How to make tissue paper pom poms

As promised here is the step by step tutorial for how to make tissue paper pom poms, also known as tissue paper balls, or tissue paper poofs.  These are surprisingly quick to put together and add an easy burst of colour to any room or party!  Check out all of our tissue paper crafts here.

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You can get tissue paper at the dollar store, 20 pieces for $1.  So that’s two tissue paper pom poms per pack making each one only $0.50.

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How to Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

And now for my very first video tutorial ever:  (I still have to master my video editing skills, so go easy on me…)

Count out a pile of 10 sheets of tissue paper and lay them flat:

sheet of pink tissue paper

Fold the end in about 1″ to 1.5″ and fold it accordion style (fold, flip over, fold, flip over, repeat): how to make tissue paper poofs | onelittleproject.com

Continue to fold it accordion style: how to make tissue paper balls | onelittleproject.com

Until you have folded the whole thing: how to make tissue paper poofs | onelittleproject.com

It doesn’t need to be perfect.  The tissue paper is pretty forgiving: making tissue paper pom poms

Fold it in half to find the center: making tissue paper poofs

Wrap a wire around the middle (I used dollar store jewellery wire): making tissue paper pom poms

And secure it to hold everything in place (Note: This would be a good time to attach thread or fishing line if you plan to hang it): making tissue paper poofs

Round the edges of both ends.  The shallower the cut, the shallower the “petals” of the tissue paper pom pom will be: making tissue paper balls

So now you should have something that looks like this: how to make tissue paper pom poms | onelittleproject.com

Take one piece of tissue paper: how to make tissue paper pom poms | onelittleproject.com

And pull it away from the rest of them: how to make tissue paper balls | onelittleproject.com

Continue pulling apart the layers of tissue paper: how to make tissue paper poofs | onelittleproject.com

The layers will start to look like this: diy tissue paper pom poms

Once you finish one half, pull apart all the layers of the second half: diy tissue paper pom poms

Fluff up all the layers until you get it into a good ball shape: diy tissue paper pom poms | onelittleproject.com

Then hang it from the ceiling with some fishing line and you are good to go!

How to hang tissue paper pom poms?

There are basically three methods to hang tissue paper pom poms (If I’ve missed any please leave your suggestions in the comments!):

  1. Tape the string to the ceiling or tape them directly to the ceiling – This will only work if it’s not stucco.  I don’t recommend hanging them above a baby’s crib with tape since they could easily fall, but tape would work very well for party decorations.
  2. Screw a small hook into the ceiling.  Unfortunately this damages the ceiling surface, but at least you’ll know it’s going to stay put.
  3. Use Command adhesive hooks like these or or these on the ceiling.  Again, this isn’t going to work on a stucco ceiling, but it comes off without a mess so it’s definitely the way to go if you have a smooth ceiling!

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You might also enjoy our other tissue paper flower tutorials:

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  • Alison Wood

    Absolutely love this tutorial! I will be making this for my girl’s room. So cute and feminine and thrifty! Pinning this one and am now following via Twitter and Pinterest. Your blog looks so professional Keep up the great work! found you at Cheerios and Lattes:)

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      That’s so sweet! Thank you so much Alison! :)

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  • Carol Stebner

    These are just adorable, and I think you did a great job on the video tutorial!

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      Thank you! I was really nervous how it was going to work out! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/purpledani9 Danielle DeVane Wells

    wow! This looks easy! I thought it would be alot more involved! I think I may try this for my own craft room! :)Found you via link party this afternoon and your blog design is beautiful is so neat and professional looking! :)
    Danielle@snipetsofinspiration.com

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      Thanks Danielle! I checked out your blog too – nice to see a fellow piano player. :)

  • Karen Smith

    Could have totally used this last month for my daughter’s bday party! Too cute. FYI I’m visiting from we did it Wednesday.

  • Lisa DiMeo

    I have a graduation party to plan and I am SO going to do this! Thanks for shairing!

  • Ruth

    Debbie these are so great and such a wonderful tutorial for them too! I am loving your blog – I’d be thrilled if you linked up this and any other frugal projects with us at Living Well Spending Less! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      Thank you! I will check out your link party. :)

  • veronica

    Ooo! I am throwing a baby shower in a few weeks and I have been wanting to make these but did not know how. Your directions are so clear and the pictures are great – I am sure I can figure it out now!! Thanks!

  • Jennifer Neill

    We’re entering party season and these will be great decorations!

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    Featuring you today! :)

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  • http://wickedjypsi.blogspot.com/ Giselle-Wickedjypsi

    This is a wonderful idea…I am so glad to find this right in time for my niece’s grad party :)) Thank you so much!!!

  • Angela Roberts

    I love hanging pretty little things from the ceiling securely with a clear push-pin. It leaves a small hole, but your eye won’t notice it from the ground! :)

    • http://onelittleproject.com/ Debbie @ One Little Project

      That’s an awesome idea! I will have to try that next time! Thanks for sharing!

  • megan

    Hi Debbie,Thankyou so much for your step by step details on how to make paper pom poms this was so easy and i absoutely loved doing this
    i think in know time my whole house will be covered in pom poms lol
    once again thankyou so much kind regards megan :-)

  • Emma

    Thank you for this tutorial….looking at ideas to decorate my 5yr old daughters birthday party room. Very effective & doesn’t break the bank!

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  • http://designfixation.blogspot.com/ Faith Towers

    Thanks for the tutorial! I used half sheets to make smaller pom poms and they came out great :)