DIY Tissue Paper Pompom Tutorial – a recap!

Emma and Andy's purple pompoms www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

Emma and Andy’s purple pompoms http://www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

Ever since we made these fabulous thrifty tissue paper pompoms for Emma and Andy’s Laugharne wedding last year, we’ve been inundated with requests to produce them for brides again and again!

This weekend I’ll be making 3 sets of big fluffy floofs in shades of violet, sugar plum pink and mocha for Samantha and Daniel’s vintage themed Gower wedding, so I thought since I’m getting crafty myself, perhaps I should share my step-by-step guide to DIY-ing your own pompoms all over again – happy crafting!

Violet, Sugar Plum, Mocha and White for Samantha and Daniel - www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

Violet, Sugar Plum, Mocha and White for Samantha and Daniel – http://www.ohsoperfect.co.uk

The original post can be found here: DIY Tissue Paper Pompom Tutorial

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!!

 

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Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience – the day is done!

So, here I am as promised following on from my previous blog post about Oh So Perfect‘s involvement in series 4 of Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience.

Samantha, Rhod and the film crew play with the photobooth.

Samantha, Rhod and their big pink boxes!

Samantha, Rhod and their big pink boxes!

I’m not going to say much though, as I think some things are better left unsaid for now – instead I shall keep you waiting until later on this summer when the programme hits our screens here in Wales and iPlayer across the border!

But to summarise – wow what a wedding! The day was fabulous, the room looked incredible, Rhod not only rolled up his sleeves and got stuck in in-front of the cameras, but he genuinely took a shine to my couple and joined in with helping me to deliver the greatest day they could have even when the camera stopped rolling.

But most important of all, on the day itself my couple were smiling: and not just ‘oh this is nice’ smiling but really, truly grinning their socks off, big cheesy grins from ear to ear! Rhod and the crew did such a cracking job of arranging a handful of extra surprises on the day that my couple’s wedding went from being incredible to ‘oh my!’ in a matter of minutes; and the bride, groom and their family couldn’t have been more thrilled to say the least.

But that’s it. Shhh! I’m not saying any more, you’ll simply have to wait to watch the show and see all the shenanigans that went on behind the scenes later this year!

That’s all for now!
Samantha x

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Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience – the filming begins

Well it is with absolute delight that I let you in on what we’ve been getting up to recently!

Rhod Gilbert and Samantha

It all started a few weeks ago when I received a little phone call from a certain set of TV people in Cardiff, working on a rather well known little TV programme over here in Wales, with a rather well known Welsh comedian recognised right the way around the UK.

The programme: Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience
The series: 4
The episode: Wedding Planner

Yes, ladies and gents, I will be acting as Rhod Gilbert’s mentor as he learns to become a wedding planner. Rhod Gilbert will be my work experience assistant. Oh yes, Rhod Gilbert will be helping to coordinate one of my weddings.

I am so lucky to be working with such a lovely, willing couple; brave enough to put their trust in me and allow Rhod Gilbert to help plan and coordinate their wedding with me this coming weekend!

Rhod meets my couple and their family.

We’ve had so much fun already. Just over a fortnight ago I was joined by the lovely Amber Hunter from the Wedding Planner School where together we gave Rhod a master class in wedding planning, and then last weekend I took Rhod to meet my gorgeous couple, Sarah and Gareth, and their family. I entrusted Rhod with a big task, he was to meet my couple and go through their final details with them, gathering all the bits and pieces of information to help him finalise the planning and help deliver the weekend in just a few weeks time. He also had to gain their trust, building a relationship with the couple I’d been working with for the last year in just a couple of hours, and he had to get to know the parents who would be entrusting him to deliver their daughter’s dream day. Big task. I watched on from the corner and giggled to myself.

Well, so far so good, Mr. Gilbert has been just wonderful. Not only has he managed to charm me (it wasn’t difficult…) but he has well and truly charmed my lovely couple and the bride’s family too, taking them to a national wedding fair and showing a genuine interest in their big day. It is safe to say that Rhod Gilbert really does care about this wedding too, and he’s been working so hard over the last week pulling together all the final bits of planning, organising the décor, photobooth and much, much more in preparation for the big day on Saturday. Everything is coming together just wonderfully, and I’m confident that Oh So Perfect’s first wedding of the 2013 season is certainly not going to be one to forget!

I told Rhod that as a wedding planner it is my job to become like the bride’s best friend. She has to trust me enough to deliver her perfect day exactly as she dreamt it. I think Rhod is doing a very good job of this so far, and if he really does deliver this wedding quite as well as I expect he will on Saturday then he’ll certainly have made it as my BFF for sure!

So lovely followers, please wish us all good luck for Saturday – the day is going to be very long, very stressful, and very tiring, but my gosh it’s going to be bloomin’ brilliant. I simply cannot wait.

The programme will be on BBC1 Wales later this year, and on the iPlayer for all of you lot watching on across the border – I’ll be shouting about it plenty when it airs, you won’t be able to miss it!

With love,
Samantha x

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