How to Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

completed pom pom

Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Tissue paper pom poms make wonderful party decorations, and they're very easy to create. To get started, you'll need a few basic supplies:

  • Eight to ten regular-sized sheets of tissue paper
  • Sharp scissors
  • Florist's wire
  • Thread or fishing line
begin folding

Begin Folding the Tissue

Arrange the sheets of tissue paper in a stack, and fold one short side up about one and a half inches. Firmly crease the fold, and then make another accordion-style fold in the reverse direction.

folded paper

Fold the Entire Stack of Tissue

Continue folding the tissue paper back and forth until you have created a narrow stack of accordion folds. Crease the edges of these folds, and set the stack aside.

folded wire

Cut and Fold the Wire

Cut a piece of florist's wire that is about 18 inches long. Fold this piece in half.

tissue and wire

Wrap the Wire

Find the center of the tissue stack, and slip the wire over all the layers together. Twist the ends of the wire together to tightly secure the stack of tissue. Twist the wire back on itself to form a loop, and bend the ends up around the tissue again.

attach thread

Attach Thread

Cut a piece of thread or fishing wire as long as you would like, and tie one end of it to the loop of wire.

cutting tissue

Cut the Tissue

Firmly hold the stack of tissue in one hand, and with the other, use the scissors to cut a rounded shape on the end. Cutting through this many layers of tissue can be difficult, so work slowly and use a very sharp pair of scissors.

rounded end

Trim the Ends

Repeat with the other end of the tissue stack. Trim both ends until they are evenly rounded.

tissue on side

Turn the Tissue on Its Side

Turn the tissue shape on its side, allowing the ends to fan out.

unfurling tissue

Begin to Unfurl the Pom Pom

Grasp a single sheet of tissue on one side of the wire and gently fluff it out so that it is standing straight up. Use care so you don't rip the paper.

alternate sides

Continue Unfurling

Continue separating and unfurling the tissue sheets, alternating sides of the pom pom. Work slowly, fluffing out one sheet at a time.

finished pom pom

Finish Your Pom Pom

When you've finished unfurling all the sheets of tissue paper, hang your pom pom as desired. After hanging it, arrange the sheets again to make sure they look the way you want. To complement this hanging decoration, consider making tissue paper flowers as a centerpiece.

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How to Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms