These easy to make DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms are the perfect decoration for any party: weddings, birthdays, bridal showers, and more!
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I love creating easy party decorations from affordable supplies, and it doesn't get much cheaper than tissue paper!
You can do so much with a pack of tissue paper, from tassels to flowers to fringe ... I even used it to decorate my Mason Jar Easter Baskets!
Recently, I made these colorful DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms to decorate for my birthday.
DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms
These Tissue Pom Poms were an integral part of my pink and gold birthday party theme, and I absolutely LOVE how they turned out.
They added so much color and texture to the wall!
I used the poms to surround a piece of pink and gray marble paper for an easy dessert table backdrop. It looked so pretty and took very little effort.
Are you wondering how I got these poms to stick to the wall? My walls are pretty smooth, so a little double sided tape was all it took. Once the party was over, the tape came off the walls easily with no damage.
These DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms are perfect for any party, from weddings to birthdays!
Tissue paper comes in so many pretty shades, so they'll work with any color scheme. And you can make them in any size, too.
Once you get the hang of what you're doing, you can make these poms fast. Don't you just want to dive into that pile below?
For my party, I made these poms in two sizes: 10-inch and 5-inch. The smaller poms allowed me to use up all my tissue paper scraps.
Using two different sizes also added lots of dimension to my display, and the smaller poms were perfect for decorating the table and filling in gaps between the larger poms on the wall.
Wondering how to make you own DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms?
Pom Pom Supplies
Want to make your own poms? Here's what you'll need:
- tissue paper (Paper Source has a beautiful, modern selection of colors, and of course, you can find any shade on Amazon.)
- double sided tape (or string) for hanging
How to Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms
I'm going to show you how to make 10-inch poms in this tutorial, but you can make them in any size. It's the same process.
One thing to keep in mind: if you make smaller poms, you can use fewer sheets of tissue paper; and if you make bigger poms, you'll want to add additional sheets of paper.
Doing so will keep your poms from being either too full or too sparse.
For each 10-inch pom, you are going to need twelve 10 x 10-inch sheets of tissue paper. So start by stacking, measuring, and cutting out the tissue paper.
Double check that each stack has twelves sheets of paper before proceeding.
You need to staple the center of each stack together. An easy way to mark the center is to fold the stack in half vertically, pressing to make a crease just in the middle. Then fold the stack in half horizontally, again pressing to crease the center.
This will make a small "X" in the center of your stack.
Roll up the corner of your stack (so your stapler can reach the middle), then staple the center on the mark you just made. Rotate the stack a ¼-turn and staple again. Your staples should form an "X".
Stapling the stack this way will hold the fragile tissue together.
You can see my "X" below. One staple is a little off center, and that's okay. It doesn't have to be perfect.
Next, trim the corners of your square to make a circle.
Don't worry if it's not an exact circle. You won't be able to tell in the finished pom.
Just make sure the edges are smooth, not jagged.
Then, starting in the center, begin scrunching each sheet of tissue. Keep in mind that tissue paper is fragile and be gentle.
Keep scrunching until every sheet is crinkled, doing one sheet at a time. For the best look, you want to scrunch the center of the poms (the top sheets) more than the edges (the bottom sheets).
Once every sheet is scrunched, go back and zhush the layers a bit until you like how the poms look. In general, less scrunching is better.
Tip: I made my poms flat on one side so I could attach them to my wall. To make the poms more rounded, simply scrunch the top six sheets of paper, then flip your pom over and scrunch the other six sheets.
How to Make a Pom Pom Garland
If you'd like to make a garland with the poms, you'll need baker's twine or string and a sturdy, large eye needle.
- Staple together the tissue paper and trim the ends as described above. Do not scrunch the poms yet.
- Cut a long piece of string and thread your needle.
- Poke the needle through the center of a pom. Pull most of the string through the hole, leaving enough string to hang the garland later.
- Making a new hole near the first one, then poke the needle back through the pom. Pull the string tight to hold your pom in place.
- Determine how far apart you want your poms, then string the next pom to the string using the same method.
- Continue stringing all the poms together using this method. If you run out of string, tie on more near the center of one of your poms (it won't show once they're scrunched).
- Once the poms are strung together, scrunch them using the method for rounded poms above.
- Hang your pom pom garland. Command Hooks are perfect for hanging your pom pom garland and won't damage your walls.
Aren't these DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms pretty?
I love the large size, too. They're so eye-catching.
Now that you know how to make DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms, you'll find that they're perfect for any occasion.
If you need to make a lot of poms, I recommend doing it assembly line style. Measure and cut out all of your paper first, then staple each bundle together. Trim each bundle, and scrunch each pom last.
Doing it this way will make the process go much faster.
These poms are perfect for parties, of course, but they're fun for general decorating, too.
After my party, I moved the poms to my craft corner so I could keep admiring them. It looks so cute. I'll have to show you a pic someday!
They're be perfect in a kid's room, too.
What would you use these DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms for?
P.S. If you like these poms, make sure to check out my DIY Tissue Paper Tassel Garland, too!