Sunday, 22 April 2012

How To Make Pom-Poms For Your Wedding

One of the most popular elements of my DIY Your Wedding inspiration sessions at The In Wedding Show, was the DIY pom-pom tutorial. Everyone got to make a mini-pom, and most brides left the sessions wearing them in their hair! It was amazing to see all the girls walking around the fair with these bright poms tucked behind their ear, or pinned into their ponytail. Everyone wanted to add pom-poms to their wedding, and I promised to feature this DIY tutorial on the blog - so here it is...with thanks to the ever inspirational Martha Stewart Weddings. Of course, if you're not keen on DIY pom-poms, then you can always buy them from the fabulous Pom Pom Factory!

DIY Wedding Pom-Pom Tutorial
You'll need tissue paper and white 24-gauge florists' wire. Click on the links for my favourite {in bulk} stores. I hang them with fishing wire, so they look like they're floating. Do consider the quality of the tissue paper. If you want smaller amounts, try eBay. It might be worth spending a few extra pennies for a better looking pom-pom. They work out as less than 40p per pom, so you're already getting bang-for-your-wedding-decoration-buck!

Hanging Pom-Poms 
 1. Stack eight 20-by-30-inch sheets of tissue. Make 1 1/2-inchwide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.
 2. Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over center of folded tissue; twist. With scissors, trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.
 3. Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.
 4. Tie a length of monofilament to floral wire for hanging. 

Napkin Rings
 With just a few changes, these follow the same steps as the hanging pom-poms.
 1. Stack four sheets of tissue. Cut a 10-by-5-inch rectangle, going through all layers. Make 3/8-inch-wide accordion folds.
 2. Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, slip over center of tissue, and twist to secure.
Trim ends of tissue.
 3. Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.
 4. Bend wire into a loop to fit around napkin, and twist end around loop to secure.

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