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This Christmas the Betta Living blog team is making Chrysanthemum-like pom poms in all sizes and colourways. White, gold and silver bring a very chic and festive look to any room.

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We love these pom poms because they are really easy to make, plus tissue paper is so cheap and comes in so many colours. You can get tissue paper at the usual high street stationery stores, but we like eBay for a great range of colours and patterns. Tissue paper pom poms work out as little as 50p each.   

In the home, the big poms make lots of impact, especially when grouped. You can also make poms small enough to be a finishing touch for gift wrapping.   

Count out a pile of 10 sheets of tissue paper and lay them flat. Fold the end in about 2.5-3 cm and fold accordion style - fold, flip over, fold, flip over etc.  Continue to fold it accordion style until you have folded the whole thing. It doesn’t need to be perfect when you get to fluffing out the petals of your pom pom you will find the tissue paper pretty forgiving.

How to Make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Count out a pile of 10 sheets of tissue paper and lay them flat.  Fold the end in about 2.5-3 cm and fold it accordion style - fold, flip over, fold, flip over etc.  Continue to fold it accordion style until you have folded the whole thing it doesn’t need to be perfect when you get to fluffing out the petals of your pom pom you will find the tissue paper pretty forgiving.

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Concertina up your accordion of tissue paper and fold it in half to find the center. Now you need to fasten it around the middle to create the centre of your pom. You can use craft pipe cleaners or wire twists for sandwich bags do the job too. Wrap the wire around the middle and secure it to hold everything in place.

Now is a good time to attach thread or fishing line for hanging as it can be a bit fiddly to get to the middle once your pom is fluffed.  Next round the edges of both ends.  The rounder the cut, the shallower the “petals” of the tissue paper pom pom will be.  Now you should have something that looks like this: 

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Now it's time to make your pom pom. Take one of the tissue paper sheets and pull it away from the rest of them towards the middle and continue pulling apart the layers of tissue paper.

Fluff the papers on one half of the fan and then start pulling the apart all the layers on the second half. Make sure that you pull your layer firmly to the centre where your wire holds it for the best fully rounded finished look to your pom.

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Fluff up all the layers until you get it into a good ball shape, then hang it from the ceiling, banister, window – or wherever you wish. Finally, step back, admire your handy work and get ready for compliments from guests to your home.

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Will you be trying our DIY Pom Pom Decorations this year?  Or perhaps you have your own alternative to tinsel when it comes to festive decorations?  Do share, we’d love to hear from you!

Step by step image credits: Weddings Are Beautiful

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