Posted by Eileen
When decorating for parties, I love searching the dollar store for ideas, decorations, and inspiration. In planning for our son's Sesame Street birthday party, I came across red pom-poms at the dollar store. Thinking that these would make a perfect Elmo face, I went to another branch of the store looking for more colors and was happy to find the pom-poms in Big Bird and Oscar colors, too.
The pom-poms came in strips, about the width and length of a ruler, so I spent some time unfolding them into the pom-poms you see below. While I unfolding, I realized that making the pom-poms from tissue would be quite easy, being that I already had the unfolding part down. :)
Since I hadn't found any blue pom-poms at store, and I wanted to have Cookie Monsters pom-poms, I attempted to make a few from the blue tissue I had in my craft closet.
It was actually so simple to make! They didn't take much longer than the store-bought ones.
With just three simple items, you can very easily make homemade pom-poms.
First, take your eight pieces of tissue paper and place them in a pile. I intentionally made my pile a little sloppy to give Cookie Monster more of a furry look.
Start at one end and fold the stack of tissue back and forth, like an accordion fan. (My tissue paper was so big that I cut it in half and ended up with two pieces like the one shown below).
You'll end up with a folded tissue stack that looks like this (this is exactly how the store-bought ones came).
You'll then need to secure the middle of the stack. I used fishing line, tying a knot and then leaving a string to the hang the decoration from.
Once the middle is secured, start unfolding one side of the pom-pom. To unfold, you just separate each piece from the next. It's like a boring version of trimming a tree. ;)
Once you've unfolded one side, you can start unfolding the other side.
Here's the finished pom-pom - all it needed was Cookie Monster's face.
For Cookie Monster's face, I used my character-outs (free printables!) and simply glued the eyes and mouth to the tissue.
Here's Elmo, on a store-bought pom-pom, with the character cut-out glued on. The store-bought version had scalloped edges, which would be very easy to do when the tissue is in the accordion shape.
Overall, I loved the way the Sesame pom-poms turned out. And, I had no idea how easy it was to make them from scratch. Our friends and family thought they were so cute, too.
If you would like the Sesame cut-outs, that I used for seven party decorations (pom-poms, party hats, pennant banners, photo booth props, balloons, party buckets, and goody bags), I have made them available as free printables. They will save you tons of time!
Making pom-poms from scratch, you'll save money, time, and you have a wider range of options. You can use more colors (or designs) than the stores offer. You can also get creative with the edges - making scalloped edges or pointy edges.
Even if you aren't planning a Sesame party, you could definitely still get creative with pom-poms. Let me know how yours turn out :)
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