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A Formula for Tissue Paper Poms: Large, Medium, and Small

February 22, 2013


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  1. March 2, 2013 4:22 am

    Awesome post, love making these but always have to guestimate. Totally bookmarking this!

  2. Rebecca S. permalink
    May 16, 2013 4:48 pm

    Thank you so much for taking the guess work out of it. I have been diddling around for the past couple of hours trying to find a size that works for the small ones!

    • May 16, 2013 10:17 pm

      Sweet! That’s awesome — I hope it worked for you, too!

  3. bob permalink
    June 2, 2013 3:54 pm

    Thanks so much I am making these for my graduation party and was looking all over the internet for how big the tissue paper should be. I tried to make one with 20 x 20 and it didn’t work but after reading this I made a ton of medium sized ones no problem. Thanks!

    • June 2, 2013 6:45 pm

      Woot! That’s great!

    • MsDenim permalink
      August 14, 2014 12:17 pm

      Nice blog ๐Ÿ™‚
      Extra tip for those who buy the 20 x 20 sheets:
      I make a cut in the center of the fan fold on 20 x 20 sheets. I leave about 2″ to 1 1/2″ uncut at the center. (Resembles a butterfly after cutting) They make big full size rounds plus they don’t seem to tear as easy when separating them.

    • August 16, 2014 8:58 am

      Awesome — thanks for the tip!

  4. Anonymous permalink
    August 22, 2013 3:52 pm

    Thanks so much for posting the nitty-gritty measurement details! It helps enormously.

  5. deezS permalink
    October 17, 2013 11:18 pm

    Hi. I was wanting to make these poms poms as centrepieces for a christening…thanks so much for the tips on varying sizes. How would you suggest keeping them upright..i.e. like a flower and what would you use? i was thinking of putting a few in a vase for each table. thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

    • October 18, 2013 8:16 am

      Hi, Diana!
      That’s a great idea! Here’s what I would do: Before you fluff out the pom (you’ll have it all accordian folded and have the wire wrapped around the center), wrap the extra wire ends tightly around a stick or dowel. Maybe put a little glue there, too, if you don’t think it’s secure enough. Then fluff it out! It might help to use a longer piece of wire to secure the center of the pom, so that you have those longer wire ends to wrap around your stick.

      Alternatively, if you find this to be too unwieldy, you could make the pom completely. Then spread apart some of the “petals” to find the inner center and put a dab of hot glue there and attach your stick or dowel that way. I think the first way will be more secure, though. Let me know how it goes!

  6. October 21, 2013 2:49 pm

    Yay! So glad to have found your pompom tutorial. I’m making flower poms too and your advice and tips are SO VERY helpful. I’m pinning this right now if it’ll let me.

  7. October 21, 2013 2:53 pm

    Reblogged this on cathyswraps: whimsical vases for weddings, events & gifts and commented:
    I was so excited to find this formula for making tissue paper poms from {A Midwest Girl Makes Do} I just had to share it!

  8. Katie permalink
    December 4, 2013 12:38 pm

    Hi Heidi-I was wondering if you could share secrets or tips on how to cut curved tips instead of pointy, especially when making the large pompoms with 20+ layers of tissue? I am planning to make about 200 large and medium sized pompoms for my wedding in May and any tips would be appreciated. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • December 18, 2013 4:06 pm

      I used a VERY sharp sewing scissors, for one thing. But most importantly, I didn’t cut through all layers at once, but did them in about 3 cuts each side, separating groups of folds with my fingers. It’s a little awkward, but it’s the only way to get a curved edge!

  9. Anonymous permalink
    January 3, 2014 11:32 pm

    how about when I buy the 20×30 sheets, how do I make the different sizes

    • January 4, 2014 10:21 am

      I would just divide the difference of that extra 4 inches! Remember, once you fluff out the poms, it will hide minor imperfections. If your tissue squares turn out more rectangular than square, I would fold the accordians up with the short side facing you — that will just give you some extra “fluff.” Let me know if that is not clear!

    • January 6, 2014 2:29 am

      Love all your “stuff” very inspiring and pretty however I have paper from several sources and they are of various sizes and number of sheets. Although it’s great to read the info I think it would be usefull to us, the less practiced” If there was a chart or point by point list of key sizes for each size pom-pom..

    • January 7, 2014 7:46 am

      Sorry about that! I think that might be a problem for a mathematician — it would take me forever to figure out a chart or formula for every paper scenario ๐Ÿ˜€

      If anyone out there is a math whiz, this may be a good project for you! I know that a math expert produced a chart for figuring out granny square color combos, so maybe this isn’t far-fetched?

    • January 7, 2014 3:28 pm

      Thank you for your prompt reply. My apologies for not being clear, what I meant was:

      Size pom No Sheets Fold
      Big 24 (20×26) 1.5 inches

      Med 12 (13×20) 1.5 ”

      Small 8 ((8.3/4×8) 1 ”

      Made some already Great. Thanks so much.

    • January 8, 2014 6:30 am

      Oh. My. HAHAHA! Sorry, I thought you wanted the sizes and instructions for, well, any size of paper and any number of sheets. Yes, this chart is very helpful — thanks! No math for that ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. January 9, 2014 4:28 am

    I love the scalloped edge best but do find it impossible to cut with scissors through all the layers. Will a rotary cutter go through several sheets? Is there any other way to get the scallops neat? Thank’s.

    • January 9, 2014 6:31 am

      Yes, it is impossible! I would cut the scallops in groups of folds, separating about 3 folds at a time then cutting a rounded edge on the right side, then on the left, to make the full rounded edge. Let me know if that doesn’t make sense!

  11. Johnc160 permalink
    May 29, 2014 3:55 am

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    August 25, 2014 5:24 pm


  13. November 16, 2014 11:47 am

    Thank you for this wonderful post. It really helped me in the last minute to figure out the sizes I needed. Fantastic Blog.

  14. alana permalink
    January 9, 2015 9:01 am

    Awesome, thanks for sharing! Am sure you’ve saved me a lot of trial and error! Yay!

  15. Melissa permalink
    March 1, 2015 7:52 pm

    I need to make a bunch of these. How far in advance, would be ok to make??

    • March 2, 2015 6:54 am

      I would say make one from start to finish and see how long that takes you (everyone works at their own pace). I made around 600 for the wedding and it took many hours over the course of four months or so. I made all of them and stopped before unfolding them — so they would store better — then unfolded them closer to the wedding. It does take FOREVER.


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