I am nearly 19. crikey. And my next youngest sister is nearly 16. One of the best parts about having a birthday so close to my sister’s is that the party lasts from the end of February to the middle of March. So this year, to prepare to celebrate our consecutive birthdays, we made tissue paper pom-pom things and hung them from the various tall places in our house. And I do have to say, they look simply lovely.
and in case you were wondering, yes, that second to last pom-pom was made by the boy, and since it was smaller, we put it on a stick in a flower pot. love!
Were these hard to make? Not at all!
Here’s the instructions we used:
(Thank you to Audrey from Oh So Pretty for the instructions!)
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.)
+ 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.
+ 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).
So really, all you need are these 4 things:
And wa-la! So pretty!
To top off the afternoon, my amazing mom made cake. Carrot cake. Yum-o!