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*MAR*
« on: July 23, 2007 11:16:51 AM »

Hey there! I have had a few people request info on the tissue poms and paper bag flowers Heather and I did for my wedding. I got the idea from visiting the Mexican Fine Arts Center, here in Chicago - and then found tuts on Martha's website, and in one of her mags. We sort of tweaked her tut for our needs, used our pinks and green, and just made it our own. I'll post her tut here, and tell you what I learned to make it easier for you.

To start off, here's some shots of our poms & flowers in use.
I'll follow with another post with a how we did these.





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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2007 11:34:19 AM »

"Blooming Bag How-To"

http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=425ed0f19132f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default

I recommend using the sort of paper bags that you use to carry lunch in. The paper just holds up better. I found great colours of bags at Party City, but they were this wimpy flimsy, coated thin paper. They didn't work well. I found the good bags, more expensive, but good colours, at Michael's in the party supply section.

Get yr bags, scissors, paper glue and some cardboard to make petal templates:


Cut off the bottom fold of the paper bag:


Cut out 8-10 bags in each petal configuration, glue the bags together, and punch your hole in the bottom, all the way through:


Lay a book on the bags to help them dry properly, leave 'em alone for a few hours.

Next, once they are dry, use a piece of fishing line, make a loop, in your punched hole (make it loose, or you will tear your paper), tie a knot. Now, start spreaking your petals out, once you get it in a pleasing spread, glue the last two bags together in the open position, and clip together with clothespins. Use a long line of fishing line to hang them everywhere - voila - pretty hanging paper flowers!

(recommendation, play around with different petal shapes, you can create some really unexpected shapes just by making points, waves, etc.)



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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2007 11:44:27 AM »

"Tissue Poms How-To"
http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=efb9608f8532f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=tissue%20pom&rsc=ns2006_m1

We used packages of tissue from Family Dollar. I also bought some of Martha's tissue, because she had better colours. Use 8-12 sheets of tissue for a really full pom. For the smaller poms, we cut the tissue in half. We were really loose with our folds, and didn't sit there with a ruler and measure each to 1.5 inches, and all. We folded as it felt right, and made sure to use a bone folder or nib to make the folds nice. I didn't personally use the cloth covered wire. Regular wire worked fine, but you do have to be gentle so you don't tear your paper. Each pom is fairly time consuming to puff out. But, it was seriously, the most gratifying craft I did. The puffing part was so much fun and you could make the pom come alive!

Try cutting points on some of the tissue edges for a more "dahlia" style pom, and rounded or wavy edges for a more "peony" style pom.

Attaching fishing line to the wire wrapped center and hang all around!


If you're doing a bunch in  one colour, do yourself a favour and by a ream or large quantity of the good stuff (Spectra) tissue from Blick's, or a comparable art supply place:
http://www.dickblick.com/zz113/03/

It is so much nicer to have flat reams of tissue to work with, instead of the folded up packages you get at card and party stores or dollar stores.
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*MAR*
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2007 11:47:31 AM »

If anybody else used poms at their weddings or party, please post your hanging configurations and detail shots. I would really love to see how everyone else used their poms!!

I'm doing a DIY photo station for our August wedding reception up in Michigan. I am currently working on aquatic greens & blues tissue poms, to frame the photo portrait area.
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2007 12:11:12 PM »

If anybody else used poms at their weddings or party, please post your hanging configurations and detail shots. I would really love to see how everyone else used their poms!!


thanks so much for the links. i'll post pics once my wedding is done (as if my flowers and decor can compete with yours!).. we're also working on a TEENY budget - like, whatever is left over after rent and bills.. and also factoring in a MOVE within 2 weeks of our wedding date!
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2007 01:03:42 PM »

Wow.. great info!
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2007 03:29:00 AM »

Awesome! I was wondering how you made those.
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2007 07:32:29 PM »

yay this is so awesome! My Fiance just proposed and we have a pretty small wedding budget and this is going to be great for centerpieces and decorations!

