It’s a celebration! Making a garland at home is fun, simple and can be used in so many different ways. Decorate for a wedding or party creatively as Monique Taylor-Yee Shui shares how to make a special occasion memorable with exquisite décor!
- Tissue Paper
- String of choice
- Magnet tape or suction cups
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Prepare The Paper
To create one pom-pom, you’ll need four to six 6×10 inch sheets of tissue paper. To get this size, you’ll likely have to cut up a big sheet. Most tissue paper sheets are 20×20 so you can start by cutting your tissue paper in half so you have sheets that are 10 inches in length, then use a pencil and ruler to create your 6×10 sheets of tissue paper and cut out with scissors.
- Making The Folds
Stack paper and fold it accordion-style. Make about ¾-inch folds so you can really get a beautiful pom-pom Use pencil and ruler to measure the first ¾-inch fold. Once you have your sheets fully folded, press down firmly to create nice clean creases in your tissue paper. This is the most labor intensive part of this project. Avoid rushing this to prevent uneven folds and you also want to avoid having your tissue paper shift on you as you fold.
- Tie Up Your Folds
Your next step will be to fold your folded tissue paper in half to create a line and tie it in the middle with the string of your choice. You can use embroidery floss, yarn, twine – it’s up to you! Actually we don’t need to get creative here because once you fluff out your pom-pom, you won’t see the string anymore! So with the string, I suggest cutting it 6-8 inches in length – this allows you to leave some extra string to secure the pom-pom to the garland twine. Be sure to tie your knot tight and along the fold line where you folded your paper in half because if you tie your knot off center, your pom won’t look as round, it will actually look lopsided.
- Snip Your Points
Snip the ends of your folded tissue paper into points or rounds. This gives you the outer shape of your pom-pom.
- Fluff Out Pom Pom
Separate your tissue paper layers sheet by sheet (or also called fluffing). You have to be patient with this part so don’t rush. Be delicate when fluffing as the tissue paper can rip!If you do tear your tissue paper a bit, don’t stress, you’ll have enough layers to conceal your tears. Once you’re finished with your pom-pom, you can set it aside and move on to the next one. Measure out twine for the garland the desired length for your purpose. For colours, consider themes such as wedding colours which are typically pink, cream, coral and tan. Simply depending on the occasion you can move on to a different colour palette next. For a multihued pom-pom use patterned tissue paper or use sheets in different colours. You can add as many as you need just measure out the space so you can make sure you have enough or not too many.
- Make The Garland
To make the garland, string garland twine through the middle tied part of your pom-poms. I suggest leaving 24 inches at the beginning of your twine so you have enough twine to secure it to the car (for example tying it to the rearview mirror). Space out your pom poms approx. 12 inches. Using the excess string from your tied pom-pom, secure the pom-pom to the garland twine by tying a few knots over the garland twine.This will keep the pom-pom in place and prevent it from sliding along the garland twine.
- Finishing Touch
Glue magnet on back of pom-pom or tie on suction cups where needed and affix cups to car. If your hanging this in your house you can use sticky tack or even command strips to secure the pom-poms to the wall.
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