Secrets to Making the Perfect Pompom featured on Canadian Living

Last month, I showed you how to make the perfect tissue paper pompom (ones that are perfectly round with nicely scalloped edges), and I'm thrilled that it's been featured on Canadian Living!!

To recap, if you've ever made tissue paper pompoms and they just didn't come out round, or the edges were just wavy rather than perfectly scalloped, this DIY is for you.

Typically pompoms are made by folding a stack of tissue into an accordion fold and pulling out half the layers up, and half the layers down. We recommend using half the amount of tissue and pulling all the layers up for a pompom half. Then repeat on another one and stack the 2 halves together for a perfect ball. 

Read on for the detailed step-by-step.

• 2 stacks of tissue paper with 5 sheets, sized 15" wide by 20" high
• Curling ribbon
• Scissors
• Coordinating ribbon for hanging the pompoms

Step 1 - Starting with the shorter edge, fold the tissue paper stack into an accordion, with each panel approximately 1" wide. Tie in the middle with a piece of curling ribbon.


Step 2  - Trim the ends evenly.

Step 3  - Trim the ends into points. Now, round the points. (This is how to get nicely scalloped edges once the pompom is unfolded.)

Step 4  - To make sure the pompom doesn't turn out lopsided, fold the stack in half at the ribbon and see if the two sides are equal. (Adjust the ribbon in the centre if it's uneven.)

Step 5  - Repeat Steps 1-4 on the other stack of tissue. Now, compare the two stacks side by side to make sure they're approximately the same length.

Step 6  - Take one of the accordion folds and fan out one side. Pull out a layer from that side.

Step 7  - Continue pulling up all the layers. Then, pull up the layers on the other side. Now, repeat Steps 6 + 7 on the other accordion stack.

Step 8  - Flip one of the half pompoms over and string a piece of the coordinating ribbon through it.

Step 9  - Place the other pompom half on top and string ribbon through.

Photography + design: Tulle Box Designs for Canadian Living