Whip up a bunch of pretty paper pompoms with this super-simple 10 minute tutorial from Decorating with Pompoms by Émilie Greenberg and Karine Thiboult-Demessence (Thames & Hudson, £9.95).
You will need:
Packs of tissue paper in 50x75cm sheets
String for hanging
Drawing pins for fixing
1. Unfold the tissue paper but leave the sheets lying on top of each other.
2. Fold the tissue paper accordion-style making the pleats about 4cm wide (use the ruler to measure them). Press down firmly to make sure that the folds are sharp.
3. Fold the pleated paper in 2 lengthways to make a fan shape. Wrap a piece of craft wire around the central fold to hold it in place. Tie a length of string to the wire; this will be used to hang the finished pompom from the ceiling.
4. Cut the ends of the pleated paper into a rounded shape. This will give the final pompom a petal-like look. You could also create other effects by cutting the pleated ends into different shapes – pointed, squared, fringed – or by using pinking shears.
5. Now begin unfolding the layers of tissue. This is a delicate stage, so take your time. Lift up one layer of tissue at a time from the pleated bundle and gently pull it upwards and towards the centre.
6. When all the layers on one side have been unfolded, turn the bundle around and do the same with the other side.
7. Fluff up the pompom, making sure the petals look even and attractive.
8. Use drawing pins to fix the strings to the ceiling. Make the strings different lengths to create a balanced effect.