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DIY 4th of July Pom Poms: Good Things

Let little ones get hands-on with the Fourth of July fun: Make festive “sparklers” they can wave, shake, and twirl safely. They’re fashioned from fringed tissue paper, with a few silvery strips for added flair.

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2015

Introduction

Sources

Fringe cutter, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $25, michaels.com
Dowel, 1/4 ", $1, homedepot.com

materials

  • Red, white, and various shades of blue tissue paper, 30 by 20 inches

  • Fringe cutter

  • Mylar paper

  • Wooden dowel

  • Double-sided tape

  • Card stock

steps

  1. Fold a sheet of tissue paper into thirds vertically. Cut one edge so you have 3 stacked strips, then fringe them using cutter. Repeat with 2 more sheets of tissue paper.

     

  2. Cut a strip of Mylar paper to match tissue-paper segments; fringe.

  3. Layer fringed segments together. Roll up on end of dowel, as shown, applying tape repeatedly along unfringed edge of tissue paper as you roll.

     

  4. Cut a cone of card stock, as shown. Wrap around base of pom-pom; tape to secure.

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