How to make paper pom poms

Written by tina lane
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Pom poms are not just for cheerleaders anymore. Beautiful paper pom poms are trickling their way into festive wedding and party decor. Crafty aficionados are re-purposing these ornamental delights into colourful hanging decorations. Dangled in groups of varied colour, size, and height, paper pom poms make an instant and affordable ambience over any table setting or seating area.

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Things you need

  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Double-sided tape
  • Floral wire

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  1. 1

    Stack eight rectangular pieces of tissue paper, each about 20 by 30 inches, directly on top of one another.

  2. 2

    Make 1½-inch accordion folds in the stack of tissue until it has been folded into a thick 1½-inch strip.

  3. 3

    Tie floral wire securely around the centre of the folded tissue paper strip. Trim any excess wire with scissors.

  4. 4

    Spread out each layer of tissue paper by pulling the outer corners of each side toward one another into a fan shape.

  5. 5

    Use double-sided tape to secure the pulled edges together.

  6. 6

    Fluff each tissue layer after it has been pulled and taped together to achieve the puffy look of a pom pom.

  7. 7

    Attach a ribbon to the floral wire to create a loop for hanging or, more traditionally, for a handle.

Tips and warnings

  • Add flourishes to the pom pom by cutting shapes into each end of the paper after Step Two. Cut curves, spikes or other decorative shapes to give your pom pom a personalised touch.
  • For smaller pom poms trim the length of the folded tissue strip before fluffing.
  • Add another dimension by using multiple lengths of tissue paper, making sure to centre smaller pieces at the centre of the stack.

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