Rosie Makes: DIY Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

Seasonal baking and crafting are my favourite things about any celebration! I kept seeing tissue paper pom-poms in a few places last year, and after trying and failing to track some in the colours I wanted, I thought I could try making them myself. Easter seemed the perfect excuse to get crafting some pastel poms, so I thought I would share my efforts in a wee seasonal DIY! After a cursory google, I adapted ideas from here and here. They’re easier to make than they look, and cheaper than the shop bought version – I made six for £2.20, from two packs of tissue paper. To make two large and four small tissue pom-poms, you will need:

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

2 x 5 sheet pack of tissue paper (my lovely pastel paper is from the baking/ crafting haven that is Finishing Touches in Newington)
Thin craft wire or baker’s twine (a TK Maxx bargain)
Scissors.

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

1) Flatten out one pack of tissue paper – you should have five sheets in your stack.

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

2) Make accordion folds (approx 1 inch wide) along the length of the paper, creasing with each turn.

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

3) Once folded, cut the strip into two pieces: one 6 inches and one 14 inches long.

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

4) Take the 6 inch piece. Open, then fold in half lengthways (or “Hamburger style”!) then cut along the fold to make two stacks:

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

5) Refold the pleats so that they’re about half the size, as these will make the wee pom-poms.

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

6) Next, use the floral wire or baker’s twine and twist/ tie firmly around the middle of the tissue paper.

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

7) Using your scissors, curve the edges of the tissue paper so it will make a nice scallop when unfolded.

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

The end result will look like this when fanned out:

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

8) Very gently pull the top layer of tissue paper up and towards the middle. It helps if you start pulling at the bottom rather than tip, as the paper tears easily!

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

Separate the layers one at a time, pulling gently towards the middle. Repeat until you’ve fluffed out all the layers!

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

Repeat the process for the second small pom, and then the big one…

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

…then repeat the whole thing again with your second pack of tissue to create six poms altogether!

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

For fuller pom-poms, you could add more sheets of paper. If you accidentally tear your pom while you’re separating the tissue, don’t worry – there are so many layers that it will blend in, I bet only you will notice! Practice makes perfect.

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

They look really intricate but are quick and easy to make once you’ve got the hang of it. It’s quite a therapeutic DIY to boot!

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

What have you crafted recently? Are you making anything for Easter?

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

DIY tissue paper pom-poms

8 comments

  1. Clementine says:

    I bought a kit to make these and they were so tricky especially since it had been folded awfully in the packaging. I think I’m going to try your way next. So pretty!

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  3. These look BEAUTIFUL, Rosie! I miss crafting and making things myself, I haven’t done anything creative in so long 🙁 I think I will give this a go, they look really pretty! x

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