DIY // TISSUE PAPER POMS

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Tissue paper pom poms are a fun touch to add to your decor for any occasion. They work for baby showers, wedding receptions, birthday parties and practically any other event. I used poms above the dessert table at my wedding reception. I was a 100% diy bride and when it came down to that last detail, I was too tired and overwhelmed to take on making my own poms. If I knew how easy and quick they are to make I would have definitely made my own.

Here is a photo of the dessert table at my wedding. The poms definitely add a fun pop of color to this area, don’t you think?
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These photos were taken by a very talented Kansas City based photographer, Rusty Wright of RJ Stills Photography. I suggest you check out his wonderful wedding photography.
Anyways…back to the poms.
My friend Katie is having a baby shower this summer, so I offered to make the poms for the decor. I was happy that I finally had an excuse to make my own poms.
Here is what you’ll need:
+ 10 sheets of the same color tissue paper  (Most people suggest 8 sheets but I found they turned out best with at least 10 sheets.)
+ Scissors
+ Monofiliment or fishing line (for hanging the poms)
+ Bendable wire (I used 24 gauge)
And here are the simple steps for pom making:
1. Stack 10-12 sheets of tissue paper. I bought  paper at Paper Source on the plaza. If you haven’t been there I suggest you check it out…tons of great stuff to choose from!
2. Make 1 1/2-inchwide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.
3. Wrap your wire over center of folded tissue; twist until tightly secured. With scissors, trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.
4. Separate the tissue layers, pulling away from center one at a time. Once pulled apart evenly, fluff the sections until you are happy with the fullness.
5. Tie a length of monofilament to wire for hanging.
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I will post photos on my blog after the shower to show you how they looked as part of the decor.
TIPS: 
+ I found the poms look better when you cut the rounded (or pointy) shape pretty deep instead of just the ends.
+ The first pom I made was a dud. I made it too big and didn’t cut the rounded ends very deep and it turned out poorly. I made some  adjustments on my second pom and they all turned out great after that.
+ To make a smaller pom follow the same steps but simply cut down your tissue paper to a smaller rectangle or square.
+ I made a multi-colored pom using 4 sheets each of 4 similar colors (a fun alternative to a solid colored pom).
Other pom decor ideas:
You can also make a cute pom banner or vertical hanging poms like these:
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