Monday, May 18, 2009

Pom-Pom Garland

(Mostly) easy, incredibly affordable and pretty cute even if I have to say so myself. With all that going for it why wouldn't you want to try this?

I came across the pom-pom instructions over at Martha Stewart and fell in love with their beautiful fluffiness. I've made a few before for package embellishments but I wanted to try the little "napkin ring" size.

After reading the reader comments I decided to forego their suggested size and try a 5x5 inch square of 6 layers of tissue paper. Once I'd cut several I attached my floral wire - do not pinch the paper, wrap the wire flatly - and worked away.

The tissue paper I had was pretty thin even by tissue paper standards and was quite easily ripped and I had to work slowly. I think a slightly higher quality paper would allow you to work more quickly.

Once I had all my pom poms opened I wired them around my length of 7/8 inch grosgrain ribbon. Start dead center of your ribbon length and work outwards to get them evenly spaced.

Use wire cutters to clip off most of the excess wire and then some needlenose pliers will turn the sharp edges under.

Though the tissue paper is light, the wire adds more weight than you might think. I didn't get a chance to try hanging the garland up, but I suspect you may have to have small ribbon loops in between each pom pom to keep them all facing outwards- but that's just a guess. It does, however, drape beautifully!

If you try it out let me know!

Linking to: Spring Categorically Crafting @ Someday Crafts


Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair said...

I love this and you read my mind! I've been wanting to make some spring/summer garland for my mantle and this is exactly what I was looking for: quick and cheap! Thanks for the inspiration :) said...

I LOVE this in garland form! So, so beautiful! I'll be linking.

Kristin said...

That is so gorgeous. I think I will TRY to do if for a shower I'm throwing. I'm not exactly crafty but it's so pretty! Thanks for the fab post!

the ungourmet said...

Another sweet and darling idea! I love the purple! :0)

I hope you had a nice weekend! Wasn't the weather great!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

That is so pretty! I'm just stopping by from SITS to say hello! :-)

Lisa said...

Lovely, I saw you on One pretty thing.

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I simply adore everything that Martha does. Is there anything that she can't accomplish? Based on these pom-poms, I would have to say no.

These look absolutely perfect for a wedding!


Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

These are so cute, I couldn't help but link to them on my weekly roundup. Thanks! :>)