Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pattern Paper Poms

I know that many of you have seen these poms that Martha made famous. 
I have made so many and I just love to use them to decorate for birthdays and other fun events! 
I have blue poms, white, and pink poms that you may remember from Lily's party last year.
But, why not use old patterns?
It is a great way to recycle what you already have and the tissue paper is perfect!


They are so fun!
Here is how to make them {just in case you haven't tried this before}.

You need:

old pattern
2 ft. small ribbon or string

I cut 8 pieces of pattern paper 12"x 20" for a 12 inch round pom.
You need at least 8 sheets to make a full pom.


Next, fold accordion style along the 12 inch side of your paper.
Pretend you are making a fan:).



Round out the edges.


Then find the middle by folding in half.



Tie your string securely around the middle and then start fluffing the layers out toward the center. Try and get each sheet of tissue separated...if you rip or tear, don't worry, it only adds to the "look."



Ta Daaa....your pattern paper pom {say that 10 times really fast}  is finished!


The best part is that you can re-use them!
I store mine in a Rubbermaid tote and have quite a selection to use for decoration.
Simply find the middle of the pom and press down.


Flatten it out.


It is that easy!
When you are ready to use them again, just fluff them out like before.
They look just like new!

Have a great day!

~Julia

7 comments:

Michella Marie said...

Hi Julia!!
I LOVE THEM!!! And great tutorial!
My current post is a tutorial on how to make
paper peonies from coffee filters :))
I love making them just as much as the poms!!
LOVE FROM TEXAS!!!
~~Michella~~
www.michellamarie.com

Cailan said...

What a fabulous idea! I love that soft brown color - so pretty. I'll be looking for old patterns at yard sales. :)

Robin {keephomesimple} said...

Julia,
I love those pom poms! I never would have thought of using patterns to make them! They look so modern yet vintage! love 'em!

btw, yes, I will try to do a post on my twice a month grocery shopping soon. That would be fun.

Good luck with all that's keeping your family busy this summer!
~Robin

Cortney said...

What a great idea to use pattern paper for these! I just found your blog from Pinterest and love it! I'm your newest follower!

Carissa said...

Hi Julia,

Came by today to find this post on the pom poms. i'm having a gathering of friends tomorrow and wanted to hang some from the trees.

Thanks so much for the how to!

Love Carissa

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Great idea, I was thinking of doing this myself :).

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