How to Make Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

After I posted our gender reveal party, many of you wanted a tutorial on how I made the tissue paper pom-poms.  Well, today’s your lucky day– it’s tissue paper pom-pom making time, people.

Not only will I show you how to make tissue paper pom-poms, I’m going to show you how to get 5 tissue paper pom-poms (1 large, 2 medium, 2 small) out of one $.99 package of tissue paper.

These are really easy to make once you get the hang of it.  It’s also a good mindless TV watching crafting activity.  But you have to “watch” something you don’t really have to pay attention to since you’ll need to watch what you’re doing with making the poms.  I “watched” old Grey’s Anatomy episodes on Lifetime while I made the majority of mine for the gender reveal party.

How to make tissue paper pom-poms!  GREAT tutorial!


•  tissue paper (I use 10 sheet, 20 inch by 20 inch)… Hobby Lobby
NOTE: Since publishing this tutorial, Hobby Lobby has changed the tissue paper to 8 sheets and $1.29 per package.  NOT COOL, in my opinion.
•  floral wire… Hobby Lobby
•  scissors
•  ruler

supplies needed for tissue paper poms

Flatten out the tissue paper.  Divide the 10 tissue papers into half– so 5 and 5 in each stack.  Set one stack to the side.

pom pom tutorial

Fold the tissue accordion style.

tissue paper pom tutorial

Once folded, cut the strip into two pieces.  One should be 6 inches.

tissue pom tutorial

And the other should be 14 inches.

how to make poms

Take the 6 inch piece.  Fold it in half hamburger style (if you don’t know what I mean, Google it).

tissue paper poms-poms

Cut it along the fold, so you will have two sections with 5 sheets of paper in each section.  Since these will be the smallest pom-poms, I refold them, accordion style, only smaller than the original fold (see photo after the photo below).

making pom poms

Grab the other remaining section that you put to the side in the beginning.  Fold it accordion style.  Cut it in half so you have two 10 inch pieces.

In the end, you should have the following from one package of 20 inch by 20 inch, 10 sheet tissue paper.

1- 14 inch
2- 10 inch
2- 6 inch

tutorial on how to make tissue paper poms

The next steps are to be repeated for each section of tissue paper.

Grab your floral wire, center it in the middle of the tissue paper (use the ruler if you aren’t good at eye balling– no shame).

FYI, you don’t have to use floral wire.  I actually used 22 gauge jewelry wire for the pom-poms I made for our gender reveal party because I was out of floral wire and didn’t feel like running to the craft store for more.  Just make sure your wire isn’t too flimsy.

making tissue paper pom-poms

Twist the wire tight.

tissue paper pom-poms how to

Grab your scissors and round out the corners of the tissue paper.

how to make a tissue paper pom pom

The end result should look like this when fanned out.

tissue paper pom-pom directions

Start GENTLY, I repeat, GENTLY pulling the top layer of tissue paper up and toward the center.   Remember, this is thin tissue paper, not metal.  It will rip if you’re too forceful with it.  It helps to start pulling at the bottom of the tissue paper layer, not the tip.

pom-pom instructions

Bring the top layer of the other side up and to the middle.

tissue paper pom pom instructions

Repeat until all 5 layers are fluffed.  Bend the wire so the tissue paper pom-pom lays flat.  Cut if necessary.  Or if you plan to attach the poms to something, leave the wire the way it is.  You can just wrap the wire around whatever you’re attaching the pom to.

tissue pom pom instructions

Note:  If you happen to tear a piece of your pom-pom while making it, don’t freak out.  It’s not the end of the world.  A lot of the time it will just blend in.  I usually grab my scissors and cut it a little so it doesn’t look so jagged.

tissue paper pom pom how to

If you don’t care about having varying sizes of poms, just make 4 medium sized poms.  If you want fuller poms, use more than 5 layers of tissue paper.

Remember, practice makes perfect so don’t get discouraged if your first couple pom-poms don’t turn out correctly.

You can use the tissue paper pom-poms to decorate however you want.  I used them on our dessert buffet and as a centerpiece for our dining room table.  You can check out more photos of our gender reveal party here.

gender reveal party


  1. Ashley says

    Hey! Love these and currently making them. But what is hamburger style? I’m stuck there . My husband says he thinks you refold the 6″ piece then cut it. I took from the directions that you fold it in half like a taco , cut , then refold. If you fold the 6″piece in half then cut you have 2 3″ pieces. Please help! Thanks so much .

  2. Jackie says

    Will they be flat on one side or fluffy on both? I’m hanging mine from the ceiling and stuff and want an all around fluff!! HELP

  3. says

    I am making pom poms for a baby shower. my small and medium pom poms are coming out perfect, but when I try to make a large one it does not come out right. There is a gap on the sides and it looks like layers instead of being fluffy like I see yours and many others I have seen on tutorials. I am using 20×20 sheets. Please I need help. I don’t know what I am doing wrong when I try to make larger pom poms.

    • says

      Hmmm, maybe use more than 5 sheets since you’re using larger tissue paper. The more stacked sheets you use, the fuller the pom poms will turn out. Try 8-10 sheets of tissue paper for the larger pom poms. Hope this helps!

  4. kathy carwell says

    Seems to be a silly question…but since these are rectangular sheets of tissue paper and not square, what size tissue paper do I use for 14″ pom poms?

  5. Alexa says

    I love the colors you used, but I can’t find them :( which store should I go? I;m specially looking for the mimosa yellow. Thanks for your help.

  6. osnat says

    Help please,
    I just love them but having trouble to bring them to a ball . The ends are not getting together and there’s a gap like it want close and come to a ball shape. I’m using 20x20or20x26 paper, what I’m doing wrong?

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