Wedding DIY- Poms

The area we’re using for the reception is a beyond beautiful mountain location. There is an open canopy area which we’ll have tables set up under for dinner, but we’ll have to clear them out to use the canopy for dancing. So, I was looking for a good way to make sure that the area still looked like a wedding reception once the table were cleared out. I decided that hanging poms from the rafter would be a good way to add just a touch of decoration that will last through the night. We’ll also be using some larger bulb christmas lights to string across the top.

A poor picture of the area we’re using for the reception, just for clarification.

You can buy pom kits from various Etsy sellers and I’m pretty sure Martha Stewart even has some at Michaels. But I thought it would be a lot cheaper to make my own. I wanted to make a small grey one for each place setting and then a bunch of yellow, grey, and white ones in various sizes for the reception.

An example of poms displayed at a wedding

I roughly followed this tutorial with a couple of variations. First, I cut notches in the middle where the wire or string is tied and it will help the pom open fuller. Second, I cut deeper down the sides where the tissue is all folded to make my poms look more like petals.

Tips: remember that the size of your pom is dependent on the size of the tissue paper you use; Don’t be scared to cut the sides deeper to create more of a “petal” look, or not as deep down the sides for more of a scallop; The bigger the pom you want to make, the more pages of tissue paper you need for fullness. My bigger poms has 25 pages.

1. Start with tissue paper, and fold like an accordion.

2. Keep folding until all is folded.

3. Cut notches in the center

4. Wrap with string or wire. I used floral wire. One roll mad tons!

5. Note: I left lots of wire hanging to use for hanging poms from the rafters. Then trim the folded ends so that they are rounded.

6. Trim the sides farther if you want more of a petal shape.

7. After trimming both ends, begin fluffing! Don’t worry if you tear a little. Once its all full, you won’t notice. : ) Remember to fluff in all 4 directions for a big ball. For the smaller place setting poms, I only fluffed in 2 directions, so that the the bottom remained flat and only the top was a puff.

You’re done! Enjoy making poms. Maybe with a glass of wine and a good friend!

 And for a real, pretty view of our wedding venue, check out this photo of Hell’s A’Roarin Outfitters’ ranch.


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