Tissue Paper Pom Poms Tutorial

A few months ago I shared with you the reveal of my youngest daughter’s bedroom.  I had just one more project that I wanted to do in her room before it was completely finished but I just hadn’t had a chance to get around to making them.  This summer, with the help of my three girls, we finally were able to find the time to make some  Tissue Paper Pom Poms.

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The room needed some more color and I was having a hard time initially deciding on how to decorate her room to fit her sweet personality.  She LOVES the color pink, so I knew I would try to find ways to incorporate that into her room.  I had a blank space above her headboard that I felt empty, but I wasn’t sure what to put there.  These tissue pom poms fill the space nicely and add some needed color and whimsy to her room.

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You will not believe how easy these are to make!  These are all over the internet, but I will share with you how I made mine.

Materials needed for one Tissue Pom Pom:

15 Sheets of Tissue Paper ( larger sheets make a larger pom pom)

thin piece of wire of twist tie

scissors

fishing line

command strip hook (or small nail or tack)

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  1. Place all 15 sheets of tissue paper together.
  2. Fold into an accordian with the folds so they are evenly spaced measuring from 1 to 2 inches in width.  This will vary depending on how large your tissue paper is to begin with.
  3. Cut the tips of the folds so that they are rounded at each end.  You can also cut them into a point if you prefer a pointy look pom pom.  Mine were rounded.
  4. Fold the accordian in half and then wrap the wire or twist tie around the middle of the accordian.  The fold will show you were to put the wire.
  5. At the end of the top of the wire be sure to make a loop.  This is where you will attach the fishing line to hang the pom pom from the ceiling.
  6. Spread out one half of the accordian and pull apart one sheet at a time from the bottom (so you don’t tear the sheets…as I learned from experience).
  7. Continue this for each sheet so that you form a ball shape.
  8. Turn over to the other half and repeat for the other half.Fluff out the tissue paper so that it is full all around the pom pom.
  9. Tie the fishing line to the loop.  I used a double knot to secure it firmly.  I didn’t want them to fall on my daughter when she was in her bed…although they would be super soft.  Leave the fishing line long.
  10. Determine where you want the tissue pom poms hanging from the ceiling and then tie the fishing line to your nail so it reaches the right length.
  11. Nail into place (or use your tacks or command strips).

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These are really pretty easy and quick to put together compared to these Tissue Rosette Kissing Balls that I have in my middle daughter’s room now.  I found my tissue paper at a local party supply store and was able to find several colors I liked.  I really love how they finish off the room.  These would be fun in a nursery too wouldn’t they?

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I have seen them used for shower and wedding decor as well.  Such a fun a versatile little craft that you can whip up while catching up on your favorite movie or television show! I don’t always take a lot of time to sit down and watch tv, so sometimes I enjoy crafts that give me an excuse to catch up on a show!

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I am now getting requests from my other girls to add a couple of these Tissue Pom Poms to their rooms!  I might even want some for my room…not sure the husband would go for that though (haha!)

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If you missed the other details of her room and are interested, you can find more details and photos in this past post…Girls Room Reveal.

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Girls Room Storage & Home Goods Giveaway

*This is a sponsored post on behalf of HomeGoods.  However, all opinions are mine…and who doesn’t love Home Goods?

I am really excited for today’s post you guys!  A few weeks ago I was contacted by HomeGoods and asked if I wanted to offer you guys a giveaway…well…duh! Of course I did! Who doesn’t love HomeGoods?  I was challenged to use some of HomeGoods items to decorate a room in my home as part of their  HomeGoods Organize in Style program.

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I chose to go with my oldest daughter’s room since we were right in the process of finishing the final touches in her room.  What preteen girl doesn’t need more storage ideas and space in her room?  I had been playing around with the idea of building a window seat bench under her window to give her an area to read or hang out on with friends or by herself, but wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do.

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So, after her birthday dinner (my husband and I take the birthday child out to a special dinner with just the three of us) we decided to drop by HomeGoods and have a look around.  It was if the heavens parted…the perfect tufted storage bench was just sitting there…begging to go home with us.  It was a perfect fit for her window and the space.  And?  It was the perfect shade of gray!  It was meant to be!

 

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The storage bench is the perfect spot for her to store her clothes that are out of season to free up some of her closet space, which in turn allows her to keep her clutter shut away and hidden in the closet.  I also am in love with the nail head trim along the bottom of the bench.

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I was also able to pick up some fun storage items for the top of her dresser.  She loves to journal and so we picked up this blue wire basket for her to hold her colorful journal collection in along with her favorite childhood stuffed animals.  I love the color and texture it adds to the overall look of her room.

