How to Make Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

These DIY pom-poms are simple, inexpensive decorations perfect for baby showers, birthday parties, and weddings.

Create pretty paper flowers for your next birthday party, baby shower, or entertaining event with a few simple crafts store supplies.

Fluffy, colorful tissue paper balls are a party decor staple. But if you need a bunch of pom-poms in a pinch, there’s no need to pay big bucks for them. It’s more affordable (and super easy!) to make your own with a pack of basic tissue paper. Plus, you can switch up the color combinations of these party pom-poms to suit any special occasion or holiday. String them on a garland, dangle a cluster from the ceiling, use small ones as gift toppers, or simply set them on tables as delicate flower-like centerpieces.

  • Start to Finish 15 Minutes
  • Difficulty         Projects Easy

What you need


  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters


  • Tissue paper
  • Wire
  • String

How to do it

Step 1 Stack and Fold

You'll need about 8-12 sheets of tissue paper to make one pom-pom. You can use one color of tissue paper or mix and match for a unique multicolored look. Stack the sheets, then accordion-fold the pile to make about 2-inch pleats. Press down to crease the folds.

Step 2 Round Edges

Round both ends of the tissue paper stack using scissors to make a scalloped edge. For spiky spheres, cut triangle points instead.

Step 3 Attach Wire to Center

Loop a long piece of wire around the middle of the tissue paper stack and twist to secure. Use a thin craft wire for this; thick wire may be too heavy and tear the paper. Fashion a hanging loop using the excess end of the wire.

Step 4 Open the Pom-Pom

Fan out the tissue paper by very gently pulling on each sheet to form a pom-pom. Ruffle and reposition the sheets carefully until you get an arrangement you like. Attach a string or ribbon to the wire loop, if desired, to hang the DIY tissue paper pom-poms.

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1 Comment

  1. So pretty and easy to make!’

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