Friday, November 12, 2010

Birthday Party Prep Part 2 Tissue Paper Pom Poms!

I soooooo wish I were one of those people who could regularly survive on 4 -5 hours of sleep a night. But, I'm not. I need a solid 7 hours, at least. Or I am no fun to be around for a good part of the day.

In realizing this, and my current 'lame' state of health. I have to adjust my expectations. So my previous ambitious list (last post) is being shaved down to a more realistic list. It's looking something like this...

1. Paper Bunting  (Check)
2. Pinwheels  Tissue Paper pom poms (today's post (check))
3. Party favors
4. Sweater Stuffies
5. Birthday Girl Skirts  :(

So that's it. I figure if I can get those few things done, everything else is a bonus!
On with the Pom Poms! I know this isn't a new idea but, I have been wanting to make these for years! My sister recently made some for a friends baby shower. Go check out her blog, its great and she has some really awesome tutorials up. The poms are so pretty, inexpensive, and customizable. I did a little google research and came across this super easy tutorial on Little Miss Crafts. Go check it out.

This is what you'll need:
  • Tissue paper in various colors. I picked mine up at the dollar store.
  • scissors
  • kids hair elastics
  • ribbon
Start with 8 -10 pieces of tissue paper. starting at one end begin to make accordion folds, until you fold the entire sheet. Next, secure in the middle with an elastic, and attach a length of ribbon to the elastic. It should look like this....

Next, trim the ends. You can round them, or cut them into points. Like this....
Then you'll want to start separating the layers one by one. Take your time with this step, after a few layers, you'll get the hang of it.

Once they are all separated you will end up with these!

So pretty! Also, you don't have to trim the edges at all. if you don't they will look like the pink one in the bottom of the above photo. If you don't trim the edges, I'd suggest adding a few more sheets of paper for fullness.

Happy Friday, and enjoy! ~ Katrina

***Question: can y'all see my links??? they show up on my phone but not on the desktop.... just curious.***


  1. These are so cute. I've been wanting to make them as well, so thanks for the tutorial. Your girls are going to love the party even if it isn't exactly how you originally planned. I remember things like this that my mom did for my birthdays. Kids just love knowing that you care enough to make something special for them.

  2. Oh. I can see the links and they work. They are a dark color so they don't stand out too much from the black, but I can see them.

  3. super cute! i cant wait to see all of the festivities. we are going to try to call tonight and wish kenz a (belated) birthday. it has been so crazy around here in the afternoon/evenings.

  4. Thanks guys! Kristie- I hope they remember. I am really looking forward to the finished product!
    Hhmmm, so you CAN see them.... They should be green. I guess I'll adjust the color, to something a bit lighter.

  5. love this idea! so cute! I love your sisters blog by the way:)