Simple but so effective! My Pom Pom tutorial.

Since having our wedding featured on Rock My Wedding (twice! In Part 1 and Part 2 – actually think this deserves a post on its own as I am pretty excited about this!), there were loads of comments and I received a few emails asking how to make the Pom Poms. Didn’t I say they were easy, looked ace and everyone loves them!

So I decided to write a little ‘How to’…

You need:

  • Eight sheets of tissue paper per Pom Pom (I used paper of size 75cm x 50cm but you can use any – this just determines the end size of your pom pom, the bigger the tissue paper, the bigger your pom pom!). You can use sheets of the same colour – or you can do a multi-coloured one if you like!
  • Florist Wire (I just bought some off the internet although I reckon string tied nice and tight would do the same job.)
  • Scissors
  • Nylon Thread (if you want them to look like they are floating! If not, string will do)
1. Get foldin’
Lay the eight sheets of tissue paper together on a flat surface. Starting at one end, fold the paper (all sheets) to roughly 3.5 to 4cm wide (this doesn’t have to be that accurate). Continue folding the paper like this, one way then the next, into concertina folds.
2.Get securin’
Once you have your paper all folded, wrap the florist wire or sting around the centre to secure it.
3.Get snippin’
Get you scissors and trim the ends so they are more rounded than square – you might get sore hands a little doing this as it can be a bit tricky cutting through the thickness of the folded paper! Don’t worry either if it is  not super neat as you can’t tell once they are all puffed out.
4.Get puffin’
Start in one side of the centre tie and open the folds out – a bit like a fan. This just makes the next bit a little easier.
Gently peel each layer of tissue paper open, away from the next layer until you have completed one side.
These can tear really easy – don’t worry too much though as you can’t see small tears once all the layers are puffed out.
 Do the same for the other side.
5.Get hangin’
Once all the layers are puffed out and you have made some final tweaks to the layers (imagine a hairdresser fluffing with your hair!) you are ready to tie the nylon thread or string where the centre is tied (I have used a purple ribbon in these photos just so you can see it better) – this is were florist wire might be easier to use.
Your pom poms are now ready to hang up!
I often find videos easier to use when it comes to tutorials, so here is the video that I used to help me make these the first time around – Making Martha Stewarts Pom Poms:

4 thoughts on “Simple but so effective! My Pom Pom tutorial.

  1. Hi Emily,
    Your wedding was so beautiful, I saw it on RMW.
    The pom poms are fab, I will be making them for my wedding in 2 weeks time. I was just wondering how you attached them to the ceiling of the marquee, as we are having a marquee too and I can’t think how to do it?

    • Thank you and congrats for yours – two weeks…how exciting! We used the same nylon thread tied around the poles (we had two poles in our marquee – it was a traditional style so used poles and ropes instead of a frame). The thread went from the centre poles to the outer poles, then we just hung each pom pom at intervals along – I hope this makes sense? Good luck with your wedding and let me know if I can help any more x

  2. Hi Emily!

    I’m hoping to make pom poms for our wedding in august but I’m really struggling to find suppliers of tissue paper in the colours I want. Can you recommend anywhere? All of the sites I look at which offer the sort of colours I need are based in that states.

    Thank you!x

    • Hi. Try ebay – this is where I got most of my tissue, you can get large amounts and a range of colours – although for colours, you can not always tell what it is going to look like so maybe get a few samples before you buy lots of one 🙂

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