Friday, April 27, 2012

TISSUE PAPER POM-POM HAPPINESS

I love those tissue paper pom-poms.  They just seem to scream fun!  So, I gave it a try and here is the first one I made:
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When I have the sliding glass screen door in the kitchen open , it catches the breeze and just dances with happiness!  Now what is not to love about that?!  You can find a ton of directions for making these online.  I just googled tissue paper pom-poms and was inundated with directions. These are super easy and you can make them in any size, but the smaller they are, the more difficult they are to do.  Surprisingly, Martha Stewart has some very easy to follow directions and you can find them here, but I'll show you how I made mine.
What you need:
Tissue Paper (8-10 pieces, stacked)
Scissors (I used a rotary cutter, but that's because I'm impatient!)
Thin Wire
I cut my tissue paper in 1/2 lengthwise.  You could make a bigger one by leaving it whole, but since this is for my viewing pleasure and not a party or anything, I wanted a smaller one. 
Next, fan-fold the tissue paper and wrap a piece of wire around the center securely. 
After folding and wiring, I cut the ends into points. It's a little thick, for cutting, but manageable. You can play with this to get different looking designs, but I liked the points.
Then, I put it on it's side as in the picture above, and began to pull the tissue straight up, one layer at a time, gently, slowly, because it can tear.
When I reached the half-way point (5 sheets of tissue pulled up) I flipped it over and pulled up the other 5 sheets.  Then I made a loop out of the attached wire and used some fishing line to hang it by.
That's it.  I made two different sizes, just by adjusting the length of the tissue paper.
This was so easy and inexpensive, I know that I'll make some for my next outdoor picnic/party and hang them in the trees and on the deck.  In the meantime, I'm enjoying the one hanging by the sliding door in my kitchen!
  Now go make yourself one and enjoy some dancing happiness in your house!

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7 comments:

  1. I love poms too. The green looks great. Megan

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  2. Love those! They look awesome!

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  3. I love poms! I made them for Riley's birthday and managed to break two pairs of sisters. You'd think I would have learned my lesson after the first set broke.

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  4. I'm pinning this so I can find it again when I have a little time to try it! ~ Maureen

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  5. I love pom poms and they'd be perfect for a summer outdoor party! Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina.

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  6. So cute!!! AND you actually managed to hang them up! I made some sometimes before Christmas. They did look lovely, but would have had to get the ladder to hang them from the ceiling and was too lazy (ladder in the storeroom behind tons of highly important stuff...) so they never got hung. Have actually no idea what happened to them :-)
    hugs to you
    jutta

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