Tissue Paper Pom Pom Centerpieces

I’ve thrown two parties in my life. My wedding and Marlo’s first birthday. I think spending a ton of money on decorations is stupid. My theory is that people would much rather have better food or free booze than a wilting flower in the middle of the table. Feel free to disagree with me.

For my wedding, I crafted dozens of giant paper magnolias from Paper Source. I calculated it cost about $8.00 a table, most of the cost deriving from the giant glass globe they were arranged in. But it took weeks of work and many hands. I had neither the time or help to prepare decorations of that caliber for Marlo’s party.

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To be honest, I hadn’t thought about decorations for her party until the day before. I remembered seeing an idea for tissue paper pom poms in Martha Stewart Living a few years back. She suspended hers from the ceiling. I was way to lazy to even think about how I’d get that done, so I improvised and just made these half-globes and set them on the table. I think they looked pretty good and took very little time and money. Try them next time you need a quick and easy centerpiece.

1. You’ll need about 8-10 sheets of tissue paper stacked neatly. Feel free to mix up colors and get creative. You can cut the paper into smaller sizes for smaller pom poms, too.

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2. Arrange the stack of paper so the length runs up and down. Make 1 1/2 inch accordion folds all the way through the pile, creasing firmly with each fold.

3. Secure a 6 inch piece of floral wire in the center of the folded tissue paper.

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4. Using sharp scissors, trim the ends of the tissue paper into either a pointed or rounded edge.

5. Lay the folded tissue paper flat on your work surface, and proceed to gently separate and lift each sheet of tissue paper from the center.

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6. Fluff as needed.

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You’ll have a lot of tissue trimmings. I snipped them into small pieces and used them as table confetti.

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