How to Make Tissue Paper Pom-Poms in Different Sizes


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Recently, I’ve spent my spare time making tissue paper pom-poms for a special little girl’s first birthday party. There are pink pom-poms and white pom-poms. There are small pom-poms and large pom-poms. There are pom-poms everywhere!

With the tissue paper flying, I decided it was the perfect time to share how to make them and the details in making pom-poms of different sizes.

How to Make the Perfect Tissue Paper Pom-Poms from The complete how to, including a size chart to create a variety of pom-poms.

You can find tissue paper everywhere from The Dollar Tree to Michael’s. I found a set of 40 sheet of white at The Dollar Tree, which was a great deal. At Michael’s, I found packages of 12 sheets of pink for $2.49. Both sets of the tissue paper measured 20″ x 20″.

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

The first step is to decide the size pom-pom you want to make. This will determine what size your strips of tissue paper will be and how many pieces to use.

Personally, I do not like to use the entire 20″x 20″ sheets. I like my tissue paper pom-poms to be full and tight. The larger pom-poms are a little harder to get that look. I prefer to make 4 different sizes.

Tissue Paper Pom-Pom Size Chart


How to Make the Perfect Tissue Paper Pom-Poms from The complete how to, including a size chart to create a variety of pom-poms.

Once you figure the width of your tissue paper, you will cut it to size and create your stacks of paper. This shows a small pom-pom that was made with 5 – 8″ wide strips of tissue paper.

tissue paper pom-poms

You then create accordion folds, the length of the tissue paper. You will need to crease each fold. They should be about 1 1/2″ wide.

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

Once the tissue paper is folded, cut a small slit in the center, on each side. Be sure not to cut completely through the center.

tissue paper pom-poms

Wrap thin floral wire around the center of the paper. This will secure the pom-pom and give you something to attach your fishing line, ribbon or string to when they’re ready to hang.

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

To create soft edges to the pom-poms, I cut the ends into a curve shape.

tissue paper pom-poms

tissue paper pom-poms

To create the full pouf of the pom-pom, slowly pull apart the layers of tissue paper. It’s very delicate, so be easy as you work.

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

I work on one side of the pom-pom at a time. After the tissue is separated, you can fluff and shape the pom-pom as you like.

tissue paper pom-poms

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

Look how pretty they look!!! I love to use different colors and different sizes when making pom-poms. They are wonderful to use at a party or any special occasion.

Pom-Pom with Burlap

Last week, I shared a fun way to hang them. Check out the Tissue Paper Pom-Poms with Burlap Cord Covers.

Tissue Paper Pom-Poms with Burlap Cord Cover

Add fun to your party or holiday decorations with these easy pom-poms! Have a ball!

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  1. Anonymous says

    Thanks so much! I have been looking all over on how to make these and in different sizes. This is by far the best instructions I have found and easier than the one I tried to copy. I have a wedding and a birthday party these would be excellent for.

  2. says

    I love how easy and simple the instructions are, my daughter’s birthday is coming and
    i’m definitely making these pom-poms!

    • says

      Thanks Alona! They are so fun and easy to make. I had to make a lot of them for a friend’s bday party for her daughter. I’d sit and make them while watching tv.
      I’m sure your daughter will love them.
      Have a great day!

  3. Andrea says

    Hi Leslie, these are beautiful! I’m going to make these today. 🙂 Your instructions are great, but I do have one question: When you say you started with 5 sheets of 8″ tissue paper, were you making the 8″ wide flower, or the 5″ wide flower?

    • says

      Thank you Andrea! The 5 sheets of 8″ tissue paper will make a flower about 8″ wide. Just remember…the wider the sheets of paper, the wider the flower will be and the wider the tissue paper, the more sheets you’ll need. Does that make sense? Hope that helps!

  4. Gayle Sandifar says

    Your tutorial is so great and I intend to make these for an upcoming baby shower. I do have a question though. For each pom, do you use the full 20″ length or do you shorten that as well. Thank you!

    • says

      I tend to shorten them but you can use the full 20″ pieces. But you’ll need more sheets. The larger the piece, the more sheets per pom-pom. Does that make sense? The main thing is you want them full and “tight”. If there are not enough sheets, the paper will flop and fall.
      Hope that helps.

  5. Emily says

    Hi. I have a question: what is the lenght of the tissue paper that you use for the 5″ and 15″ wide pompoms?

    • Tina says

      I love these but i am a little confused. I want to make the small ones but idk what the width is. Can you please give the exact width n length you did for your small ones please?

  6. says

    I just made these to use as decorations for a baby shower and I think they are going to be a big hit! Thanks for sharing 🙂


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