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DIY Martha Stewart Tissue Poms

12.12.2009

When I was planning our wedding, I was totally gung-ho on the DIY train. I knew that there would be some things I couldn’t do myself, but I also knew there was a whole world of things DIY. The Martha Stewart Tissue Paper Poms was one of them. It was one of those projects that I had been staring at for months and wanted to tackle. Some way, somehow. I didn’t even know how I was going to use them. I just thought they were cool. And I kind of wanted to see how easy (or not easy) they were to make.

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Now having finished off 150+ of these puppies, I can say that they are not difficult to make. It’s best however to practice a couple of times to get the hang of it. I also recommend having a nice sharp pair of scissors (an pinking shears if you want edge variety) and wire cutters (it’ll prevent you from dulling your scissors).

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Note: I only have experience making the mini poms, so this tutorial only covers how to make the mini “napkin ring” style poms.

1. Cut a 10×5 rectangle from four sheets of tissue paper. From standard size tissue paper (I bought packs from Target), you can get 4 sets.

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2. With the four sheets of rectangles stacked, accordion fold the paper. The sheets will most likely slip, but it’s okay, because you can trim the edges, you’ll see.

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3. With the paper accordion folded, take a piece of floral gauge wire, slip over center of tissue, and twist to secure. Trim ends of tissue. You can do a round shape, pointy shape, or use pinking shears for a fun zigzag shape.

4. Now the part where the magic happens. Or at least it feels that way. Starting on one side of pom, pull apart the accordion into a fan shape. Then carefully pull apart the layers towards the center. Repeat on the other side.

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Here’s me smiling before I made too many. And just after a new haircut, I wish my hair looked like this everyday!

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So, like I mentioned at the beginning, I didn’t have any idea what I was going to do with these poms. I kind of just decided to make them and then decided it would be a “good” idea to make one per guest. I ended up making more than 160. The day before the ceremony, I gave three paper bags full of poms to our wedding coordinator. I told her, “I’m not sure what to do with these, but I want them to tie into the decor, somehow.”

And this is what we walked into:

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(Photo by Travis Hoehne)

And then, unexpectedly, all the ladies wore the poms in their hair. It was so fun!

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(Photo by Travis Hoehne)

These poms are not as intimidating as they might seem. They just take a lot of time if you need to make more than 10. I made them in about 3 weeks time. I suggest to fold and wire tie them first, then you can fluff them at your leisure in front of the TV. That’s what I did!

Happy Saturday!

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