DIY pom-poms

DIY pom-poms
Two, four, six, eight, what do you appreciate? A pom-pom with panache! What’s even better? A DIY pom-pom that’s easy to make and doesn’t cost a fortune. Create this fun football craft from tissue paper in your team colors and shake some cheer into your afternoon. Includes step-by-step instructions to make four easy pom-poms.
Crafter level: Easy

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  • 72 sheets tissue paper in colors of your choice (we used 2 different colors tissue paper and gold metallic paper)
  • Painter’s tape (optional)
  • Rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • ⅜-in. diameter wooden dowel, cut into fourths to make the handles


  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    DIY pom-pom handle
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3, gluing the second batch of folded and cut paper to the dowel where the first section ends.

  5. 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.

  6. Now follow all the steps above for the remaining 3 pom-poms.

Jeanne Field

Jeanne Field enjoys quilting, killer sudoku and washi-tape hoarding in her free time—which she has more of now that her 2 kids are in college. She hopes to live 1,000 or so more years so she can make ALL the quilts.