Tuesday, July 21, 2009

How to Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

It was love at first sight when I saw these amazing paper flowers at Martha Stewart Weddings. I've wanted to make them for quite a while, but needed them for absolutely NO reason. That is, until this week. I am going to use them to decorate my booth at the craft fair I'm doing this weekend. My plan is to hang them at varying heights from the ceiling of my tent. I hope it turns out as beautiful as it seems in my head! Here is the link for Martha's tutorial, which, let's be honest, is WAY better than mine!



I used 10 sheets of 18 x 26 inch tissue paper...just the target brand.



Fold accordion style, with about 1 1/2 inch folds. Crease with each fold.




Fold a piece of floral wire in half and slip over center...twist. Trim the ends of the tissue into rounded or pointy shapes...I chose round.



Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.


This part was somewhat difficult, and required a gentle hand...tissue paper is very delicate and tears easily! My first one was a disaster, and I was about ready to throw in the towel. I'm glad I kept going. It got much easier the more I got the hang of it. Just fluff and puff until you get the look you're going for.



You can hang these by tying a length of clear thread or ribbon to the floral wire.



I used ribbon today, but I think on Saturday I'll use the clear stuff. They are sooooooo not perfect, but I am loving them all the same! I think I'll make some pink ones for the girls' room. And then I'll make some black and white ones for our annual Halloween bash...which I can hardly wait for (it's my favorite holiday to decorate for)!

So.Much.Fun.


72 comments:

Richella said...

These are so you. They look beautiful! What a good thing to have decorating your booth. What are you selling?

Kristina P. said...

I made these for a bridal shower and hung them from the ceiling. Everyone LOVED them. They totally added to the atmosphere. They were pretty easy.

Now, the flowers she has, out of paper? Ridiculous.

geek details said...

They look lovely and teal is my all time favorite color.

Jennifer said...

They look *great*!! I would love to see them set up in your craft fair booth... maybe some pictures to come?? ;)

Della said...

You the best! I've been wanting to make these forever, but didn't want to actually look for directions. :)

Carmen said...

I love these!!!!! I had never looked at the tutorial and now that you post this, I remember making these with my mom when I was a kid. I think they'll look great in your craft booth.

I'll have to remember these for Halloween.

Kristen said...

you did such an awesome job!!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

So cute! Love that blue.
Much luck at the craft fair, like you need it! :)

Carrie said...

so cute your booth should be great love the color!

Kelli said...

These are too adorable!! Can't wait to try them. Hope you do well at the craft fair!!!

southern queen bee said...

You are gonna have the best looking booth there. They look great. They would be cute for halloween. I might have to find some tissue...

Heather said...

Those are gorgeous! Love them!

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

These are great, love how cute they are!!

Sue said...

Amanda, these are just tooo cool! Kinda like making pom poms for our cheerleading shoes waaaay back in the day!!! Sue

Adie said...

Gorgeous! You continue to amaze me! I was wondering if you could make them smaller and attach them to a stick and put them in a vase. I am not sure because you said it tears esy and I wondered if that would be more true being smaller. Good luck at the craft fair!!

mrosev14 said...

These turned out beautiful. You did such a great job!

vintage at heart said...

Oh la la so festive and I am looking forward to see your Halloween bash decor!!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Ack! They are gorgeous, and that is so your color! ;) It is freaky that you must have done this post just for me---I'm hosting a bridal shower (my first time to host one!) next Saturday, and was wondering what I could make that would be beautiful!!! :) Can I email you if I get stumped? :)

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Those look like so much fun! I can remember making them when I was younger. They would be so cute for an outdoor garden party!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

Great minds think alike! lol. I am getting ready to make some of these for a very girlie luncheon I will be having. I saw them on another blog and fell in love with these! So fun to see yours too! Love them!

Hugs,
~Victoria~

Amy said...

What fun! Isn't it great when you have an excuse to do a tissue paper craft :)

Nancy said...

