Several months ago I was thinking of how I could transform my daughters typical “pink princess-themed room” into something more modern. I was browsing the web for some inspiration and I stumbled upon a website where I found the cutest poms. Most tutorials that I found online show you how to make the poms cheaper out of tissue paper, but I wanted something that would last longer and was willing to spend a few extra bucks.
I can’t cut in a straight line for the life of me, but I promise, these are fool proof.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Glue gun & glue sticks
- Paper lanterns
- Fabric of choice
I used 3 different sizes of paper lanterns and 3 different fabric colors. I cut a gazillion circles about four inches in diameter to create the petals. Depending on how big your paper lanterns are and what type of fabric you choose will determine how much fabric you’ll need. I underestimated how much fabric I needed at first and had to make a few extra trips to the fabric store to purchase more yards of fabric. The fabric I used was a thin silk, if you use a thicker fabric, you will buy less yards. How much you spend will depend on how much fabric you purchase, where you purchase it and if you use any coupons. Fortunately, I had a 40% off coupon from JoAnne’s and spent roughly $25 per pom.
You’ll place a dot of glue in the middle of the fabric circle and fold in half, then in half again while placing another dot of glue at the tip of the fabric circle which has now become a petal. Place each petal on the paper lantern. It doesn’t have to be perfect, in fact I found that the more uneven they were the prettier the petal and texture they created.
Keep going until you fill the entire paper lantern with the petals. Once you’re finished your fabric pom should look something like this.
You can decorate with these just about anywhere. I used them in the corner of my girl’s room hanging from the ceiling with white ribbon, but here are a few other ideas where you can decorate with them:
- As centerpieces on a table
- On candle holders
- A birthday party
Cut all of the circles first then move on to gluing. If you finish one task at time, it will create a better work flow.
Prepare for a few minor glue gun burns. No matter how hard I try, I get a dab of scorching hot glue on my fingers every time I use the thing. UGH!
Have patience, your first set of poms might not be the best, but you’ll get better with practice and time.
The possiblilties are endless with these, colors, shapes, and sizes.