Excuse me if I’m like a chihuahua on catnip with this post. I’m just really excited about these tissue paper pompoms. Actually, not just these ones, but really all tissue paper pompoms in general. And it’s not just me! My daughter had a friend over for a sleepover the other day and I heard her say “Wow! Where did you get those? What do you mean you made them? What? How?!” So yeah, if a nine year old is excited about one of my crafts, then that’s a big deal.
I first made a few of these a couple of years ago for Kennedy’s birthday party, but I had to bring this craft out again for the bedroom makeover we’ve been doing for her because they just make any space look fun and festive and just generally awesome – for pennies! And it’s one of the least-frustrating crafts that you can do. If you’ve made these before, then you know why I’m so enthused about them. If not, oh my goodness are you ever about to love me!
First of all, they’re so easy that I didn’t even make these this time. I let Kennedy do all the work and take all the credit and I just snapped some pictures while we did a little back deck crafting. So that’s saying something!
Here’s how it goes!
All you need is some basic tissue paper (like from the gift wrapping department), some scissors, and some kind of string or bendable wire.
To make a large pompom, use 6-10 sheets full-size sheets, to make smaller pompoms, cut the sheets in half and use 6-10 half-sheets.
Stack your sheets and fold them accordion-style, making your pleats about 1.5 inches wide.
When you’re done, it will look like this:
Perfection not required!
Next you’ll tie your string around the middle of the accordion.
You’ll feel like you should tie it really tightly, but don’t. The looser the string is, the easier it will be to fluff up your pompom later.
Next, take your scissors and trim the ends of your accordion. This will make the “petals” of your pompom look pretty. You can cut them into a round shape, or a point, or whatever you want.
Baby photo bomb!
Next, separate the accordion folds on one side of your pompom and get ready to fluff!
Separate each sheet from the rest of the pack by gently pulling up. Do one sheet at a time until all of them on that one side are done.
Isn’t it looking amazing already?? So much fluffyness!
Flip it over and do the same to the other side.
Aren’t they awesome?
Kennedy’s pretty thrilled with them and so am I! Clearly.
Can’t wait to show you how fun they look hung up in her room!
If you’ve got a party coming up, or a girl’s room to decorate, or anywhere that you want a little extra fabulous floofyness, give this one a try!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.