The latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings has a feature on making tissue/crepe paper flowers. One of the things they show is how to make giant pom-poms with the paper (they also showed them, but didn’t mention them, this week on the daytime Martha show when they did a segment about making paper bouquets and favors).
All that’s needed to do this project is craft/tissue/crepe paper (the magazine said to use 20″x30″ paper, but mine was 20″x20″ and it worked perfectly), some white cloth-covered floral wire (magazine said to use 24 ga, mine was 32 ga, either or in between is fine), some clear string to hang the pom-poms with, and good sharp paper scissors.
Do the other side the same way. Then keep unfolding. Remember that you want this to make a circle, so if you used eight sheets, around the fourth sheet remember that you will want it just a little above the equator of the circle and the fifth sheet will be a little bit below, and so on:
Just take some clear string and wrap around the floral wire at the top of the pom-pom. I twisted the floral wire around the clear string just to make sure it had a good strong hold.
I made a three more of these pom-poms – another the same size, and two more that were smaller – just cut the paper that you start with into a smaller-size square. I also used more than eight sheets of paper on the smaller ones so they are super-full and pretty. These will be great for our next get-together. I’ll just say, “look for the pom-poms!”
Do you see the gourd birdhouse next to the pom-pom above? A mommy birdie is making a nest inside it right now. Every year, we are lucky enough to get birds to make their homes on our porch and in our crepe myrtle. I *love* seeing them bring things to make their nest with, and then later to see them feeding their babies. Sooooo sweet.