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How to Make DIY Tissue paper pomanders

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Learn how to make these affordable decorative balls from tissue paper to use as wedding decor! Tissue paper pomanders make a big impact for a very low price.

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I made 12 tissue paper pomander balls to decorate the aisle. So much cheaper than the real thing!

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.

Now, we’ll be honest, it is a very 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

How to make tissue paper flowers for pomanders:

  • 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:

Tissue Paper Pomanders

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!

Tissue Paper Pomanders
Tissue Paper Pomanders

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.

Tissue Paper Pomanders

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!)

Tissue Paper Pomanders

We hung the pomander from our kitchen light fixture while applying the flowers so we could see all the way under it. Another reason to hang your ball while you work is so the flowers don’t get smushed by laying it on the table. We did use hot glue to affix the wires/flowers into the styrofoam for extra stability.

Tissue Paper Pomanders

VOILA! A finished tissue paper pomander! Your first attempt may be 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!

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Jessica Bishop is the founder of TheBudgetSavvyBride.com, and author of the best-selling book,The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer. Jessica's expert wedding advice and money-saving tips have been featured by Good Morning America, COSMOPOLITAN, Glamour, and more.