Thank you so much for posting this!
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2007 03:00:53 PM »

Whee! We made a ton more tissue poms for our Michigan reception this past Saturday. All shades of aquatic blues and greens. We used them around the photo area. I draped some aqua sari fabric against a wall and strung the poms all around them.

Tissue poms flat:


Poms getting fluffed!


Poms being hung - after this the fabric was hung - (i can't find a picture with the fabric up!)

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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2007 03:13:20 PM »

Oh, wow!  So pretty!!
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2007 04:01:36 PM »

these are AbFab!! they look so pretty!!! Shocked
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« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2007 12:48:10 PM »

I was wondering how come yours looked so much better than my trial pom did- I thought Martha told you to use 20 sheets of paper, and I couldn't seem to get them to look round. They were very oval, and the boy suggested skipping the whole thing because of it. Now I'll show him!
One more question- did you just use really sharp scissors? My tissue cuts are a little ragged, and it makes them look pretty cheap!
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« Reply #12 on: August 13, 2007 02:41:57 PM »

I was wondering how come yours looked so much better than my trial pom did- I thought Martha told you to use 20 sheets of paper, and I couldn't seem to get them to look round. They were very oval, and the boy suggested skipping the whole thing because of it. Now I'll show him!
One more question- did you just use really sharp scissors? My tissue cuts are a little ragged, and it makes them look pretty cheap!

I think M.S. suggests using 8 sheets per pom. (If I remember correctly) But, the dimensions of her tissue paper is 20x30 or something, so maybe that is where the confusion came from. I can see where you would get an oval effect with that many sheets.

My "secret" for getting good rounded or pointed ends for each pom was, cut your rounds or points in sections. If you try to get through all the layers at once, you just end up chewing the tissue (hence the raggedy, i had that problem too in the beginning, if you have them around, just cut the "ruined" edges into strips and you can get a cute shaggy pom out of it.). But, if you divide the accordianed strips into 1/3rds and cut in sections, you should have a nicer finish to the ends.

Good luck. Don't give up. You can do it!
The first one I made was kind of sad, but they can all fluffed within an inch of their life or used as filler, so don't throw the fuglies away!
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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2007 11:30:48 AM »

I LOVE YOU!  I seriously about peed my pants when I saw that you had posted a tut.  I saw your gorgeous wedding pictures in another post and the first thing I thought was, "I HAVE to know how to make those".  This is exactly what I was thinking of hanging from the ceiling of our reception site!  Thank you so much for the tut!  I'm sending you a big ol' smooch!
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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2007 04:39:47 PM »

I LOVE YOU!  I seriously about peed my pants when I saw that you had posted a tut.  I saw your gorgeous wedding pictures in another post and the first thing I thought was, "I HAVE to know how to make those".  This is exactly what I was thinking of hanging from the ceiling of our reception site!  Thank you so much for the tut!  I'm sending you a big ol' smooch!

YEAH! I am so glad I could help. I can't wait to see pics of your decorating job! What colours are you using? I'm such a pallette whore. I had to have a different colour scheme for each wedding reception. It was worth it to get to play with all the different colours!
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« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2008 01:39:47 PM »

Wow! I love the greens and browns! Delicious!
Everything looks wonderful. Great placement. The garlands of paper flowers are wonderful! I wish I had done that across the fences at my wedding, I love how it looks. What a great idea!!


Can I tell you a "secret"? I still have two of mine and they hang in my kitchen.  Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2008 08:13:39 PM »

ohh, i'm using these at my outdoor wedding!  we're going to hang them in the trees and then i think we're also going to do shepherd hooks down the aisle with poufs hanging on them!

i'm not good with picture posting, so here's a link to my bio page with them:
http://lefty8881.googlepages.com/receptiondecorations
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« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2008 09:51:27 PM »

Lovely poufs!
I wish I had a decent picture of the driveway up to our second reception. It was at my husband's aunt's home and we used shepherd's hooks all the way up the driveway with the little LED paper lanterns in alternating blue & green, it looked so nice!
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