DIY Projects: Fabric Pom Poms Tutorial

Whilst browsing through some of the visual delights of Pinterest, I kept coming across fabric pom poms used as wedding decoration.  I love these as a great fun way of adding some texture and colour to your wedding celebration, so that was it I was set about trying to create my own and sharing with you my fabric pom poms tutorial.

Pom poms come in a wide variety of colours, but I chose to make a nutural toned one to compliment my new office once finished.

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Materials and Equipment

Paper lantern
Glue gun

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Keeping with my theme of reusing items, I raded the garage and found some old paper lanterns that I brought when (UK readers will know what I mean) Woolworths finally closed their doors.

paper lanterns

For the fabric for my Pom Pom I found and asked my husband for some of his old tshirts in a variety of colours, but all in nutural colours.

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The first job is the most laborious, cutting out the circles.  Cut out a circle approx 3inch diameter from paper and then pin it to your chosen fabric and cut out.  A tip if you have good scissors double fold the material so you are cutting out more than one at a time.

To give you an idea I ct up 3 mens t-shirts to have enought circles to fill my Pom Pom and make it nice and fluffy.  This is not a quick job, so my advice would be to do this in stages, so you don’t get bored with the project before you start!

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This is the pile for one and half sides of t-shirts.

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Once completed all your circles, plug in your glue gun and time to get sticking.

Fold one circle in half and place some glue in the centre.

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Then fold that in half and press the tip so that the glue sticks.

I found it easier to place your fingers inside your new fortune cookie shaped circle and then put some more glue on the tip.

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Whilst the glue is still hot, put one hand inside your paper lantern and stick the circle onto the paper.  Caution – watch your fingers on the inside of the paper and DO NOT touch the back of  where you are glueing.

Apologies forgot to take a photo at the start so this is towards the end.  But repeat the process until the whole of the lantern is covered.

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Once complete (this did take my approx 4 hours in total with cutting and sticking) thread some ribbone through the handle and et voila, your fabric Pom Pom is complete.

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Another word of caution – I decided to start on a rather large paper lantern.  Whilst these do give a great dramatic effect to any celebration, I would start with a small one and work your way up to a full scale giant fabric pom pom.

Have fun and don’t forget I would love to see pictures of your DIY projects on facebook.

monique trulove --wedding blogger

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