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how to make tissue paper pomanders

I've been a tissue paper flower-making machine lately- hard at work making my Tissue Paper Pomanders for the ceremony and reception decor. With help from my MOH and sister, and even my fiancé! I've successfully completed one pomander, and enough flowers for 2 or 3 more. Almost half way there. It's a time consuming project- but making the flowers is so mindless. It's something good to do while you're watching TV at night. I'm pretty happy with it for my first attempt! I followed directions from Ruffled's blog here and I shot some pictures of the process… so if you want to make your own Tissue Paper Pomanders, check out these steps below:


image via Martha Stewart

To make the flowers:

  • Cut your tissue paper into 10″x5″ strips
  • Using 4 stacked pieces of tissue paper, fold into an accordion. Folds should be about 1/2″
  • Wrap floral wire around the center of your flowers and twist the ends to secure
  • Round the edges of your folded tissue paper with scissors
  • Fan the tissue paper out and separate the layers with your fingers
  • Give it a fluff and make it pretty!

Once you've got your flowers made, you can follow these steps:


I started out by inserting wire hooks into the tops of the styrofoam balls, I sealed them in with some hot glue. This is what you'll use to hang your pomanders with ribbon, burlap, twine, whatever your heart desires!





I used 3 varying shades of yellow tissue paper that I picked up just to give the flowers more ‘dimension' and to make them look maybe a little more realistic. I mixed the colors all together as I applied them to the styrofoam balls.




I've got my paper flowers and my ribbon at the ready- time to put one together! (Coffee is a must during this process, too!)




I hung the pomander from our kitchen light fixture while I applied the flowers so I could see all the way under it (and so the flowers would get smushed if I laid it on the table.) I did use hot glue to affix the wires / flowers into the styrofoam for extra security.



VOILA! A finished pomander! My first attempt was a little lopsided… but you can easily adjust and ‘fluff' the flowers to even things out. In general once the flowers are all mashed in together they look pretty good – it's hard to mess it up so don't be scared to try it! I mean, even my fiancé made some of these flowers, so if he can do it so can you! 😉 

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  • Looks great! I hope to do this project myself – now I know it’s possible. 🙂

  • Amy

    Very pretty! I don’t notice it being lopsided. Chances are no one else will either and it doesn’t show in pictures (which is how you will look back at it and remember it.) Which I doubt in 50 years you will look back and see mistakes only hazy perfection. Your wedding is going to be gorgeous.

  • Shamika

    Where are you using those? On the chair at the end of the aisle?
    I like it. It looks real professional.

  • MsTeacherLady

    That looks great! I’m currently working on these paper flowers for centerpieces: . Mine don’t look quite as professional as those in the pics, but I still think they look pretty darn cool. I wasn’t planning on going the DIY route until our florist told us that our original plan was not even close to being within our budget. Sigh. Oh well, I’m hoping our guests see these and think “wow” rather than “hmmm, they must have had budget issues.” I’ve done 8 dozen so far, and I’m going strong!

  • They look great. I just finished a couple of paper flower arrangements in vases. Mine looked lopsidded too. But the good thing about tissue is that you can mold it really easily. I keep seeing these pomanders around – I might just have to add them to my list!

  • TweetMyWedding

    Those are spectacular! Congrats on a job well done!

    My good friend and husband made all the rose centerpieces for their wedding and they were very very pretty tissue paper roses. I didn’t know they were not real till I touche one (leave it to me to be nosy)!

    Keep up the great work & hang in there!

    Best wishes!

  • I adore those but found them way too late in my wedding game to attempt… I always figured I’d make them for someone else and now one of my best friends are engaged! Thanks for reminding me… Yours looks just perfect!

  • I am making this as part of my decor for the wedding aisle. My bridesmaids are also carrying these down the aisle.

  • So THESE are what you have been twittering about! I LOVE them! And I’ve been looking for something to dress up the aisles during the ceremony. We aren’t allowed to use real flowers, and I am not a fan of the bow. This is perfect! It came out great too!!! Btw, awesome pic too. :O)

  • Liz

    excellent job 🙂

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