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Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

Armed with fluffy pom-poms, kids can tell parents what to do: Stand up! Cheer! Make some noise!




Construct these crowd-pleasers by cutting strips from layers of tissue paper and then wrapping them around dowels. Design them in team colors or any festive combination. Add extra layers for super-large pom-poms, or tape skinny strips to both ends of a longer dowel for a spirited baton. Hurrah!


  • Dowels
  • Tissue Paper
  • Vinyl Tape


  1. Step 1

    Begin by placing four sheets of tissue paper on top of each other.

  2. Step 2

    Fold them in half, and cut 1-inch-wide strips through all layers, stopping just short of fold so that strips will hold together (left top).

  3. Step 3

    Next, starting at one corner, roll folded edge tightly around one end of a short 1/4-inch-diameter dowel.

  4. Step 4

    Use vinyl tape to secure the bottom of the pom-pom to the dowel. Repeat entire process, beginning with the four sheets of tissue paper, at least two more times, to make the ball fluffy.

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 5 2002



Reviews (4)

  • ArtistEuropa 4 Jul, 2011

    Very, very CUTE! Using paper is great as it can be recycled or composted after it is torn or use has ended.

    *Takes much paper to create full pom poms
    *Takes a long time to cut unless using a paper slicer (which isn't recommended with younger or very energetic kids)

  • RGXM 13 Oct, 2010

    I think tissue paper might tear easily. We get really into the games!! I'm gonna try using those plastic table covers. That might hold up better with the wind also.

  • DebsSweet 30 Sep, 2010

    Yes - they would tear the first time they are used. In high school I used crepe paper for my pom poms - I think? It was a long time ago! LOL (and we didn't do it this way, I do know that much)

  • texasmemo 15 Sep, 2010

    These look really cute but wouldn't they tear easily? just a thought.