Monday, 9 July 2012

DIY: Paper Pom Poms for the New Flat


I FINALLY MOVED. Ugh packing took forever, and there are still a few boxes that need sorted, but I am mostly settled into my new flat. Even though it's a third of the size of my old home I really love it- it's in a perfect location & the bus service that runs right past my work & straight into the city centre stops right outside my front door- ideal!I'm still in the process of organising & decorating the space (have made quite a few trips to the charity shop to drop off boxes) plus I have been working a lot as I'm having to pull extra shifts & look after the place for my boss whilst she's on her holidays.

One thing I did want to do for my living room was make some paper pom poms to hang in a corner as 1) I'm obsessed with them & 2) they're fun, cheap & easy to make & are an easy way to add a bit of colour to a room. They are so easy to make I could fill my flat with them if I didn't restrain myself, so I thought I'd do a quick DIY post so you can try it for yourself.


You will need:

  • Sheets of tissue paper, at least 10 or so.
  • Floral wire- I've used the paper covered kind, but you can get all kinds, and thicknesses too, just make sure it's easy to twist into place.
  • Scissors (preferably large & heavy as the paper can be hard to cut once folded)

Layer your sheets of tissue paper on top of one another (large sheets make large pom poms & small ones make small poms) Iwouldn't recommend making them too big. Also more sheets/layers make fluffier poms but are more fiddly to do. Fold them all together in a concertina fold, like you were making a paper fan.


Twist the floral wire round the centre of the folded paper to keep it together. Round the ends with your scissors. You don't have to be neat.


Open out the folds by pulling the edges towards one another to make a flower.


Tease the layers apart to make your pom pom fluffy- this is the fiddly bit (although not too bad). Try not to tear it, but don't panic of you make a couple of rips here & there, you will never notice them once it's done.


That's it! Your pom pom is now ready for display. You can hang them, like I have done with mine, by twisting the floral wire into a loop & tying ribbon, string or clear nylon thread through it. You can also twist the wire round things to attach it to a fixed place (I have attached a couple of big pink ones to the sunlight in my bedroom this way), or just set it on a shelf.

And if you get bored or redecorate you can always make new ones in different colours! You can experiment with size, (really little ones are super cute) number of layers of paper, or you could use a different coloured layer each time to make rainbow pom poms!

Now all I have to do is try to figure out how I can combine my love of twinkly lights & paper poms- my little flat would be perfect!

18 comments:

  1. Wow, I love these! I'mm looking for some DIY ideas for my new apartment! I also really like the way you incorporated text into your post very clean and cutesy :) Thank you for the follow as well.

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    1. Aw thanks! Yeah I'm on the lookout for some more DIYs for my new space too- I like the individual look DIY adds to a room x

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  2. These flowers look so great! I love them.

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  3. So stinkin' cute. These would be great for a party or something! I'm going to have to remember how to do this :) Thanks for the nifty idea girl!

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    1. Aw thank you, you're welcome! Yeah they'd be great party decorations- I actually saw how to make them on the Martha Stewart diy wedding site haha! x

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  4. They look great, love your colour choices too- I plan on making about a million of these for my wedding. x

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I originally saw them on the Martha Stewart wedding site actually- they're perfect decor for weddings x

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  5. Those came out so wonderfully! I am actually thinking about making some for my wedding to help add a little more color and fun!

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    1. I actually got the idea from the Martha Stewart wedding site- gotta love Martha- I think they'd be perfect to add a little bit of handmade fun to a wedding! x

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  6. oh wow these look lovely! and don't look too complicated! I might give it a go ;) x

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    1. They are RIDICULOUSLY easy, which is why I love them! Definitely try it x

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  7. How fun! You made it look so easy! I moved 2 or 3 weeks ago... I can't keep track... but I still have yet to completely unpack. Yikes!

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    1. I'm just about unpacked now- took me ages though :( x

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  8. This is so cute, it looks so fun!!
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