DIY Tissue Pom-Pom

 
(photo PomLove)
 
I’ve taken a lot of photos on DIY projects I’ve done, but am now just getting around to posting tutorials…. starting with this one! It’s as simple as 1,2,3!  (complete with TIPS too!) 
 

Materials needed: 

  • Tissue paper (color of choice)
  • Scissors
  • String
  • 16 guage wire (optional, if you want your pompom on a stem)
  • dowel (optional, if you want your pompom on a stem)
  • green floral tape  (optional, if you want your pom-pom on a stem)

 

Instructions: 

STEP 1:  Stack about 5-8 tissue sheets together and cut the large sheet into 10″ (w) X 20″ (h)  rectangle (or cut the width to the size you want your pom-pom diameter to be).  

(TIP:  The width will end up being the diameter size of your pom-pom; the height will determine the “fluff” of your pom-pom (ie. the shorter the height the less fluff). The number of sheets will also determine the amount of “fluff”) 

(TIP:  Here are three different sizes of rectangles you can cut, for a small, medium, and large pompom:  5″ X 10″ small;  10″ X 20″ medium; 16″ X 28″ large) 

STEP 1.

STEP 2:  Make 1″ – 1 1/2″ accordian folds (width-wise), like you’re making a paper fan. Then pinch the center of your closed-fan and tie the center with string (or wrap your wire around the center), so that it stays pinched.  Cut the ends of the closed-fan to a point or a rounded end (however you prefer your pom-pom finished edge to be)
(TIP:  The smaller the pom-pom, the smaller the accordian folds should be, and vise versa.)

 

STEP 2.

STEP 3:  If you want your pom-pom to have a stem to it, take another piece of wire (about 5 inches long) and loop it around the center of your closed-fan while placing one end of the dowel against the center of the fan. Twist the wire around the “stem” while using your floral tape around the wire AND “stem”. 
 
(TIP: make sure the pom-pom is sturdy in the wire and on the stem; if swing it around like a wand, your accordian shoudn’t be “floppying” around.)

 

STEP 3.

  
STEP 4:  Open your fan on both sides of the center and fluff!   To fluff your pom-pom, pull apart each tissue sheet, gently.

STEP 4.

If you don’t want your pom-poms on a “stem” then after you’ve pinched and tied the center of your fan (STEP 2) , tie another string around the center again and leave extra string  to hang your pom-pom.  Open your fan (STEP 3) and FLUFFF!  (STEP 4) 

STEP 2.

STEP 3.

STEP 4.

(TIP:  If you plan to make a BUNCH of these, it may be more cost effective to order a bulk them online here or here (pre-stacked and cut for you)  and just fold, tie, anf fluff yourself; some come folded, cut, and tied.) 

 

DIY – Flowers Part II: Bouquets

Here is Part II of Cindy Babuscio’s DIY Flower class on bouquets.  There is a surprisingly good amount of you DIY brides out there who plan on doing your own wedding flowers (at least the bouquets).  Here are some tips!
 
I highly recommend if you are doing your own wedding flowers, play around with different types of flowers; some last longer out of water than others, some are more fragile, some are easier/harder to work with. 
 
Some more reasons to play around with flowers well in advance of your wedding:
  1. Your favorite flower may not be in season and you will need to find an alternate or order it.
  2. You can determine how large you want your bouquet
  3. This will allow you to better estimate how much flowers you will need (in case some are fragile and break easily, or wilt easily, you will need extra!)
  4. You can test different color paletes
  5. You can estimate how long it will take to do your bouquet, and the others
  6. You can test how long the flowers will last and in what type of weather condition, etc.  (to prepare when to make it before the big day if you don’t have a fridge that can hold all your flowers)
There are lots to consider, but if you are a DIY bride all the way, you will reap satisfaction in producing your own!  Have fun! 
 
Here is a mixed bouquet of various types of flowers.  Making a mixed bouquet is a good way to sample all the different flowers and how they handle differently.  Thanks Cindy for providing the materials!  (Rose, Gerbera, Stock, Coffee Berry, Fern, Button mums)
 

DIY Pillars

Wedding on Roof

Looking through tons of bridal mags for reception ideas, ceremony ideas, details, flowers.. it all meshes together after a while.  As I was going through the Ceremony publication for San Diego for ideas on my own wedding, I ran across a ceremony picture (above) that just stuck with me.  Black straight-lined pillars with vase on top – great for a modern feel!  To rent this would be a couple hundred $$.  So, I decided this was something simple enough to DIY and save $$!  Some calculation is needed before you go to Home Depot or Lowes.  You will need to determine:

  • dimensions of your desired pillars (based on what kind of floral arrangement on top)
  • number of pillars you want

When you get to the hardware store, you will need to determine:

  • type of wood; cost varies (will you paint on it, spray, fabric overlay?)
  • how many pillars can be made from 1 wood panel;
  •  then have the store cut the wood panel to dimensions of pillar panels.

Remember that when you nail each pillar panel together, you are creating a “T”, so 2 panels should be one width (outside panels) while the other 2 pillar panels should be slightly smaller width (inside panels), so as to be accurate to your desired overall pillar dimensions (if exact dimensions are critical to you).   There is a science to this simple looking project!  =)

Here are some photos I took as Jayson and I built our pillars:

Materials: pre-cut panels, pre-cut 2x2s, wood glue, finishing nails, hammer, and a dog to supervise the project!

Materials: pre-cut panels, pre-cut 2x2s, wood glue, finishing nails, hammer, and a dog to supervise the project!

panels and 2x2s nailed together (missing 4th side and top)

panels and 2x2s nailed together (missing 4th side and top)

4 pillars.. ready for a paint job!

4 pillars.. ready for a paint job!