Saturday, September 29, 2012

How to Make Newspaper Poms

I've coveted them.

Those beautiful tissue paper balls appear everywhere on the party blogosphere. I figured they were out of my league in craftiness. Especially since I'm not crafty.

Boy, was I wrong!

They are so easy.

At least, I think they are. I've not actually made them with tissue paper. I used newspaper instead, and they were decor in three birthday parties. Plus, instead of tossing them after the parties, I discovered they make great packing paper. I used them to cushion a punch bowl!

1st birthday Cupcake Vintage

How to make newspaper poms:
  • Take 3 newspaper spreads and cut them into quarters.  
  • Stack the 12 squares on top of each other.
  • Fold them accordian-style.  
  • Tie a ribbon or string in the center to hold them together.
  • Cut each end at a diagonal.
  • Fan them out.
Are you more of a visual learner?

Check out this tissue paper tutorial  from  It's in French but the images explain it in any language.


  1. I, too, have admired these party puffs from afar, thinking I could never duplicate them. But now, I'm going to give them a try. Thanks, Brandi, for the instructions and encouragement!
    Btw, at one of Kristin's baby showers, some crafty hostess made them for decorations and then gave them to Kristin to take home. For months, they hung above Brooks's bed and were one of the first things he focused his eyes on.

  2. You're very welcome. I look forward to seeing what you create. Poms above his crib? How adorable! What a clever way to upcycle!