DIY Wedding - Tissue Paper Pom Poms

June 2012

We gave ourselves the ambitions task of decorating a working modern barn, at nearly 10 meters high we had a lot of empty space to soak up. We started by lowering the height of the roof with drapped fabric and 300 LED lights. We then used a mix of over 50 blue and white tissue paper pom poms, hung in lines of five on long stretches of fishing tackle.

You can buy pom poms which fold out for around £5 each, for us that would have been a total of £250. Alternatively, you can buy tissue paper and floristry wire for around £80 and make them. Even better, you can half make them and store them flat, ready to puff up when ready to hang at the venue. Not only can they create texture, movement, and add varying height and depth to a room, they create fantastic wedding photography opportunities.

You will need the following:

  • 10 sheets of 20x30" tissue paper for each pom pom
  • 1 piece of floristry or gardening wire for each pom pom
  • cotton or fishing tackle to hang each pom pom.

The photos which accompany this post should help better illustrate the process.

Lay flat out the 10 sheets of issue paper.

Begin folding over about an inch at a time.

Continue alternately folding, like a concertina.

Tightly wrap floristry wire around the middle of the folded tissue paper, create a small loop or hole where you twist the wire to hang the pom pom when finished. It is at this stage you can decide to trim the edges of the tissue paper to a point or a small curve.

Gently fan out one side and begin to tease up one sheet at a time, running your fingers underneath the single sheet of tissue paper along the ridges. Continue until you've teased up five sheets, and have a quarter of a pom pom.

Turn the pom pom over, and begin to tease up the side of the remaining five sheets until you have half a pom pom.

Repeat 5 and 6 on the other half of the pom pom.

Looking down the middle, you can hold the pom pom from the center on the other side, and begin to tease as much of the tissue paper up into the center.

When completed, you can tease and position the tissue paper all the way around the pom pom to create a more even or wavey look.

Jon Coupée

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