monday! Natasha from Occupation: Housewife is with us today showing how to make the ever popular pom poms.  I hope you will give her a warm welcome.  Have you seen her blog?  You should, she is always finding great stuff!  I love this one in particular, she provides a link where you can print it off.

On to her project!

If your children are anything like mine, they’re planning their next birthday party even if they’ve just celebrated their last one.  My daughters can spend an entire year dithering about what they want: from what kind of cake they want to what games they’ll play, but one thing I know I can count on is that we’ll make paper pom poms.  I learned how to make them out of an old issue of Martha Stewart Weddings and since then, they’ve become a staple at our birthday parties.  They’re simple to make and a few of them go a longer way than dozens of balloons.  Interested in making them?  Here’s how:
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • 16 sheets of tissue paper
Stack together eight sheets of tissue.
Make 1 inch-wide accordion folds, creasing well with each fold.  Repeat with the remaining eight sheets of tissue.
Fold a 12-inch piece of floral wire over the center of the folded tissue and twist.  Repeat with other folded tissue.
Trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.  I cut rounded edges but the pointy ones remind me of dahlias and are very pretty too.
You should now have two tissue paper bow ties.
Carefully separate the layers of tissue paper, pulling away each sheet from the center one at a time.  This can be tricky and the tissue might tear but don’t be discouraged.  The final result is so fluffy and spherical that no one will notice a few tears.
Repeat this with your other tissue paper bow tie.
Now you should have two paper flowers.  Tie them together in the middle and now you’ll have a big, round paper pom pom to hang.
Thanks Natasha!  I love the idea of doing a bunch of little ones and leaving wire attached to put in a vase.  Make some pretty flowers, no?
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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Courtney April 26, 2010 at 6:41 am

geez i guess i thought it would be a lot harder to do that but nope that seems easy peasy! very cute


Destri April 26, 2010 at 6:48 am

I know, right? I thought the same thing till she sent this to me.


Suzanne April 26, 2010 at 7:35 am

got to use this for a party or mother’s day decor! thanks for the know how;)


Cindy April 26, 2010 at 9:16 am

Thank you!
I think I’ve seen actual kits to make these in the craft store. I suspected they were super easy so I didn’t touch them. I felt like I should just know instinctively how to make them since I have a BFA. But I didn’t and was feeling rather inadequate. Well, no longer! I will be doing some these up today (for the children of course)! ;)


Aubrey April 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Yay! I have been meaning to figure out how to make these! My daughter wants to have a Fancy Nancy b-day party and I was thinking something like these to hang around would be adorable! Thank you thank you!


Margo April 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I can just picture these hanging from a ceiling and brightening up long tables laden with food for a festive party feel! Mmmmmm, now that I think, they would be perfect either for May Day or for a Cinco de Mayo celebration – in the bright colors of the Mexican flag of course for the latter!


Destri April 27, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Awesome idea! I was just thinking about May day, and having a little shin-dig, think I will have to make some!


Rebecca June 14, 2010 at 6:10 am

I tried this with less layers using crepe paper and some fishing line instead of florists wire and worked just beautifully as well! Thanks so much : )


Linda J VA June 16, 2010 at 4:33 am

In grade school, we made these pom poms out of tissues….thanks for the memory..

Linda J


Sharon September 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

I have made three of these for my future sister in laws shower this weekend and I see that you saw to tie them in the middle. Are you talking about tying them to hang or to make them stay together? I am having a problem getting them to come together where the tie is located. The rest of it looks great.
Thanks for any suggestions!


Destri September 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I will see if I can contact the author for you!


VERONICA GARCIA August 25, 2011 at 10:44 am

HERMOSISIMO y ha sido tan facil de hacerlo. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!


Donna Murphy March 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

We use to make these when I was growing up using kleenex tissue & a bobby pin.


Destri March 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

Oh that brings back memories! We used to sit at my grandma’s house and make tons of “flowers” with kleenex and bobby pins. We would color the ends with marker. One year we even tried to take them around and sell on Memorial day!
Thanks so much for reminding me, I am going to have to teach my kiddos now.


Shana Bohnsack January 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

Adding a stick in the middle and inserting into styrofoam in a pot would be cute for a pom-pom flower/centerpiece. Some tuile to cover the styrofoam might be a treat addition as well.


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