DIY Tissue Paper Pompom Tutorial

We’ve been getting crafty at Oh So Perfect this week in preparation for Emma and Andy’s wedding in Laugharne next month. Tissue paper pompoms, or ‘floofs’ as we love to call, them are inexpensive and easy to make, yet they can add so much colour and fun to a venue.

Here’s our DIY tutorial of how to make these lovely, puffy paper balls for yourself!

You will need…

  • Tissue paper in your choice of colour (we recommend 10 sheets per pompom)
  • Scissors
  • Nylon wire (or fishing wire)
  • Floristry wire (we’ve used silver, but you could match the colour to the paper if you like!)

 Step 1

Layer up your 10 sheets of tissue paper (they should all be the same size and shape!) and begin to fold them concertina/fan-style.

Step 2

Snip off a length of the fishing wire. This will be used to hold your folded tissue paper together at the centre.

You can fold your tissue paper in half while it’s like this to help you find the middle!

Step 3

Wind the floristry wire around the centre and twist the wire together to keep it secure.

Step 4

This is a good moment to attach your length of nylon wire, as it will be a lot easier to add now then when the pompom is full. It also means you can hang it up as you begin separating the layers of paper.

Cut off your required length of nylon wire, and attach it around the floristry wire.

Fold the floristry wire over, or twist it together, to prevent the nylon wire from slipping off.

Step 5

You can now begin separating the layers of tissue paper using your hands.

You may find it easier to hang the pompom first, or ask someone to hold it up for you using the nylon wire, but we’ve illustrated this without hanging it first.

Lift the outer sheets to their highest capability.

Gently lift out the outer layers on the top and the bottom, and work your way towards the middle, pulling each inner layer out a little less each time.

The central layer shouldn’t need any tweaking at all.

Step 6

Your pompom should now be looking something like this…

Step 7

If you haven’t already hung up your pompom, now is a good time to do so. You will then be able to work on the other side with ease.

Repeat Step 5 on the other side of the pompom…

Use your hands to tidy up the areas where the two sides of the pompom meet. They don’t need to touch perfectly necessarily, as long as they all open out fairly evenly.

Step 8

Stand back and look at your pompom in all its hanging glory!!

Stay posted as next month we’ll be bringing you the full story of Emma and Andy’s wedding which we’ve designed, styled and will be coordinating  on the day, with full photos and details of how we made their special day Oh So Perfect!

Here’s some of our purple practice floofs for their wedding…

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  1. Gosh. Very excited to try this…

  2. Reblogged this on TheCasualBride and commented:
    Following on from my blog about Pompoms I stumbld across this fabulous post detailing how to DIY your own…perfect for crafty brides x

  3. Sarah London

     /  March 4, 2013

    So simple yet so effective! Im pinning you to my Wedding board! :) xx

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