Easy DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms [Video]

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Fancy making some easy DIY tissue paper pom poms to use as cheap party decorations? Check out our step-by-step tutorial and video below!

If you’ve seen our DIY swirl roses tutorial then you’ll know we’ve really got into making paper flowers recently. 

We already have plans to learn how to make hibiscus paper flowers and even hyacinths, so be sure to look out for our blogs and videos once we’ve figured those out too.

For now though, here’s everything you need to make pretty and super easy DIY tissue paper pom poms that look a little like peonies. 

They make great party decorations but we’ve also come up with some other uses for them too!

Close up of tissue paper pom poms

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Supplies

Here’s what you need to make these DIY tissue paper pom poms:

How To Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

1. Lay your sheets of tissue paper on top of each other.

TIP: The number of sheets and size of the sheets will influence how big (or small) your tissue paper pom poms will be. We personally love the effect you get with seven layers of A4 sized tissue paper. However, you could go as small as 5 inch wide tissue paper, which will use just 4 layers of it.

As long as you can get multiple layers of the same size out of your tissue paper, then this is also a really good project to do if you have some tissue paper leftover from another project such as tissue paper bleeding art

2. Concertina / accordion fold your layers of tissue paper an inch at a time until you’re left with a long rectangular strip.

3. Pop a staple in the middle to hold the layers of tissue paper together.

TIP: If you want to turn your pom poms into stemmed flowers for a vase, then you could tie the folds with a green pipe cleaner at this point instead of stapling them. Just be sure to leave enough pipe cleaner hanging over the edge to replicate the flower’s stem.

4. Curve off each end of your rectangle with your scissors so you get an oblong shape.

IMPORTANT: Don’t be tempted to cut along the straight edge of your rectangle to neaten it up. If you cut into the concertina folds then your flower won’t take shape!

5. Fold out one side of your oblong like a fan.

6. Carefully, start pulling each layer towards the middle to separate out the petals.

TIP: If it’s your first time making these tissue paper pom poms then it’s easier to make each layer of tissue paper a different colour, so you can clearly see which layers have been pulled apart. They also look extra lovely when made in contrasting and harmonious colours… you could even make fun rainbow coloured ones!

7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 on the other side of your pom pom.

Ta-da! You now have one very pretty tissue paper pom pom!

Rainbow Coloured Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Tissue Paper Pom Poms Tutorial [How To Video]

If you want to see this tissue paper pom poms tutorial in video form then here you go!

 

Making Colourful Multi-Toned Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Although we’ve seen lots of tissue paper pom pom tutorials using just one colour of tissue paper, we’re all about colour at House of Mahalo, so we came up with these fun colour combinations, which might also inspire you…

Rainbow Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Rainbow Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Made with red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple tissue paper. 

To get the red colour in the middle of your pom pom, make sure your tissue paper is layered up with red on the bottom of the stack.

Otherwise, you’ll get purple in the middle, which doesn’t have quite the same kind of rainbow effect.

Pink & Yellow Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Pink & Yellow Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Made with 5 sheets of pink tissue paper and 2 sheets of yellow tissue paper.

To get the pink in the middle, make sure the pink sheets are at the bottom of your stack before folding.

Pink, Blue & Purple Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Pink, Purple & Blue Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Made with 3 sheets of blue tissue paper and 1 each of pink and purple tissue paper.

For a blue centre, make sure the blue sheets are at the bottom of your tissue paper stack before folding.

Pink & White Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Colourful vase of flowers cross stitch

Made with 4 sheets of pink tissue paper and 3 sheets of white tissue paper.

For a pretty two-tone effect, layer your tissue paper in alternating colours with pink at the bottom and top.

These are just some ideas. We’ve even seen some people colouring the edges of white tissue paper to give a more realistic flower effect.

You can go for whatever colours you fancy – especially if you’ve got a bumper pack of tissue paper in all kinds of rainbow colours!

Colourful Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Party Decorations & Other Uses

Beyond the obvious of using these fabulous tissue paper pom poms as cheap party decorations, there are lots of other ways you could use them.

Here are a few ideas we’ve come up with:

  • Staple or glue your pom poms to a piece of ribbon and make a fun tissue paper pom pom garland or mobile. We actually made one of these for our window, so we could join in with all the rainbow fun that children in our neighbourhood were doing… with a unique twist!
  • Decorate plain picture frames with them
  • Glue a bunch of them into a shadow box frame for some pretty (and cheap!) wall art

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Rainbow

Colourful Tissue Paper Pom Poms

DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Fancy learning how to make easy DIY tissue paper pom poms for cheap party decorations? Check out our step-by-step tutorial below!

Materials

  • Tissue paper
  • (Optional) Green pipe cleaners, string or ribbon

Tools

  • Stapler
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Lay your sheets of tissue paper on top of each other.
  2. Concertina / accordion fold your layers of tissue paper an inch at a time until you’re left with a long rectangular strip.
  3. Pop a staple in the middle to hold the layers of tissue paper together.
  4. Curve off each end of your rectangle with your scissors so you get an oblong shape.
  5. Fold out one side of your oblong like a fan.
  6. Carefully, start pulling each layer of tissue paper towards the middle to separate out the petals.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 on the other side of your pom pom.

Notes

TIP 1: The number of sheets and size of the sheets will influence how big (or small) your tissue paper pom poms will be. We personally love the effect you get with seven layers of A4 sized tissue paper. However, you could go as small as 5 inch wide tissue paper, which will use just 4 layers of it.

TIP 2: If you want to turn your pom poms into stemmed flowers for a vase, then you could tie the folds with a green pipe cleaner instead of stapling them. Just be sure to leave enough pipe cleaner hanging over the edge to replicate the flower’s stem.

TIP 3: If it’s your first time making these tissue paper pom poms then it’s easier to make each layer of tissue paper a different colour, so you can clearly see which layers have been pulled apart. They also look extra lovely when made in contrasting and harmonious colours… you could even make fun rainbow coloured ones!


We hope you have fun making these super easy DIY tissue paper pom poms! We’d also love to see a photo if you do make them, so don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @houseofmahalo!

Fancy making even more paper flowers? Check out these easy swirl roses!

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DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms

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Justine is one half of the newlywed duo behind this home and craft blog, as well as the couples travel blog Wanderers of the World. When not away travelling with her husband and Rough Collie, she's always making something or busying about the house. So really, it's no surprise that House of Mahalo was born!

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