4.28.2010

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Party!

My littlest is receiving his First Holy Communion on Saturday.  While I don't feel the need to go crazy with decorations for a First Communion party, I do want to create a sense of celebration to make the day special and festive for my Seanie.  I thought I'd try my hand at making white tissue paper pom poms to hang around the house.  Not only were these the easiest things to make, they were inexpensive, quick and so pretty!   Also, they can be flattened after use for storage, and reused again.  They were simply addictive for me and my lovely crafting assistant, Hannah!    Imagine these for a baby or bridal shower, or even at a wedding - wouldn't a ton of them everywhere be spectacular?  Oh the possibilities!

Trust me, even if you are not very crafty, you can make these sophisticated and whimsical decorations for your next party!

First, decide on a size.  For a large pom-pom, stack 8 sheets of tissue paper.  For smaller pom-poms, stack 6 sheets and cut them in half. 


Next, working from the short side, fold up the stack accordian-style, creasing as you go, creating pleats that are about 1-2".

Wrap florist's wire around the center of the flattened stack (scotch tape would probably work here too). 
Tie or tape a piece of ribbon, fishing wire, or even dental floss to the center for hanging later.

Trim both ends of the stack to make them rounded or pointed.

Fan open one half of the stack.

Pull the layers of tissue paper toward you, taking care not to rip them. 


Keep pulling each layer apart on both sides and then tweak until you have a uniform roundness to your pom pom.  The whole process takes about 3 minutes per pom pom.

This photo below shows both pointed and rounded pom poms.  The one on the left only has 6 sheets of tissue paper and really isn't full enough for a big one, but when grouped with others it's less apparent. 
I taped the ribbon right to the ceiling with a couple of pieces of scotch tape.
I love how several pom-poms in varying sizes look grouped together. 
They would also be cute hanging all over the ceiling!

I don't know about you but I always horde the tissue paper when my kids open gifts,
and then fold it up to reuse.  Isn't this a great way to reuse tissue paper from a gift?
Reduce, reuse, recycle, baby!
I see lots of colorful pom poms made from recycled tissue paper at my family's future birthday celebrations!

Give this a try - it's fun, easy and cheap!

I've linked this post to these fun parties - check them out!
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11 comments:

Amelia@MyTwoRedheads said...

I always have extra tissue paper lying around, I'm going to have to try this!
They are so pretty:)

Chris said...

These are fun decorations. Congrats on such a special reason to celebrate.

The Two Savvy Sisters said...

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Nicole @ The Two Savvy Sisters

gail@roomingwithgail said...

I love your ideas!! Thanks for stopping by for a visit! I have used this idea for my aunt's 80 birthday party also. It was in the fall so I used fall branches with leaves, tied ribbon with birthday wishes and clothes pins for cards. She loved it!

Janna said...

Fabulous Idea! I'm a tissue saver too! I love decor like this. It would be great in a babies room as a homemade mobile.

Laura said...

These turned out great!

I'm having a blog party tomorrow and I'd love it if you linked up!
http://www.iamalongfortheride.blogspot.com

Jessica Hills said...

Thanks so much for linking on Favorite Things Friday! I have been dying to make these!

Amy @ Finer Things said...

How fun! And congratulations to your little guy. :)

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Jamie Willow said...

love this! what a cute idea, I also save tissue paper and have gobs of it on hand.

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it