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Making a DIY Tissue Pom Pom


I have always loved these tissue pom poms and they immediately add colour and impact to a room.

They are brilliant for parties and charity events, and are easy to make in this DIY craft tutorial.

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You will need approx 8 sheets of tissue (cut square), scissors and a pre cut strip of wire…plus some time and patience

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Start folding all of the tissue layers over like a concertina, approximately 1″ wide, and continue until the whole length is pleated

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As you go along be quite firm so you have good crisp foldsJane Means pom pom 2

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When you reach the end, make sure that you use something as a paperweight so the concertina doesn’t come undone such as a pair of scissors.  Jane Means pom pom7

Add a strip of wire around the centre of the tissue.  You will need extra wire if you intend to hang it from a high ceiling or wanting it suspended to add depth.Jane Means pom pom8

Cut both ends of the tissue.  You can either cut a curve for a soft look or at an angle for a more spike effect.  As you will be cutting so many layers of tissue, it may be a good idea to do this in stages, by cutting in to 3-4 layers at a time.Jane Means pom pom9

Gently start pulling the laters of tissue apart

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Take your time as it is easy to rush this part, and you will only end up with holes and tears in the tissue

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Keep going until you have pulled all of the layers out

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You will then end up with a gorgeous tissue Pom Pom.  Make several of these and they will fill an empty room immediately

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I will certainly be making some of these to decorate the marquee for my own wedding in September

Have a go, these are really good fun to make and it’s a great way to get the kids involved too!

Photography by Fiona Murray








  1. Lacy on May 27, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    What size tissue paper did you use to make these pompoms? They are PERFECT size so I just want to know what to buy. 🙂

    • jane on June 12, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      HI Lacy. Just use regular size tissue and cut it to the size you want your pom pom to be. Many thanks

  2. Divine Dee on February 1, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Loved these will use myself next Christmas
    I will send you my Christmas tables photos
    Hang various coloured to match table balls from Ceiling so these could be different Hugs dee

  3. Ada Marcrum on February 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Nice!!!!! I love it ,can I use crepe tissue???

    • jane on February 23, 2016 at 2:46 am

      Yes Ada. Many thanks JM

  4. Get set for Easter | Craft and Country on February 28, 2016 at 11:24 am

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