Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pom Pom Tutorial

A client sent me this photo of a gorgeous nursery and commented that she wanted to create a pompom installation in her daughter's new "big girl" room.  She was looking for a resource to purchase the poms.  I quickly stopped her from shopping, because I knew I could DIY these babies!
via ohdeedoh

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Tutorial


Tissue paper
Embroidery thread
Something to help you get sharp folds...I used a chopstick

Step 1:  Start with 6 sheets of tissue, and fold it accordion style.  You can fold it either horizontally or vertically depending on how large you want the finished pom.

Step 2:  Use the embroidery thread to tie the folded tissue in the middle.  

Step 3: Cut the ends.  This was by far the hardest part, because you will have to cut through many layers.  You can cut it in many different patterns.  I did both a point and a curve.

Step 4:  Fan out your folds, and then begin to slowly and carefully pull each layer towards the middle.  It is easiest to hold it in the middle with one hand, and then pull each layer toward you.  Take your time, as it is easy to rip the paper.  If you do rip it, that is okay.  Once you have fluffed the whole pom, small tears are unnoticeable.

Final Product.....
I ended up making 2 large, 1 medium, and 2 small poms in about 1 hour.  The only cost was the price of the tissue paper, and you may already have that!


  1. Thank you for the tutorial!
    This will be great for a party decoration;>

  2. GORGEOUS creations, I love the huge collection of them in that photo! I found you through the etsy blog team, I am your newest follower!!

    -rachel w k