Monday, February 20, 2012

Craft: Eyelet Tissue Pom Poms (Tutorial)

I've had a bit of a fascination with eyelet, lace, doilies, and somehow hobnail milk glass fits in there too (see what I've been pinning). I guess it's about shades of white and texture. I think it's beautiful. I've always loved a restrained  color palette and it doesn't get much more restrained than shades of white!

I thought it would be fun to try a variation on the ever popular tissue poms (I used them here in the colored variety). I wanted them to look even more feminine, if that is possible, and thought: eyelet.

Eyelet is so gorgeous, don't you think?  I've been thinking about a party with all of these great, girly textures, but I'm not sure which of my girls' birthdays might be the best fit. 

Then I thought, why not try this out for a little tea party? Say, for Valentine's Day... Well Valentine's is behind us, at least for this year, but this party is still dangling in front of me. Perhaps with hearts and all:

If you want to make eyelet pom poms for your own celebration click to read the tutorial.


To make one you will need:
  • A stack of 8 sheets of tissue paper (the standard rectangular shaped stuff--exact dimensions don't matter). You could probably use 10 sheets, but I wouldn't recommend using less...
  • A pair of sharp scissors
  • A standard hole punch
  • A long twist tie for securing (this is my favorite way to do it, anyway...)

Start by aligning the edges of your stack of tissue paper as best you can, but it doesn't matter if it isn't perfect. Then make a 1" fold down one long edge of the stack. I hold the stack and fold up from the bottom away from myself.

Flip the whole stack over and fold up one inch again. It will look like this:

Continue making 1" accordion style folds in this manner until the entire stack is folded. If the last fold is a bit shy of 1" that is just fine.

Now take a pair of scissors and trim the edges so they are rounded.

Unfold, and using your hole punch, punch little holes out of the stack of tissue around the perimeter of the scalloped edges. I punched one hole at the top center of each curve and then one on each side equal distances apart. Then I punched one in the crease.

Then add one other hole in the center of each scallop--I aligned mine with the punched holes in the creases. You could of course do this in any order you prefer! (I love the resulting stack of punched tissue circles. You could use this for confetti! Wish I'd thought of that before tossing them...)

Now refold the tissue along the 1" fold lines and secure in the middle with a twist tie.

Turn the stack on its side, fan out the folds on one side and carefully separate the tissue layers. Work on one side of the pom pulling apart all the layers (gently so they don't tear) until they are spread in a 180-degree shape, then work on the other side of the pom...

...until you have a beautiful spherical shape. I just love these! Such a thrill to make something so beautiful out of humble materials.



Kari Sweeten said...

Beautiful party decor Anneliese! Love this eyelet look!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Just beautiful! You could also hang a collction of them in the bedroom for a change in decor. (I've seen a few decorating mags with coloured ones...)
The white eyelet has a certain Je nais se quoi. :)

Sharon said...

What a lovley idea! I will have to try this!

@jenhalloran said...

Love! First thought -- where on earth did you get eyelet tissue? Silly me. You *made* it, of course.

Sarah Belzer said...

So cute! These would be darling for a party.

Fran said...

What an inexpensive way to decorate. I'm always looking for clever decorating ideas for my women's club luncheons (without breaking the bank). THANKS!

Bari Jo said...

These are so beautiful! We are working on a bridal shower and friends were talking about tissue paper flowers they saw - the same tutorial you linked this to - and when I saw your doily hearts and now this! - Perfect! You are just a wealth of inspiration!!! Thank you! I love the sweet effect of the hole punches to soften it! I think they would be so pretty for a tea party, too!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon Designs said...

Oh my goodness I LOVE these! You would never guess it was as simple as punching holes! This just went on my must-do for Easter list! Bonnie and I would love for you to share this at our link party! I know our readers would love it, too! Trish @ Uncommon

Ellen Taylor said...

These are gorgeous! tfs

Sharon Field / Inky A*Muse-ment said...

Cute and fun project, thanks for the tutorial!

Michelle Looi said...


Delia said...

What a cool idea. Love this twist on the tissue paper pom.

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