DIY Tissue Paper Pom-Poms in Just 4 Steps

Learn how to make these simple tissue paper pom-poms that are perfect as DIY decorations for baby showers, birthday parties, and weddings.

Project Overview
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

One of the best parts of throwing a party is decorating. With the right accessories, it's easy to get a celebration into full swing. Fluffy, colorful tissue paper pom-poms are a party decor staple. Surprise and delight guests with enormous technicolor poufs or tiny peppy poms. The DIY decorations are the perfect addition for a baby shower, birthday party, or New Year's celebration.

Make your own tissue paper pom-poms with these simple steps. Plus, if you need a bunch in a pinch, it’s more affordable (and super easy) to create several using a basic pack of tissue paper. With this versatile hack, you can switch up the color combinations to suit any holiday or special occasion. For big party displays, string them on a garland or dangle a cluster from the ceiling. Or use small ones as gift toppers or gather them in decorative containers to showcase as a centerpiece.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • 1 Scissors
  • 1 Wire cutters


  • 1 Tissue paper
  • 1 Wire
  • 1 String


  1. Stack and Fold Tissue Paper

    tissue paper pom poms folding edge

    To make a single pom-pom, you'll need about 8-12 sheets of tissue paper. You can use tissue paper in one color, or mix and match for a unique multicolor look. Stack the sheets, then accordion-fold the full stack into about 2-inch pleats. Be careful not to rip the tissue paper. Press down to crease the folds.

    Related: How to Make Confetti Poppers

  2. Trim Edges of Tissue Paper

    tissue paper pom poms cutting scalloped edge

    Get creative for this step. For a scalloped edge, you can use scissors to round both ends of the tissue paper stack. If you'd like more of a spiky look, cut triangle points at the end of the tissue paper.

    Editor's Tip: If you prefer a small pom-pom, trim the ends of the tissue paper until they mimic the size you desire.

  3. Attach Wire to Center

    tissue paper pom poms wrapping wire

    Take a long piece of wire and create a loop around the middle of the tissue paper stack. Twist the ends of the wires to secure the pieces of paper. Use a thin crafts wire for this step; thick wire may be too heavy and tear the paper. With the excess wire, fashion a hanging loop.

  4. Open the Pom-Pom

    Lastly, fan out the paper to create a full and fluffy tissue paper pom-pom. Start by very gently pulling on each sheet to form the thick sphere shape. Ruffle and reposition the sheets carefully until you get an arrangement you like. To hang the pom-pom, attach a string or ribbon to the wire loop. To create a garland, string multiple pom-poms onto a long piece of string or wire for the perfect party decor.

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