Thursday, August 29, 2013

{Do It Yourself} Tulle and Doily Pom-poms

I am a lover of simple, easy, DIY projects that make a huge impact on a party. Pom-poms have become one of the most popular ways to decorate birthday parties, baby showers and weddings these days and for good reason. They can be big or small, one color or lots of colors, they are cheap to make and also pretty quick as well.

While tissue paper pom-poms are the most popular, today I wanted to show you how to make my two favorite lesser known versions: Doliy and Tulle pom-poms. Both are super girly and oh so, so pretty!

Tulle Pom-poms
Makes: 3
How long it will take: 1 hour
What you will need: 
- 36 yards of six-inch wide tulle
- ribbon (cut to length needed to hang the pom-poms)
- scissors
- 8” wide book (for wrapping)

Step 1: Cut three eight-inch strips of tulle and set aside for now. 

Step 2: Create a tulle jellyroll by wrapping tulle around the book 20-25 times. 

Step 3: Carefully slide the jellyroll off of the book, holding it so that it keeps its shape.

Step 4: Using the eight-inch strips of tulle made in Step 1, tie the jellyroll together in the middle (it should resemble a bow). Then take the ribbon and tie one end  on top of the tulle strip as tight as you can. The other end will be used to hang the pom-pom.

Step 5: A) Use scissors to cut apart the edges of the tulle so that they are now separate layers. B) Hold one side flat on a hard surface and trim the edges of the tulle so that it’s even. Repeat for the other side. 

Step 6: Pull the layers apart and fluff to create a full pom-pom. If needed, trim the edges some more until desired look is reached.

Tip: Based on the size of the tulle pom-pom you prefer, use a smaller or bigger book.

Doily Pom-pom
How long it will take: 1 hour
What you will need: 
- 36 eight-inch doilies
- ribbon
- scissors
- six brad fasteners

Step 1: Cut ribbon the length you will need to suspend them.

Step 2: Stack doilies into six groups of six.

Step 3: Hold one of the group of doilies in your hand and use tip of scissors to carefully puncture a small hole into the center of the stack. Insert a brad fastener into the hole and clamp down the ends. Repeat for additional groups.

Step 4: Gently cup the first doily into your hand and pull up so that it forms a flower. Repeat with next two layers. Turn the stack over and do the same with the other three doilies so that the doilies form two sides.

Step 5: Repeat Step 4 with remaining groups.

Step 6: Hold two of the groups together side-by-side.Tie together in the center so that the ribbon adheres the two groups as one. In other words, you are tying them together side-by-side.

Step 7: Fluff the pom-pom up until desired look is reached.

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  1. Thank you! I am going to make black and orange tulle ones for a Halloween party in a few weeks. I'll have to make the other ones too. :)

    1. You are very welcome! I'm glad you mentioned that the tulle pom-poms can be made using multiple colors.