DIY + Wedding: The paper pom pom on tree branch

For the past week I’ve been thinking very hard about the table decoration for the wedding. I’m leaning towards the baby’s breath shown in this post, but my bf seems to be leaning towards this look:

Wedding table decoration ideas

Well, in the same post, I mentioned about an exhibition created by the Pom Poms factory where they used pink pom poms as cherry blossoms and it looked Ah-mazing.


So I thought, why not try that? And I did. So here is the work in progress:


I think it’s 5 out of 10, for few reasons.

1. Branch is not thick and dynamic enough. It angles in such odd ways but that’s all that could find in the park;

2. I think a longer round glass vase would work better for this type of decoration as oppose to a small rectangular vase;

3. Last but not least, there needs to be MORE POM POMS.

But you know, this girl has got other things to do….like watching movies and napping. Anyway, here is my journey photographed.

how to make paper pom poms instructions

So I first cut them up into small rectangles about 5cm x 10cm, then folded them like a fan. To help me tie it together I used a peg, and then tied it together using those sandwich bag wires.

pom pom instructions

Then I opened up on both sides of the fan, to pull each tissue towards the centre.

Well, here are the 2 lessons I learnt:


My tissue paper was so think and brittle when I pull it towards the centre I kept tearing off pieces of it.


To give the really dense look that peonies and the Pom Pom factory had, I thought I’ll just use LOTS AND LOTS of paper. Well, it was so much that I couldn’t pull towards the centre as a result of the crease and it kept tearing.

Below: Fail.


Frustrated by the lack of cooperation coming from the paper flower, I decided to cut my loss. So I took out all the damaged paper and reduced to half of what I originally had:

paper pom pom failures

Luckily, it was a GREAT decision and this is what I came up with:

paper pom poms

Yes, it looks like a scrunched up tissue. But it’s MY scrunched up tissue. Following this success, I tried with some pink paper pom poms which I ordered online:

pink paper peonies

Looks better than the white eh?

The great thing about the pink one is that it was obviously done by a professional company, so they had better tissue paper and longer wires. So pulling each tissue apart was much easier than that of the white (which was truly DIY). On top of that, I made a larger pink pom pom which I then used scissors to trim down. Actually, you should really think about that if you decide to create a much more realistic and organic paper pom pom.

I found that when I trimmed it down, it looked more realistic because real flowers are never neat and straight edged. They all had their own little flaws, so my quick trimming gave the pom pom a little life.

how to make paper pom poms

Will I be using this at the wedding? I’m not sure. It takes a lot of time and it’s definitely a lot of work. Even though most of the paper pom poms can be DIY but it takes a lot of time.

Anyhow, I will definitely keep working on this and I’ll be sure to show you the end product. Let me know what you think.

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9 thoughts on “DIY + Wedding: The paper pom pom on tree branch

    1. I totally agree with the less bendy branches. But then this is all I could find in the park….
      It’s quite a bit of work though, we’re going to try out the second option with the baby breath and see how quick & cheap it will turn out.

  1. I love it! Wish I had seen it when I was making my own table centrepieces. I did it, but to be really honest, I got lazy towards the end and that’s why my centrepieces bouquets were a little smaller than I had imagined they should turn out to be. Also buying tissue paper in batches because the one shop ran out meant that I ended up with different coloured cream tissue paper and that frustrated me to no end, but I stubbornly persisted on with it.

    It’s a much cheaper way to decorate your wedding so that money can be spent on other more important things for the reception, but if you can’t be bothered, and don’t want sore fingers running up to the wedding, this is probably something to set aside, which would be a shame cause it is truly gorgeous.

    1. Thanks for those advice!!!!
      I think you mentioned a really good point about being lazy towards the end, because I think that’s what I’ll be like. So I’m also thinking how much time and effort we’ll put in, and whether there is a better option. Even if it’s a little more expensive, we might do less work. You know?

      Or may be it can be a centre piece for the cake table???

      Have you got a picture of your centre piece? I’d love to have a look at it!!

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