Friday, March 18, 2011

How to Make Tissue Paper Poms

When I was planning Jillian's first birthday party, I fell in love with the beautiful and colorful tissue paper poms.  These poms are the perfect accent to any party and really give your decor a punch of color.  I also never realized just how easy they were to make. 

I have received a few questions about how I made the tissue paper poms so I put together a quick tutorial on how I made my beautiful poms!

In creating my Poms, I followed Martha Stewart's tutorial.  I ended up tweaking it a little bit to make the poms to my own taste.  Martha's instructions called for 8 sheets of tissue paper, I ended up using 12 which I thought made for a fuller pom.

{How to Make Tissue Paper Poms}

{Tools and Materials}

  • 12 pieces of 20x30 tissue paper.  I used the standard packages of tissue paper from Target.
  • 24 gauge floral wire.
  • Scissors
  • Mono filament (any clear thread will do).
Step 1

Stack 10 Sheets of Tissue paper on top of one another.  Straighted the stack so all four corners align.

Step 2

Make 1 1/2 inch folds creasing with each fold.  Your folds will look like an accordion.

Step 3

Fold an 18 inch piece of floral wire in half and place it over your folded tissue paper.  Twist the ends together securely around the tissue paper.

Step 4

Trim each end of the tissue paper into round or pointy shapes.  I chose round edges in my poms.

Step 5

Separate each layer of tissue, pulling away from the center one layer at a time. 

Be careful not to rip the tissue paper, it's very easy to do! Make sure you fluff each layer of tissue paper, creating a rounded ball.

Step 6

Tie a piece of clear thread from the wire to hang them.   I have also seen these poms hanging from chandeliers tied with ribbon too. 

Step 7

I found hanging the poms to be the biggest challenge.  Once I had all my poms created, I realized, how in the world was I going to hang them from the ceiling?  Taping them to the ceiling would not work, the poms were too heave and I didn't want a massive amount of tape all over my ceiling.   So I bought a few packages of the Command hooks by 3m.  I bought the small, clear hooks so they would not be obvious.  I took the clear thread, tied it around the hook, and fastened the clip to the ceiling.

I hung my pom's for Jillian's birthday party at varying lengths to give it a different affect.  You will have to play with the length of your string and how low you want your poms to hang from your ceiling.

Now that I finally know how to make these, I can't wait to make them for other parties and holidays!!  Thanks for stopping by! 

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      1. I'm new to your blog and you most recent follower. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial I recently made my first tissue paper globe a few weeks ago. They are so inexpensive and easy I don't know why people don't make them for every occasion! :)

        Thanks for the great blog!

      2. Just found your blog through Amanda's Weekend Bloggy Reading Party and want to say I am thrilled to see this tutorial and will be making some of these! So cute! Thanks!!!

      3. I followed Martha's tutorial as well to make these poms for Asher's birthday party. They were so easy to make and look super cute!

      4. I'm stopping by from Amanda's Linky Party. These are too cute! I wish I had found them earlier for my niece's first birthday party.

      5. These are so cute! I will definitely try making this next time I have a party! It reminds me a little bit of my coffee filter wreath, which is actually really easy to make too!


      6. I used ot make these all the time when I was younger, but they weren't as pretty. I looooove the rounded edges. It makes all the difference in the world! I might make some of these to hang up in the girls' room.

      7. Anonymous11:30 AM

        Oh i'm soooo into these, but never knew how to make them!

      8. Great tutorial, Karen! I made them once and forgot to round the corners. :s They did NOT turn out as nicely as yours. ;)

        Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :)

      9. Great tips! Gotta love a good pom (and cheap)!


      10. Thanks for the tutorial...I've been drooling over these cute puffy creations!

      11. I wanted to make some of these for Westin's party but just ran out of time. Those look great!!

      12. Anonymous12:13 AM

        Hiya I'm your newest follower from the Relax and Surf Sunday Blog Hop. If you get the time please stop by A Little of This and a Little of That and follow back. Have a wonderful weekend.

      13. Nice tutorial! I'm featuring this over at

      14. So funny! I just made a bunch of these tonight for my daughter's 2nd bday party tomorrow :)

      15. Hi! I am a new follower of your blog thru GFC on the Sunday Blog Hop! Your blog looks really good. I am new with about 3 months under my belt so I am still learning. I would love a follow back when you get a chance. Thanks!


      16. Karen they really look pretty!

      17. These are just darling and I'm totally going to try and do them for my daughter's bday in a few months! So great to see a craft that even a non-crafty person like me could do...I hope! :-) Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

      18. These are just darling and I'm totally going to try and do them for my daughter's bday in a few months! So great to see a craft that even a non-crafty person like me could do...I hope! :-) Thank you so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday this week!

      19. Thank you for linking this up to WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!

        Hope to see you next Wednesday:)



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