Over the last week, I’ve spent my spare time making tissue paper pom-poms with the froglets for a couple of special friends’ birthday parties…there are pink, purple, white, green, blue and all the colours of the rainbow pom-poms. There are small pom-poms and large pom-poms. There are pom-poms everywhere: we are HUGE fans of pom-poms!
Have a go with the kids yourself…they are inexpensive, easy to make and just too cute for words!
What you’ll need
- Tissue paper
- floral wire or pipe cleaner
How to make it
Firstly, decide the size of the pom-pom you want to make as this determines the size of the strips of tissue paper as well as the quantity you are going to use.
Here is a rough guide :
- 20″ wide: use 12 sheets
- 15″ wide: use 10 sheets
- 12″ wide: use 8 sheets
- 10″ wide: use 7 sheets
- 8″ wide: use 6 sheets
- Once you figure the width of your tissue paper, cut the right amount to size and stack them together.
- Create accordion folds, the length of the tissue paper, making sure you crease each fold (they should be about 1 1/2″ wide).
- Once the tissue paper is folded, wrap the floral wire or pipe cleaner around the center of the paper to secure the pom-pom (loop if desired to give you something to attach your ribbon or string to when they’re ready to hang).
- Cut the ends into a curve to create soft edges to the pom-poms (or into a ‘V shape’ if you prefer pointy edges).
- Separate each layer, by gently pulling away from the centre of the pom-pom…go slow and be patient!! For best results, pull away from the top and bottom of one side before moving on to the next side.
- The end result is a fully fluffed tissue paper pom pom ready for you to have a ball!