So cool! Thanks for showing us; I prefer you over Martha anyway!

Nancy

Tammy said...

Love, love, love these! I have been wanting to make them. Be sure to take pics this weekend. Good Luck at your show!

Best wishes,
Tammy

knittingknirvana said...

Oh, I love these! Fabulous!!! :) Will we be getting a full detailed report on the craft fair? Please?

Room to Inspire said...

These look great! Thank you so much for showing how to make these...I have been wanting to make a few for my little girls room....I can't wait to make them in pink!

Jenglamgirl said...

you ROCK! YOU have no idea how badly I wanted to learn how to make these! I am SO THRILLED to know now! Thank you, and they look so great. P.S. check out my blog, I hung my giant long shelf!

Jill said...

Adorable!!! thanks for sharing the "how to"!
Blessings!
Jill

Candace said...

Aww, I love these! And Halloween decor runs neck and neck with Christmas on my favorites.

Mrs. P said...

This is soooo cute! It cracks me up that they have gotten so popular again. I remember making these 25 years ago all the time. One summer we were so bored we even raided our mom's klenex stash and made a ton of them out of the differant colors, sprayed them with her Avon perfume and went around the neighborhood and sold them. All the sweet little old people would buy one and give us $10 instead of the 25 cent asking price. The good old days!! Good luck at the craft fair!

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Paula said...

I love this project! They are really going to add a nice touch to your booth. These would be so much fun for any party or shower.

The Brannon Family said...

My girls will love these!!! Thank you, thank you, I really thought they would have been way more complicated than that.

Junk Mammas said...

Yours look just like mine, the purchsed Martha Stewart kit from Walmart. I used them at my daughter's birthday party last year. Everyone was in love with them. Don't be surprized if people want to buy them at your booth. Best of luck.

Mandi said...

LOVE them! They will be wonderful in a booth to draw in customers. Let me know how it goes. I hope you make a million dollars!

Mandi said...

LOVE them! They will be wonderful in a booth to draw in customers. Let me know how it goes. I hope you make a million dollars!

Michelle said...

Absolutely adorable! Hope the craft fair goes well and is quite profitable for you :)

Happy Wednesday!
~Michelle

Simply Stacey said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And I can assure you that those pom poms would attract someone like me to check out your booth if I were at a craft fair. Great idea!!!

anhesty said...

i love making these too! i have made them for bridal showers, baby showers, bdays, etc! its so fun and it always makes a wonderful statement at any event.

http://anhesty.blogspot.com

Sarah@VintageChic said...

These are gorgeous, Amanda! I have been dying to try making them but have been a bit intimidated. I will definitely make some for the next baby shower I host!

Melissa Miller said...

WOW! That's really cute Amanda!

Clean and Classic Interiors said...

What a fun idea and I had no idea it was that easy??!!

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Hey Amanda!
Thanks for stopping by Domestic Princess in Training. I had to stop by and tell ya how much I love the pom-poms! I hosted a baby shower a few months ago and desperately wanted to make these but had too much going on and thought I would not be able to master them. Well you did a wonderful job and gave me a little faith. I’m not hosting a party or anything but I almost just one to make one see how it turns out. We are BIG into Halloween too!
Ps… If I’m brave enough and venture out to make one of these bad boys I’ll give ya some love and link back to you.
Kendra

queenbee said...

I made these for a baby shower I hosted last week, but could only hang one as the ceiling was to high. Luckily I am hosting another shower in a few weeks at a different location, so I can use them.

Shannon said...

Perfect!! I have always loved these too and not I have great directions. Thanks! :)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Oh boy those bring back memories.
what a great idea for your booth! I may use that idea for our next big pool party.

sherri said...

I just made these for my daughter's birthday party. Aren't they fun? You get so much bang for your buck!!!

thrift store gal said...

thanks SO much for the tutorial! i've been dying to make these for my daughter's birthday party!!

Blueberry Park said...

