Halloween is only a few weeks away and it is my favourite time of the year next to Christmas time. I love decorating the house with the kids and planning our Halloween costumes weeks in advance.A couple of years ago I used to own an online party shop where I would custom make all sorts of decorations for parties, weddings, birthdays etc.. These tissue pom poms were my most popular item in the shop. They really are a great way to dress up a room or event for little cost and I think they are so effective. I originally made them for my own wedding back in 2012 when we got married in a Marquee in Ballybeg House in Co Wicklow.
After our wedding, people started asking me to make them for different occasions and businesses asked me to make them for their shop windows.I made a little business out of it for a year or two but in the end it was way too time consuming for little return.
Believe it or not Tissue Pom Poms are very simple to make once you know how.
You can make pom poms at any time of the year, for any occasion and they also store really well. I always keep a few in the attic for a last minute family celebration. They would never be as fluffy as when you make them first but they certainly do the job as a last minute decoration.
What do I need?
16 Large sheets of Orange Tissue Paper (50 x75cm)
Garden Wire/Pipe Cleaner
String to hang
How To Make One:
Lay out 16 sheets of tissue paper
Fold accordion style 1-1/12 inch wide all the way along the short side
Fold the pom pom in half to make a crease at the centre and secure with a pipe cleaner or some garden wire
Use a scissors to trim the ends of the tissue paper into a semi circle petal shape
Separate the layers of tissue paper in the same direction on one side. Repeat this on the other side.
Use a piece of chalk to draw out some scary pumpkin faces on black card and glue them onto your pumpkin.
You can also cute out a pumpkin stalk with green card and glue it on
You can hang them from the ceiling with string and use a thumbtack to secure in place or decorate your window or porch with them as a cheaper alternative to pumpkins!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, if you have any questions please let me know in the comments below,
*As featured in my children’s arts and crafts column in This months Mothers and Babies Magazine in The Irish Independent.