I've seen these tissue paper pom pom decorative balls all over Pinterest. So what do I do when I see something all over Pinterest?! I have to try it! I need to know-does it turn out nice? Just like the picture? Is it another (admitted) Pinterest fail?!
You're going to find out, because today my dear friend and I tried it out!
Here is a tutorial for how we made them, and any tips/tricks we figured out along the way.
string (we used the friendship bracelet kind, like embroidery floss)
scissors (or a paper chopper, we had both and used both)
nimble fingers (some of us were better at not tearing the paper than others!)
Gather four pieces of tissue paper on top of one another.
Cut your tissue paper into your desired size using a paper cutter or just scissors. It can be any size you want, but all four sheets of tissue paper should be the same size.
In the photo above, the paper is about 5 inches by 12 inches.
Start folding your tissue papers back and forth (about a centimetre thick) like you used to when you were little to make a paper fan. This might be called 'accordion' style.
When you are finished, it should look like this.
Tie a piece of embroidery floss or string right in the middle of the tissue paper fan. Use a double knot so it doesn't come apart.
You can cut the string short or leave it long if you want to tie it to something later.
You can cut the ends of the tissue paper to make it look kind of fancy. Paper balls can be fancy! We chose a triangle tip, but round could work as well.
Spread one side apart, and start separating the four layers, pulling them up toward the centre where the string is.
It should start to look like that. This is where the nimble fingers come in, tissue paper rips easily, but it doesn't matter if you rip a couple! You won't even be able to tell!
One side done!
Now do the other side.
You can hang them from the ceiling (with a longer string of course) or just use them as table decorations.
I can't tell what we are using these for...but they are going to look amazing!
You can make different sizes depending on how you want them to look.
For the little ones we used about a fourth of a whole sheet. For the bigger ones we used half of a sheet.
Just experiment. If you think yours are not thick enough, add some more sheets of tissue paper next time. If it was too thick, take some out for next time. There's really no right/wrong way.
We made some with one colour, two colours and even three colours. It's all up to you!
Let me know if you try these and if they worked for you!! Don't forget to tag @thebarmyfox in your photos-they could get featured on our Instagram!!!
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