I hope you all enjoyed Courtney's Bunting Banner from yesterday. If you'd like to see it again, here it is. And don't forget to look back at the party that these are from here.
I volunteered to make the pom-poms. Pom-poms are all over Pinterest and are the latest and greatest in decorating. They are much cheaper and child-friendly than helium balloons. I also think they are classier. We just had to include these wonderful additions to the birthday party. I'm sure you've seen some of them, but these ones are my favourite.
I followed Martha Stewart's directions here to make yellow and pink ones to match the Pink Lemonade theme.
You can get 10 sheets of tissue paper for $1 at the Dollar Store. I used 8 sheets per pom-pom, but you can use more if you prefer fuller looking pom-poms.
Fold the 8 sheets of tissue paper accordion style.
Make sure you hold on until they are secured or you will have to start all over again.
Martha suggests using floral wire for this part, but I couldn't find any and didn't want to add to my budget so I used the twist ties that come with garbage bags. I have also heard of people using pipe cleaners. Fold your twist tie in half and put the tissue paper in the middle. Centre the twist tie on the tissue paper and give the tie a little twist to keep it in place.
Cut the ends of the tissue paper in pattern that you want. I rounded my ends, but it also looks great to make them pointy.
This is the most fun of the whole project, fluffing out your pom-pom. Make sure you are already at the location where you are going to hang your pom-poms or they start to look a little limp. I took mine on a subway, a train, and a car. They did not appreciate being in a bag. The ones I fluffed at my sister's house looked a lot better. Just pull out each individual piece of tissue towards the middle. Adjust it a little bit and there you go, a perfectly beautiful pom-pom.
Don't forget to think outside of the box. There are a million different ways to use these pom-poms. Here are some ideas to tide you over for the weekend.
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