2012 was the year of the party! I was honored to throw two of my close friends a baby shower and a bachelorette party. While the party themes were very different, there was one thing that stayed the same – the tissue paper poof balls, or as Martha Stewart calls it: Pom-Poms!
What exactly is a Pom Pom or tissue paper poof ball? Here’s how Martha’s people describe it:
“Joyous bursts of color dance above a table, imparting a cheerful radiance to a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or casual reception. The dahlialike pom-poms appear to float in the air; in reality they are hung from the ceiling with monofilament.”
– Martha Stewart
Okay, well that’s nice Martha, but let’s be clear. The tissue paper poof ball is an inexpensive DIY party decoration. It’s easy to make, the color combinations are endless and it’s always a hit at the party! They look great and they make a statement. In this post, I am going to walk you through how to make your own Pom Pom/tissue paper poof ball.
Here is a sneak peek of what I am going to show you how to make! Can you picture how pretty these would look at your next party?
Before you begin, you must decide your party color theme. Once you’ve picked out your colors, you’ll need to purchase color tissue paper that will match or accent your theme. I suggest going to Target, Michaels or The Dollar Store. Okay so you can really go anywhere that sells tissue paper (this isn’t rocket science), but these three places probably have the most color choices.
After you’ve purchase your tissue paper, follow these steps:
Tools and Materials
- Tissue paper
- 24-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire or just thin wire (you can find this at any craft store)
- Ribbon or twine – this is to hang your poof ball
Hanging Pom-Pom instructions:
- Stack eight 20-by-30 inch sheets of tissue paper – play around with the quantity of tissue paper you use. I’ve used anywhere from 10-12
- Make 1.5 inch-wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold
- Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over center of folded tissue; twist
- With scissors, trim ends of tissue paper into rounded or pointy shapes
- Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time – be gentle when doing this so you don’t tear the paper
- Tie a length of the ribbon or twine to the floral wire for hanging
- Feel free to fluff and puff the paper open so you get a nice full tissue ball, and don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. It will look great once you hang it up! Especially with a group of other poof balls.
The accordion fold.
Cut the ends (round or point) and tie the wire in the center.
Separate the tissue paper one by one.
Here is the finished product. Now just hang it!
My friend Katie is co-hostessing an upcoming baby shower for a mutual friend and it’s going to be filled with tissue paper poof balls. AMAZING! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. Below are some photos of Katie doing this fun, easy DIY decoration project.
Katie chose a variety of tissue paper colors. She staggered pastel colors (yellow, green, blue, pink) with white tissue, and chose to cut the corners in a point using pinking shears.
Keep on cutting! Notice how Katie is using twine to hang her tissue paper poof balls! How cute!
Katie carefully separated the tissue paper.
The finished product!
Look at all the tissue paper poof balls! The colors are perfect for a baby shower! Imagine these hanging from the ceiling.
In addition to the tissue paper poof balls, Katie made coffee filter poof balls. With this DIY project, similar to the tissue paper poof balls, you stain coffee filters or you can leave them all white. Katie chose a peach color stain and then hot glued the coffee filters to old lanterns. You can also hot glue the filters to styrofoam balls. For details on how to make this creation check out this blog post from Jones Design Company. My friend Corie also did this DIY project for her wedding. She made smaller sized poof balls that hung on the end of the chairs that lined her wedding aisle, and it looked darling!
Here are some pictures of the coffee filter poof balls Katie made:
Glueing the coffee filters to the lanterns.
I love how full and thick the coffee filter poof ball looks!
I hope you try one of these fabulous DIY projects for your next party. I promise they’ll be a hit with your guests! Here are some more photos of these tissue paper and coffee filter poof balls in action. So pretty and the possibilities are endless! Happy DIYing!
I used turquoise and lime green tissue paper for Holly’s baby shower party. How cute would it look to make a few of these for a little girls room or nursery?
For Corie’s bachelorette party I made black and hot pink tissue paper poof balls. Party flare!