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These items were just the perfect finishing touches…which is always the part of decorating I struggle with the most!  What about you?  Do you need some fun storage and organization solutions for a room or multiple rooms in your house?

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Well…of course you do.  Good thing I get to give FIVE lucky Idea Room Readers a $50 Gift Card to HomeGoods.  Pretty exciting right?!  If you would like to enter for a chance to win one of the gift cards, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter box below.  Please be patient as it may take the widget a few seconds to load fully.  You may need to enter on a laptop or desktop computer.

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Girls Room Reveal

I am almost finished with this girls room.  It has been a long time coming.  I have one more little project to add some more pops of color to her room by her bed but haven’t had a chance to get it all the way finished.  I just got back from a blogging conference and didn’t have time to get it finished but decided to share these pictures with you anyways.

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I am really happy with the way it has come together.  I LOVE doing the bigger projects for a room redesign, but really struggle with adding the final finishing decorations to a room.  So I put it off forever because I am just so wishy washy about what to do.  But I am really liking how it has come together.  I LOVE that the room fits her little personality.

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She loves her some pink…lots of pink.  So we tried to add some different shades of pink in her room, but still keep her room soft and sweet just like she is and I really feel like it reflects who she is.  But the most important thing is that she adores her room.

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We painted her dresser a nice dark gray color and added these fun pink knobs from Hobby Lobby.  I had also found this octagon shaped mirror at Home Goods a few months ago and had planned on using it over the fireplace in our Living Room, but liked it in her room a lot better!  We decided to keep our DIY growth chart in her room because it fit perfectly in that weird little spot right behind her door.

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Then we just took this shelf that she already had in her room and moved it to the other wall and painted  this cute pink frame from Cut It Out.  We added some of my favorites pictures of her including this one when she was  5 months old.  I MISS that baby face!  I seriously get a little bit misty eyed when I think about how quickly the time has gone and how it has been 5 years since we had a baby in our house.

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We made the wooden letter T and shared the tutorial for that if you are interested in reading more about it.  The little tissue paper rosette balls are really easy to make and add some fun color to the shelf.

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Her room has a very long wall that I was struggling with how to decorate, but we moved this framed chalkboard from the kitchen (which we replaced with this fun wooden sign) and decided we really liked it here in her room.

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Her blush pink bedspread is from The Land of Nod which we bought a couple of years ago and the curtains are from Target (also a couple of years ago).  Her green pillow on her bed was made by me using this simple way to make a pillow cover.  The material is from JoAnn’s.  The nightstand is painted the same color as the dresser and was originally from Target many years ago and is a hand me down from her oldest sister.

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I found her little chair at the DI (a local thrift store) for $4 and painted it pink and recovered it with some fun gray and white polka dot material.  The light is from Home Depot and cost a fraction of the cost of what the name brand ones cost.

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And, we made her bed and tufted headboard.  This is probably one of my top ten projects to date.  I love, love, love it.  The best part is that it was a lot easier to build than I thought it was going to be.  It makes me really happy to see it become a reality after having visualized it in my head for months.

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A few years ago we added the picture frame wainscoting and I love how it immediately dresses up the room.

And, finally, because I am sure someone will ask, the paint color on the upper half of the walls is Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray reduced by 50%.  Just have your paint store reduce the colorant 50% for you.  It is one of my favorite gray paint colors and is also the paint color I painted my office/craft room with.

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I hope she loves her room for years to come…or until I get the itch to switch it up!



DIY Wooden Letter

A couple of months ago, I instagrammed a picture of my daughter’s unfinished room and her blank walls looking for some suggestions on how to decorate a really long wall…(the wall just opposite of this one).  I feel like I really struggle with filling in the small details and so I put off the finishing touches.  But, an upcoming mother-in-law visit and a baby shower finally gives me the motivation I need to get. it. done!

Shelf-decor My baby girl’s (who am I kidding…she’s 6) room is almost finished and today I am sharing a little sneak peek.  This girl is CRAZY for pink.  So we added a lot of pink touches in here in a couple of different shades and added a green accent color.  I kind of love it.  And…that is really saying a lot because I used to dislike the color pink.  Having three girls has changed that.

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Today I am sharing how we made this DIY Wooden Letter T for her shelf.  It really is pretty simple.  It helps that her letter is just straight lines.  Why not just buy one?  It’s true, the craft stores are filled with wooden letters…but honestly…there were very few that were large enough that I also like the look of.  I tend to be a bit picky about these things if you haven’t noticed.  So I drew one out the size and shape I wanted that fits my style…simple and classic.

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We used the Rockwell BladeRunner to cut out the lines we had drawn on the piece of wood.  The BladeRunner blends performance characteristics of a jigsaw and bench top scroll saw.

