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How to make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Step-by-step tutorial on how to make tissue paper pom poms. Lovely and inexpensive party decorations!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5 tissue paper pom poms


  • 1 10 sheet package 20-inch by 20-inch tissue paper
  • 1 package white floral wire


  1. 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.

  2. Fold the tissue accordion style.

  3. Once folded, cut the strip into two pieces. One should be 6 inches. And the other should be 14 inches.

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

  5. 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 folds style, only smaller than the original fold (see photo after the photo below).

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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).

  9. Twist the wire tight.

  10. Then, grab your scissors and round out the corners of the tissue paper.

  11. Fan out the tissue paper on each side. 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.

  12. Next, bring the top layer of the other side up and to the middle.

  13. Now, 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.

Recipe Notes

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.

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.