If your party colors are multi-color pastels, there are inexpensive
packs of tissue paper out there to make party pom poms from but
if you want solid color poms or deeper color poms, the
papers available are harder to find and more expensive.
As an alternative to tissue paper for party poms, you can use
napkins in your party colors to make party poms from.
These packs of napkins in a dark puple came from Dollar Tree.
There are 20 napkins in a pack of luncheon size napkins and
30 napkins per pack in the cocktail size napkins for (duh) $1.
Since it only takes 7-10 pieces of paper to make a pom, you
can make 2-3 poms per pack of napkins, or just pennies!
To start your party pom poms, unfold and layer same size
7-10 napkins on top of each other. Line up the edges.
Fold down about 1 inch along the top edge.
Crease the fold with your hand. Then pleat the same amount
going the other direction accordian-pleat-style all the way
down the remainder of the napkin keeping the folds straight
and as even as possible.
Keeping the folds in place, secure the folds in the center
with a chenille stem, narrow ribbon, twisty tie, etc.
You don't have to cut the ends of the folds but it makes
the pom look more fun. You can cut in points or rounded.
Spread out the folds.
On both sides of the center, separate the top napkin from the other layers and gently pull it towards the center.
You are less likely to tear the napkin layers if you pull the
layers gently close to the folds and not the edge.
Keep pulling the layers apart. On the top layers, you need
to pull the layers more towards the center but as the ball
shape forms, the bottom layers won't have to go
as much toward the center...it gets easier.
This pom had 7 layers so it formed more of a half-ball shape.
The cocktail napkin pom had 10 layers and the ends were
cut into a rounded shape.
Since it had a few more layers, it was able to
have a little more fullness.
The napkins are thicker than tissue paper
(which is what most poms are made of) so if you need a
complete ball shape pom, you might need to put two of
these napkin poms back to back. The thickness of the napkins makes it difficult to have more than 10 layers and still
be able to pull and fluff the layers at the center point.
Each of these poms cost only 33 pennies!
That is a lot less than you can find them anywhere else.
If you need to complete ball pom (2 of these poms back
to back) that would only be 66 pennies.
The luncheon napkin pom (pointy ends) is about 11" across
and the cocktail napkin pom (rounded ends) is about 8" across.
They have a velvet-y look and deep rich color.
No one would image that they had their beginnings at
the Dollar Tree!
By using colorful napkins,it has been much easier for me
to find pretty colors for party poms and it is cheaper,
too, than buying packs of single color tissue papers
(when I can even find them).
Hope this helps you too!