Tissue paper pom-poms have become a popular wedding decoration--they are cheap, easy to make, and look so dramatic hanging from the ceiling. After seeing my friend use them at her wedding and gushing over how cool they looked, I started thinking about how to take these pom-poms to another level. By dying your own tissue paper, you can create a dramatic pom-pom with various splashes of color.
Dying the tissue paper:
- food coloring
- some kind of containers (cups/shallow bowls/plates)
- non-glossy white tissue paper
There are many ways you can dye your tissue paper--keep in mind that colors in the middle are much harder to see once you put the pom-pom together. I used yellow in the middle of the tissue paper to recreate the look of a flower. Here are a few varieties so you can see the difference between the dyed tissue paper and the resulting pom-pom:
This pom-pom was made from a tissue paper that had a gradual change from yellow to pink. Note how light the color is after the tissue paper dries--so keep that in mind when you are mixing your dyes.
This pom-pom has a less subtle change from yellow to pink--note how the pink still dominates the look of the pom-pom as the yellow color is buried in the middle of the pom-pom.
You can also cut each end of the folded tissue paper before you dye it--for this pom-pom, I dyed the each strip yellow and then only dipped the edges in red dye. It was easier to use a plate to hold the dye for dying the edges of each strip.
Making the pom-poms:
- dyed tissue paper
Step 3: Separate each layer of tissue paper by pulling it up towards the center. Halfway through the layer, flip the pom-pom over and do the same to the other side.