How to Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Tissue paper pom poms are a simple and affordable way to decorate your home for birthday parties or special occasions.

A fun way to add a large statement to party decorations is the addition of tissue paper pom poms. All you need to make these pom poms are tissue paper in a few fun colors, thread, and a pair of scissors! Since tissue paper is available in so many different colors, patterns, and sizes, the decoration possibilities are endless.

Tissue paper pom poms look amazing hanging from light fixtures or over a table. They also are fun to bunch in corners of either a room or a doorway. Add them to a balloon arch for a little added color and texture too!

tissue paper pom pom

I make tissue paper pom poms for many different occasions, like my little sister’s graduation party and my kids’ birthdays. They are ridiculously simple to make and very inexpensive. That makes them perfect for any decorating occasion!

Pom Pom Supplies

– Tissue paper (8-10 pieces per pom pom)
– Thread
– Scissors
– A show to watch on Netflix (Here are a few of my favorites!)

tissue paper pom pom

How to Make Paper Pom Poms

Start with 8-10 sheets of standard tissue paper to create a large, full ball. I bought all of my tissue paper at Target for $1.50 per package of single-color tissue paper. Each package contains 8 sheets of tissue paper. Open the package and lay out the tissue paper. Then, fold the stack of tissue paper accordion style.

tissue paper pom pom

Once all of the tissue paper is folded accordion style, fold it in half to create a crease in the middle of the paper. Use a pair of scissors and make a small cut on each side of the crease. Don’t cut all the way through the paper! Just cut two slits. Once the slits are cut, take the thread, wrap it around the stack of paper between the slits and tie a knot.

tissue paper pom pom

Tie the tissue paper securely together. Then use scissors to round both edges of the tissue paper stack. The rounded edges make the pom poms look more flower-like and polished. Once the edges of the tissue paper are rounded, lay the pom pom down and fan out both sides. Then, slowly pull up each sheet of tissue paper one at a time. Since my pom poms consist of 8 sheets of paper I pulled up 4 sheets on one side, then flipped it over to pull up the other four.

tissue paper pom pom

Be careful not to tear the tissue paper as you pull them up! Once each sheet of tissue paper has been pulled up, give the pom poms a little fluff to create full, round puffs. I absolutely love the look of hanging the pom poms in clumps of three contrasting colors.

Different Sizes of Pom Poms

Tissue paper pom poms are easy to customize. To make smaller poms, simply use smaller sheets of tissue paper. To do this, either purchase smaller tissue paper or cut large sheets down to size. The tissue paper I typically purchase is 16″ x 24,” so I cut it down to 8″ x 12″ for small pom poms. These small poms look great as part of a larger pom pom cluster, a balloon garland, or as tabletop decor. Cut the tissue paper even smaller to create a fun tissue pom pom garland for a fireplace!

These pom poms are so cute and fun! Get more fun decoration ideas, like Encanto decorations and Mary Poppins.

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37 Comments

  1. I love them! I had no idea how simple these were to make (and now that I do know, that can only lead to trouble).

  2. I love the colors she choose and can’t wait to see how the rest of the decorations come together. Paper Poms are the best!

  3. I love them, especially the color combination! They’re a pain to open up though. It’s great that you got a head start on the decor!

  4. I wanted to do these for an upcoming event, so I’m glad you posted. Now I don’t have to go browsing Pinterest. 3 movies? It was that time consuming? Please tell me you made 100 of them or something…

    1. Haha. I made like 15, but it took me a longer time because I have a brace on my arm. Plus I was severely distracted by Mr. Darcy and his love for Elizabeth 😉

  5. When I was in high school in the ’70s, we used to make these all the time. But instead of using thread to hold the tissue in the center, we used a twistie. That way we could then wire the pom-pom on to something we were making, which was usually chicken wire for a parade float or some sort of prom decor.

  6. haha we must be on the same wavelength with our pompom chandeliers this month! 🙂
    I still have poms hanging in our dining room, because they’re just too fun to take down – i say leave them up as long as possible!
    Can’t wait to see how everything comes together – your sister is lucky to have you putting this together for her! 🙂

  7. The pom poms are so colourful and fun – great idea to hang them from the chandeliers, and looking forward to seeing how they look in your trees 🙂

    I remember making tissue paper pom poms in elementary school years ago 🙂

    Have fun getting the final party preparations done – I’m sure it’s going to be a great party! Your sister is a lucky girl 🙂

  8. Tissue pom-poms always look so cute! I love the color combo, too. And how come school colors are never cute?? Who decided things like green and orange together would be a good idea?

  9. I made a whole bunch of these for our wedding a few years ago, simple but time consuming. That’s so sweet of you to throw your sister a grad party. 🙂

  10. Oooh these are such fun! For our wedding, we had a tissue paper/coffee filter wall behind our bar and it was fantastic! It’s a great way to add decor on a budget!

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