Pom Poms and Parties

Over the weekend my big girl turned 10 - I don't know where those years went! I decided I was going to turn my hand to paper pom pom making for her party. My first attempts weren't so good, but I definitely got better, and even quite enjoyed my last ones.

The photos below were my guide, and you can find the originals here. Or check out the latest Your Home and Garden mag, and their video here.

Start by putting about 10 sheets of tissue paper in a pile. My biggest ones were 50cm x 70cm, but I made some half that size too. Fold the pile in accordion folds (like you're making a fan) roughly 3cm each. When you've finished folding, cut each end into either a round or a 'v'.

Use a piece of florist's wire to fold over the centre of your folded strip, twist and make a hook. Now you can fan each end out, and gently start pulling the pom pom petals out. Try and make it puffy and round (some of mine were a bit squashed looking!).

The Honeycomb balls were fab too. Mine came from the lovely girls at The Pretty Baker.

I hung them on the day with cellotape - luckily it didn't damage our ceiling! But I have since found better solutions, thanks to my awesome Facebook followers. Next time I will use 3M hooks - you can get clear mini hooks that would be perfect. Another suggestion was white thumb tacks, although that would leave tiny holes.

I love how Anna Spiro and her team at Black & Spiro hung their honey comb balls along a length of string, featured in the latest Adore mag. This would just require two hooks on each end - brilliant!