How to make tissue paper pom poms

I’m a big fan of using tissue paper pom poms in my party decor. What I love about them is that they are inexpensive and can be used in a wide variety of events. I’ve used them for birthday parties (like this candy party) and baby shower (like this spring shower) + many other events. I often get asked how I make them—so today, I thought I would share my tips for making and also for buying tissue pom poms.

how to make tissue paper pom poms

How to make tissue paper pom poms. They aren’t difficult to make, but I’ll be honest and say they are time consuming. If you have a couple nights to dedicate to making them while watching your favorite TV show, I say go for it. Here are the simple steps I follow:

how to make tissue paper pom poms

Aren’t those finished pom poms gorgeous?! They were used in a first birthday party I spotted over on The Sweetest Occasion.  The DIY method looks like this, not too much to it. It’s a pretty simple method and you can check out the full details and how-to here. Remember though to give yourself some time (and extra tissue for mistakes)! Also, I recommended finding a little higher quality (aka thicker) tissue than what you might typically use for gift wrapping. It’s easier to tear and the thicker paper tends to hold up nicer.

Print out the steps with images so you can have it on hand when you’re making these!

If I’ve scared you or the DIY method just isn’t your thing, I suggest just ordering your tissue pom poms.  They are inexpensive and this will save you from having to trek to 8 different stores in 3 cities to find the perfect shade of teal tissue paper (not like I’ve done that or anything).

Whether you make them, or buy them … these tissue poms are a great way to add some flair without breaking the budget. My daughter even re-purposed her poms from her recent birthday party into decor for her bedroom — love that!


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24 Comments on How to make tissue paper pom poms

  1. melissa
    April 26 at 8:08 am (6 years ago)

    How many sheets do you use?

  2. Lilly
    May 12 at 8:30 am (6 years ago)

    do you use a needle and thread or do you use a hot glue gun to put the flower together.

  3. Your Hostess
    May 17 at 3:24 pm (6 years ago)

    @Melissa – I use about 8-10 sheets of tissue per pom pom.

    @Lily – Neither! All you need is the tissue and some thin floral wire.

  4. Stephanie
    August 13 at 9:40 am (6 years ago)

    How big is this pom pom? And, how would you make the pom pom bigger/smaller? Just add or remove sheets of tissue paper? Thanks!

  5. Hostess Tori
    August 20 at 4:46 pm (6 years ago)

    Stephanie, the “longer” the tissue paper, the larger the pom will be. So, in step 2 (see the photo above) you would simply snip the corners off for the longest pom possible. Cut more off to make it smaller. And yes, the more sheets of tissue the “fuller” it will be. Hope that helps!

  6. Mari
    September 22 at 2:18 pm (5 years ago)

    Why isn’t mine in a round/ball shape?

    • Your Hostess
      September 23 at 5:24 pm (5 years ago)

      Marie — did you round the corners of the tissue?

  7. Kelcie
    November 11 at 4:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Do you think a paper clip would work instead of floral wire?

  8. Tori
    November 11 at 11:20 pm (5 years ago)

    Hi Kelcie, possible — though I’m not sure it’d be long enough. Worth a shot though!

  9. cassandra
    November 20 at 8:08 pm (5 years ago)

    you could use the wire from the garbage bags, ribbon, yarn, string, rubber bands…anything tying it together would work.

  10. Catherine
    December 5 at 4:05 pm (5 years ago)

    We made these for an office party. Fantasic! Cutting the edges evenly was difficult. How did you cut yours so uniformly?

  11. Tori
    December 7 at 10:46 pm (5 years ago)

    Catherine, you could trace the shape that you’re going to trim. Thank might help make them even (though I don’t think they have to be perfect to look good).

  12. shadoulady
    May 18 at 3:02 pm (5 years ago)

    I made these for a teen dance party several years ago. I had no budget, so colored tissue paper was out. After making the
    ‘flowers’, I diluted Rit Dye and sprayed them different colors. They were awesome! Thanks for reminding me of this
    fun project!

  13. Dana
    July 25 at 9:12 am (4 years ago)

    I would like to hang these from my bedroom ceiling. Do you have any suggestions on how i could fasten the wire to the ceiling?

    • Tori
      July 25 at 9:19 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Dana! I have done this several times using thumbtacks. Just “wrap” clear fishing line around the tack and then press it into the ceiling. If your paint is white, use white tacks. If not you can always paint the flat tack head to match your ceiling so it’s not noticeable.

  14. Caryn
    September 3 at 9:49 am (3 years ago)

    Where did you find your purple and teal tissue paper? I throwing a baby shower and those are the colors I’m using! Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Tori
      September 3 at 10:03 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Caryn! It was years ago and I remember picking some up at Target and the other up at a small specialty store. I would look around online too, I bet you can find exactly what you need and have it delivered. Good luck!

  15. Betty smith
    January 23 at 7:35 pm (3 years ago)

    I would love to make the Pom/poms ,,how do I get the directions other than I.pad?

  16. michelle
    April 23 at 11:23 pm (10 months ago)

    we dont have a tissue like that here in our place, can i use another kind of paper? can you suggest what kind of paper?

  17. Acaylar
    December 29 at 1:27 am (2 months ago)

    Hi everyone!!! Also to Tori
    Umm… I don’t understand the steps… Please help me- I AM A POM POM FAN!!!I really love pompoms!!!


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