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For 1 pom-pom, place 3 sheets of each color tissue paper together—9 total. Fold them in half, lengthwise, and place on the cutting mat, folded side farthest away from you. Use the painter’s tape to secure the folded side of the tissue paper to the mat so it doesn’t slip while you’re cutting (optional).
Use the rotary cutter and ruler to measure and cut the tissue paper into ½-inch-wide strips. Make the cuts about 9 inches in length—stopping about an inch from the fold. Tip: To get through all the layers, press down on the rotary cutter and make sure you start with a sharp blade.
Carefully remove the tape and place the dowel at 1 side of the folded end. Begin gluing and rolling the folded end around the dowel, about ¼ of the way from the dowel’s end. Slowly spiral the folded edge of the tissue down the dowel as you glue it.
Repeat steps 1 through 3, gluing the second batch of folded and cut paper to the dowel where the first section ends.
Once glue has cooled and dried, shake it to fluff out the fringe. To fluff it up more, rub the fringe gently between your hands, a little at a time.
Now follow all the steps above for the remaining 3 pom-poms.