How to Make a
We love decorating with Poms! Not only do they make a great splash of color in a room, they are inexpensive and easy to make!
9-13 tissue (20x30") sheets (We chose Aquamarine & Goldenrod).
8" Waxed linen twine
1-2 yards of Seam binding or other ribbon to hang with.
Here's a tip: You can use this same technique for almost any size pom. Just remember the width of your paper will be the width of the pom.
Layer tissue in alternating colors. We layered this pom with 13 layers.
For the center we used 3 aqua layers so we can tell when we get to the middle of the pom.
Layered in this order:
A = Aqua
G = Goldenrod
Start with the shortest width facing you.
Using the tip to joint of your thumb as a guide, start with the first fold, approximately 1 1/2" inches.
Here's a tip: More sheets will look fuller but will get harder to pull apart! We suggest only using more sheets on full size poms.
Flip over sheets and fold another 1 1/2". Continue to flip and fold until you have a accordian pleated stack.
To make sure your folds are extra crisp. Run along the edge of a table to help creases stay crisp.
Tie firmly the center of tissue with wax linen cord.
Next attach seam binding to the cord. This will be the only ribbon visible for hanging with.
Here's a tip: Don't tie your cord too tightly! Too tight will not allow you to open the layers.
On both ends of the stack, we cut a rounded half circle on the edge.
Here's a tip: Because the stack is so thick, and therefore hard to cut, cut a small nick first, open the folds and tuck scissors into the cut layer and finish off the semi-circle through half of the layers.
Then finish cutting with the rest of the layers.
Start on one end of the layers and pull apart, layer by layer.
Once you get to the center, flip and pull layers apart from other end.
Here's a tip: If you want a round sphere you need to pull from the top halfway and then from the bottom halfway. If you only want to make a half sphere, just pull from one direction. A half sphere could go on a bulletin board or table top for a dome shaped centerpiece.
Once you get an approximate ball. Start to fluff and straighten the layers.
Here's a tip: Pull them firmly but not enough to tear. If you put a rip in the layer don't worry. With enough layers, mistakes will not be noticed.