How to Make Tissue Pom Poms

    by Deborah Cohn

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    Deborah has been creating and managing web content for over ten years. She has a BA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in screenwriting from The American Film Institute. Her writing has appeared in the Netbook web guides, and she has created and managed content for Yahoo,, and dozens of websites ranging from web comics to IBM and GE.


    Tissue paper pom-poms are a delicate decoration that can add elegance, color, and fun to any event. Hang them from the ceiling, use them to build centerpieces, or accent place settings with them. They can also be used for house decor or innovative toppers for wrapped gifts. Although tissue paper pom-poms are not exceptionally durable, they are inexpensive and fairly easy to make with supplies you probably have on hand.

    Things You'll Need

    • Ruler
    • 15 to 20 sheets of tissue paper per pom-pom
    • 6 inches of pipe cleaner (or floral wire) per pom-pom
    • Scissors

    Choose the desired size of the finished pom-pom to determine the size of tissue paper you need. The finished pom-pom will be a bit smaller than the width of the sheet of tissue paper. Use 17-inch by 30-inch sheets of tissue paper for medium-sized pom-poms and 20-inch by 30-inch sheets for large pom-poms. Cut the tissue paper to the correct size, if necessary.

    Lay eight to 10 sheets of tissue paper in a stack on a flat surface.

    Fold the stack of tissue paper lengthwise, starting at the bottom. Fold the tissue paper back and forth, accordian-style.

    Cut each end of the folded stack into either a rounded edge or a point.

    Wrap 6 inches of pipe cleaner or floral wire tightly around the center of the folded paper to create two separate fan shapes on either side of the pipe cleaner.

    Leave a tail on the pipe cleaner/floral wire if you plan to attach your pom-pom to something or if you want it to have the appearance of a “stem.” If you don’t need the tail, wrap the pipe cleaner completely around the paper or cut it off.

    Separate each layer of tissue on either side of the pipe cleaner/floral wire gently, starting from the top of each sheet. Pull each layer of tissue toward the center where you secured the stack of paper. This should form a basic pom-pom shape.

    Fluff or compress the tissue paper until you achieve the desired shape and fullness for the pom-pom.

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