Thanks for posting this...been looking for a tutorial on these for a while. I'd got it into my head it would be the perfect decoration for the marquee we are having in the spring for my son's Bar Mitzvah. Just had a go and think they will look fab!
Have a very happy Christmas
Karen x

Melinda said...

I'm so glad you posted this!! I've been trying to make sense out of Martha Stewart tutorial and I just couldn't get it... Your step by step pictures did the trick.. I'll be making these for my baby's 1st Birthday party!!

jenjen said...

So cute Amanda!

I made some for a neighborhood moms party that we had last year and hung them outside. It really brightened up the space!

I love the color of yours!!! So pretty!!! Hope you had an awesome weekend!

XOOX
Jen

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Breeana said...

Hi! I love your blog! I am so glad I found your tutorial. My church is doing a big baby shower for all the pregnant moms and I was wondering how to make these. Adding your blog to my favorites!

Thanks - Bree

ComeShopPinkLemonade said...

I love those! You're too hard on yourself- they look absolutely great! Me and my grandmother made something like these a while back but much smaller- they are so easy to make! Check out my blog:
www.shopsealedwithakiss.blogspot.com

angelpienj said...

Thank you for posting this quick and easy tutorial! Like you, I have always loved seeing these in the Martha Stewart magazines but never tried to make them. Well, with your help, I made these for a bridal shower I was hosting last week and everyone loved them! I had to explain to quite a few ladies how to make them! They couldn't believe I made them all in the car ride over to the shower! Granted it was a 45 minute drive but it was much more fun to be crafting and chatting with my sister on the ride! Thanks for sharing this with all of us! You are very creative!

Allyson said...

Thank you for sharing how to make these! I am making them for a baby shower I am doing for a friend.

Jeannine said...

My Daughter graduated HS today! I wonder if I can whip them up quickly so there is a fun decoration for her when we come home?! I do remember making these way back in girl scouts...not a big though. Thanks for the inspiration!

B's mommy said...

thank you! these are great! what type of shears did you use? i used regular scissors and they didn't work very well. thanks!!

Janelle said...

This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I have wanted to do this for so long and now I know how. I can't wait to try it. :)

Janelle

heidib said...

I have always wanted these for a party!!! LOVE THEM! I'm going to make some for my 4 yrs old ice cream/ candy bday party! TY!

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co-deco said...

Great decorative piece! Just recently made these for a 21st birthday using two different colours in the same pom pom. They looked fantastic & received plenty of compliments :) May i suggest instead of cutting the curves once open, cut when they're pressed together in their pleats (i.e. when lying flat)

Vanessa said...

I actually found your tutorial a lot easier to follow than Martha Stewarts. About to go and try my first pom pom! Thanks!

SarahB said...

These are great! I've been looking for easy directions. We plan to put these in our soon to be boy's nursery. I'm going to make different sizes with primary colors and hang them from the ceiling. They will be gorgeous and I'm sure they'll catch his eye.

Jessica "Be Blessed" said...

I hope you don't mind I used your instructions to the "tissue puffs" on my blog. After I tried it for myself. You can check out what mine turned out like after following your instructions on my blog.


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Latoya @ The Scott's Crib said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial. I need this for an upcoming baby shower Im hosting and my toddlers 2 year old party!

momonthegoinholytoledo.com said...

Thanks for these easy to follow instructions. We are hosting a surprise baby shower, or rather, celebration of motherhood (it is her third baby boy in three years so she has everything she needs so we are celebrating her). I plan on making yellow and pink pom-poms but none of the other moms knew how to go about making them, now we do thanks to you. I plan on blogging about the event and I will be sure to add your blog to the post.

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Kelly said...

I love these! Thanks for the "how-to" I made one and posted it on my blog with a link to your blog.
http://www.kellyonthebrink.blogspot.com/2012/03/i-made-poof.html

tiffany shands said...

Too cute!..my baby shower is next month I'm totally making these thanx for sharing!!:-)

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the same side we have to pull the other stack also or frm down we have 2 pull

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