Then I sanded the Letter T and painted it this lovely shade of green.  To get the color of paint to match her pillow, which I made using this pillow cover tutorial, I took the pillow into my local paint store and found a paint chip that matched it very closely and just purchased the small sample size.

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Stay tuned for when I share the entire room with you! I have one more project to finish up in here!

And…I have a fun giveaway coming up here tomorrow that *might* have something to do with this Wooden Letter Tutorial AND my DIY Lighted Letter Tutorial!

Have you entered our Cricut Explore Giveaway? Be sure to before it ends!

 



DIY Tufted Headboard

*Update 10.20.13–DIY Tufted Headboard–Part 2 has been posted.

You guys! I am so excited to finally be sharing the DIY Tufted Headboard and bed we just finished making  for our youngest daughter.  This bed has been in my head for a couple of years now and it is so exciting to finally see something you have been thinking about for so long become a reality…a reality that you actually LOVE!

I was contacted by Dremel and was challenged to take part in their Dremel Weekends Challenge and I knew that I would finally have an excuse and the push I needed to tackle this project!

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This is the third headboard (second whole bed) we have made for our girls and I am always surprised at how easy it actually is.  The beds/headboards we made, I shared with you here: DIY Headboard & Bed and here: Pallet Headboard if you are interested.

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I think that this bed is my favorite!  We have had such a crazy last couple of weeks at our house and I am surprised we were able to get this finished.  But we were planning on surprising our daughter with the bed for her birthday so we spent a late night getting it all finished so it would be ready on time.  I love it when a deadline forces you to get something done!

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The entire process was actually pretty simple.  I was a bit nervous about the tufted headboard and was quite pleased with how easy it actually was.  It just takes a bit of time so keep that in mind if you want to give this a try at your house.

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I will be breaking this down into two separate tutorials since it was pretty involved.  I will be sharing how we created the headboard form today and the tufting later.  WE made the bed frame using Ana White’s tutorial for her Twin Farmhouse Bed, but modified it so that we did not have a foot board.

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Step 1:  We took a 4 x 8 sheet of 3/4 inch MDF board and had Lowes cut it to measure 41 inches wide by 50 inches tall.

Step 2:  We decided we wanted to go with a Belgrave style headboard shape.  I wanted to have a bit of a white frame around the tufted material and we decided that the best way to get a clean look with the curved detail was to cut out the center of the board and use that as our tufted headboard, which would be able to slide right back into place.  This would hide the edge of the tufting and give it a nice clean look.

Step  3:   We took a large bowl and used it as a pattern for the side of the headboard.  The larger the bowl, the less of an arc you will have…which is what I wanted.  The edge/corner of the cut out from the bowl on each side measured 5 inches.

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Step 4:  Then you will need to cut out the middle section.  The middle section (the tufted headboard part) measured approximately 36 inches wide by 25 inches tall.  This gave us a 2.5 inch frame around the top and the sides with 28 inches on the bottom for the base of the headboard (which the bed frame will later attach to).

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Step 5:  We used Dremel’s Saw-Max to cut out the inner section of the headboard frame for the straight cuts.  It was so easy to use and you can start cutting right in the middle of the board.  We also used it to cut the boards for our bed frame.  It is nice to have when you don’t want to pull out your larger table saw.  We found it to be really manageable (especially in a woman’s hand) and it comes with blades to cut through metal and masonry.

For the curved portion, we had to take a small drill bit and drill a few holes along the curve so that we could cut the curves with a jig saw.

 *Ignore the double pencil lines on the right picture above…we had initally thought to have a 2 inch frame and changed it to a 2.5 inch frame at the last minute to give the headboard more stability…which is a choice I am glad we made.

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Step 6:  After the middle section has been cut out…find some cheap labor to clean up your work site. :)…Sand both pieces of wood well and then paint the outer frame. 

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I will share how we made the tufted headboard in a later tutorial next week!  I will include a link to it here when I have it ready!

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In the meantime…I need to figure out what to hang above her bed now.  I am terrible at the final staging of a room!  Any suggestions?  You guys are always so helpful with these sort of things!  I make the big items and you help me decorate mmm kay?

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Using some existing supplies we had on hand we were able to make this bed for just over $110 which is a pretty good price for a bed…especially a tufted bed…and the best part?  You can make it so that it fits your style and tastes EXACTLY!!  I like that!

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*I was provided a Dremel Saw-Max and a gift card to complete this project from Dremel.  However all opinions and statements are mine and mine alone.

*Update 10.20.13–DIY Tufted Headboard–Part 2 has been posted.

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