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’…
- 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.)
- 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.
Once you have your paper all folded, wrap the florist wire or sting around the centre to secure it.
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.
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.
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: