When it comes to decorations for parties and holidays, I'm a bit of a minimalist. I hate spending my hard-earned money on fleeting decor that will get thrown away along with the torn and shredded gift wrapping.
Instead, I prefer to "shop the house" to repurpose various items for the event and/or I make my own budget-friendly decorations -- like these adorable tissue paper pom-poms! They're super versatile:
- hang them from the ceiling with a bit of string
- use them as a centerpiece on a table
- tiny versions would be adorable fashioned into napkin rings
- scatter various sizes across the floor in an open room
I'm sure I could go on, but I think you get the idea... And of course, they're super inexpensive to make, and each one only takes a few minutes to throw together. Let me walk you through the steps.
How To Make Tissue Paper Pom-Poms
I started with a package of American Greetings tissue paper that I picked up at Walmart in the gift wrap section. The small 6-piece package is only $0.97. There's also a larger 15-sheet package priced at $1.97, but the downside is that it comes in fewer color choices.
I used 6 sheets for the pom-poms shown here, so purchase what you need based on how many you intend to make.
Take your 6 sheets of tissue paper and stack them up. Make 1 1/2-inchwide accordion folds, creasing with each fold. If your last fold is a little short, just trim off the excess with scissors.
Fold the accordion-folded strip in half to determine the middle, and staple the middle together as shown in the photo above.
Trim the ends of the folded tissue paper into either a round or a pointy shape. I went with round on the tissue paper pom-poms for this post, but the pointed shape is also quite beautiful.
Finally, fan out the accordion fold, and gently and carefully separate each layer of tissue paper, pulling away from center one layer at a time. Fluff each layer, and you're ready to go!
I thought these shades of pink would be especially appropriate for an upcoming Valentine's Day party. Aren't they just so pretty? I found the heart-shaped glitter confetti, heart straws and treat boxes with the Valentine's decor at Walmart, as well.
And hopefully you snagged the recipe for this amazing saltine cracker toffee yesterday... If not, you need to grab it ASAP!