Craft Projects

Tissue Paper Poufs

 

A few months back, I found out that my boyfriend’s cousin is pregnant and expecting to have a baby girl this summer. Shortly after that, I was asked to help with the baby shower and was put in charge of decorations. Of course, I got on Pinterest and started looking for ideas. When I found this one, I knew I had to try it because it’s so simple and girly. You can find the original site here, but please note that I made some changes when I did it. Now let’s get to it!

These tissue paper poufs are fun and easy to make! They can be used to decorate for a variety of occasions.
These tissue paper poufs are fun and easy to make! They can be used to decorate for a variety of occasions.

What You Need:

Tissue Paper (and quite a bit if plan on making lots of these)

Scissors

Thin String

Ruler

 

Now for fun part, making them!

First, you’ll want to decide how large you want your poufs to be. I made three sizes: the large ones are 15 inches, the medium ones are between 9 and 11 inches, and the small ones are between 4 and 5 inches. The large poufs will take 8 sheets of tissue paper, the medium ones take 6, and the small ones take 4.

 

Next, you’ll want to trim your tissue paper according to the size of pouf you want. For ALL sizes, you need your paper to be about 20 inches long (most tissue paper comes with at least one 20 inch edge). The width of you paper is what will vary based on the size you decided make.

 

When you’ve got enough sheets of paper measured and cut for the size you want, stack them up and accordion fold them (back and forth) all the way to the end. You should be folding for 20 inches, if that makes sense. Do not fold the shorter side. You fold should be about an inch to an inch and a half. If you are using two colors and want your pouf to be symmetrical, put one color in the middle and divide the sheets for the other color to go on top and bottom. For example, if you were doing a large black and white one, and wanted white in the center, you would put all 4 white sheets in the center and then 2 black sheets on top and two on bottom. You can also alternate them, which would look really cool.

Example of accordion folding
Example of accordion folding

After you’ve got your tissue paper folded, you’ll need to cut about a third of the way in on each side of your strip, in the center. Do not cut all the way through! You will then slip your string into the slits and tie it around the center to secure the paper. Making these cuts makes it easier to get a rounded shape when you start fluffing it up. See photo below for an example.

Be sure not to cut all the way through.
Be sure not to cut all the way through.

 

From here, you may want to attach something to your string for hanging. You could also just cut the string long enough to hang it up. This is what I did. You may also want to cut the ends of your tissue paper to give them a rounded look, as opposed to being squared. All that’s left from this point is to gently separate the layers of tissue paper. Be careful not to tear the paper out of the string, as it will be easier to do with those slits there.

 

Rounded edges give the pouf a more girly look.
Rounded edges give the pouf a more girly look.

 

Finished Poufs
Finished Poufs

 

Some Tips:

 

If you aren’t sure what size to start with, go with the medium size. The large ones can be difficult to shape and the small ones tear more easily. Starting with a medium one will give you chance to find a technique for separating the layers that works for you, which you can then use on the other sizes.

Don’t feel constrained to the size specifications that I mentioned! Although it may be harder to get a pouf much larger than 15 inches or smaller that 4 inches, I would encourage you to try it if you’re interested! You can also make poufs of other sizes between the large and small. This is such an easy project to get creative with, so go for it!

Dull scissors will make this project go from simple craft to diabolical task. At least for me. Sharp scissors will be able to cut through the layers of tissue paper much better, so its worth finding a pair that make this process enjoyable. Do not underestimate the thickness of tissue paper when its layered and folded back and forth 20 times!

That’s all there is to it! I have a few other, pretty typical, decorations that I’ll be using, but these were by far the most worth sharing. Plus they seem super versatile and could be used to decorate the baby’s room after the shower, if she wanted to use them that way.

I would love to hear how you use your poufs, or about other tissue paper projects! Feel free to share in the comments.

 

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