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.

Tissue-Pom-Poms

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.

wedding-decor

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)

Tissue-Pom-Poms 12

  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).

Tissue-Pom-Poms 11

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?

Tissue-Paper-Pom-Poms

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!

Tissue-Pom-Poms-tutorial

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!)

Tissue-Pom-Poms
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.

Tissue-Pom-Poms
Tissue-Pom-Poms



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!

DIY-Tufted-headboard

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.

DIY-Tufted-headboard

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!

DIY-Tufted-headboard

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.

DIY-Tufted-headboard

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.

diy-headboard-1.png  diy-headboard-2.png

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.

diy-headboard-3.png  diy-headboard-4.png

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).

diy-headboard-6.png  diy-headboard-5.png

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.

diy-headboard-8.png  diy-headboard-7.png

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. 

headboard-photo.jpg

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!

DIY-Tufted-headboard

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?

DIY-Tufted-headboard

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!

DIY-Tufted-headboard-9.png

*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.

Contributors

our sponsors: