DIY: Shake your PomPom


Martha Stewart has started a DIY sensation.

Poms are everywhere. Everywhere I tell you!

Wedding magazines are covered with them. Nurseries, bakeries and bedroom have clusters of them and I like making them! These are deceptively simple and incredibly inexpensive.

Do you have $4 and 20 minutes? Perfect! Try this out:

Step 1. Stack 6-10 sheets of tissue paper. Fold them in an accordion fashion. If you use more sheets you’ll have a fuller pom. I used 6 because I was running short on paper. Don’t use less than 6 or your pom will start to look like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree-pom.

Step 2: Wrap a piece of wire around the middle of the accordian. I used jewelry wire. You could also use a twisty tie. I have also used a paperclip in a pinch.

Step 3: Cut a piece of ribbon and tie it around the middle. Trust me. Martha Stewart says to attach it at the end. She’s wrong. Martha is almost never wrong. This is one of those times.

Step 4: Round the edges of the accordion with scissors. Don’t skip this step! Your pom will look a lot less jagged.

Plus then they look like giant flower petals!

Step 5: Slowly peel away the layers towards the middle. Be very gentle because the tissue paper can tear easily. If it does tear, which some of mine did, hopefully it will be in the middle where you can hide it.

Step 6: Fluff and hang!

The best thing about poms is they are always appropriate. Bridal showers, birthday parties, just for fun… And at $1.00 for 10 sheets of tissue paper, you can’t go wrong!

Have you made poms before?

15 thoughts on “DIY: Shake your PomPom

  1. Nice tutorial πŸ™‚ I have a couple poms hanging on the wall above my craft table but I used cute napkins i found on sale instead of tissue paper and it worked great. You just have to separate the tissue layers of the napkin. I love your site!!

  2. Saw poms at a park just this Saturday. We’d attended a 1-year old girl’s birthday party and her mom had hung pink and yellow poms between the trees near the cupcake and gift tables. Very cheery and festive. On March 6, I came in view of my first poms. My housemate had hung them in our backyard for her son’s 1st birthday party — blues and yellow. The colors and cheer reminded me of a certain wedding I attended on August 14, 2010. I’m a fan of the party pom now. Glad to read Martha Stewart gets the credit. These are very similar to paper flowers I’ve made for various Mexican fiesta themed celebrations. I enjoyed your step-by-step photos and the cluster of pom photos.

  3. Love! I am using poms (staggered with more modern paper lanterns) for our wedding next year. That little pop of color and whimsy is perfect for Spring!

  4. This reminds me of highschool. We would do national float compititions and had to make thousands of tissue paper flowers (same logistics only smaller). Its amazing that its now a decorative accent!

  5. Katharine! POP QUIZ! i’m about to make a million of these for Mason’s birthday party. Where did you find the best deal on tissue paper? I need Blue and Green, the best I’ve found is $1 for 8 sheets at iparty. Thoughts? πŸ™‚

  6. Thanks for the tutorial… I love it! I’m planning my son’s 3rd birthday party and these would be fun to hang over the table!

  7. What measurement did you use for the tulle and how many layers? I love the look of the tulle vs the tissue. I am having a baby shower for my daughter next month and would love to get started on these. Thank you for the great idea!

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