I have a soft spot in my heart for colorful paper and hanging decorations, which means of my favorite things in the world is garlands. For months I’ve been trying to come up with an excuse for a party just so I can make tons of them. This project is a simple twist on a pom pom garland by stringing them vertically with paper leaves so they become vines. You can hang them in trees or tie them to a strand across a ceiling to fill up a room.  Customize your own by using different colored tissue paper, cutting different leaves and flower types, or even cutting paper birds and tying them into the strands. Click “more” below to see the rest of the project…

-Anna of Rifle Design




1. cutting mat, 2. twine, 3. craft paper, 4. assorted tissue paper, 5. scissors, 6. floral wire



To create the tissue paper pom poms:
Accordion fold 7 sheets of tissue paper together with 7 folds, each about 1 inch wide. Find the center of the stack and wrap floral wire around the center to create a divide. Fan out each side of the tissue paper and carefully pull out each layer of paper until you have a ball.



To create the leaves:
Cut craft paper into a silhouette of a figure 8 and make a fold in the center where the leaves meet. Using a craft knife or scissors make a small “x” incision into the center of the crease to create a hole to pull the twine through. Next, fold a crease through both leaves to give your shape some character.



Attach the pom pom to the strand by using the extra wire from the center. Slide the twine through the center hole and tie a small knot underneath the leaves when you have it in place so that the paper won’t slide around on the strand.


Use as many pom poms, leaves, colors, and styles as you like to create the look you’re going for!

Time: about 20 min. per vine

Project created by Anna Bond of Rifle Design


Comments (54)

Lisa | Reply

love this project! so fun and not just for weddings ;)

Loddelina | Reply

thank you for the tutorial!

Ashley | Reply

Lovely! I’d like to make them for everyday life, not just my wedding!

Angie | Reply

What a great DIY project. These are so pretty.

kaytee | Reply

what a fantastic idea!!

bornay | Reply

I loooove it!! I’m going to try to do this fantastic paper flowers…thanks!:)))

TH | Reply

So pretty! Thank you!

maria @ {ritzy bee} | Reply

So fun! You ladies are so amazing!

Eliza | Reply

A-dorable! I especially love the leaves.

Mo | Reply

So pretty! I want to make some now!

Erica | Reply

I love it! :)

kristi | Reply

so clever and so lovely!

ashleigh | Reply

I just made a ton of these pom pom’s for my wedding this weekend! Wish I would have seen this idea earlier, love the vine idea! Thanks for all the great DYI projects.

peachey | Reply

uncomplicated beauty. love these!

emily @ the daily smudge | Reply

another gorgeous paper treat… thankyou ever so… hope you don’t mind I posted it on my blog too. ;-)

Theresa | Reply

Totally cute! I’m happy to see you’re back and putting up some super cute stuff! :)

charise | Reply

oh man! i have always liked the idea of the tissue poms but didn’t think they’d really work for my rustic wedding. seeing the leafy vine version almost makes me decide to make them for our wedding … which is in 3 weeks. hmm, can i handle another DIY project?

Wedding Chicks | Reply

sooo fun and pretty! great idea!!

Kate | Reply

I was wondering if anyone could direct me to a place that sells different coloured tissue online? Impossible to find where I live! Thanks in advance.

jesse | Reply

wow. love this.

gigi aka the kid | Reply

glorious. i think i will make a bunch and just turn my apartment into a giant pom-pom ballpit. and then neatly tidy them away into the closet when the mister comes home. but the second he leaves, whooowheee. roll out the pom-poms!!!

Nancy Ward | Reply


Today Iposted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

I’d appreciate your letting me know if that was OK.


Nancy Ward

Fabio | Reply

I like very nive and I love using it in the outside mixing real and fake nature :)

jan | Reply

I saw these on Martha Stewarts website

katrina | Reply

how about a variation of this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/gallery/2008/sep/16/venice.architecture.biennale?picture=337623742

add a touch of this post on each side with purple flowers, and a a pinch of fairy dust for the perfect tinkerbell party for a 3 yr old!

vera lucia | Reply

adorei!! Visite-me!

Ione | Reply

Muito lindo!!!

Obrigada pelo tutorial.

Ione – Brasil

Patti Wallington | Reply

What a wonderful idea for an outdoor wedding. You can do so much with this little idea. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Jakub Krechowicz | Reply

Nice tutorial, thanks!

Holly | Reply

Nice! I just made tissue paper poms for my best friend’s wedding center pieces, they were great!

www.internationalwed.com | Reply

very nice and original ;-)

Sherry Francis | Reply

What a wonderful,creative idea for a Wedding!

Sherry Francis | Reply

Wonderful idea for a wedding!

Sage & Style | Reply

This is such a fantastic idea! I’m going to steal it for a summer baby shower I’m throwing …. LOVE your blog btw. So many fab ideas for non-brides too!

Sara | Reply

looks so simple to make it..adorable indeed

Lindsay | Reply

I bought these from an Etsy store to save a little time… http://www.etsy.com/shop/pomtastic

They turned out great! I really wanted to make them myself but I procrastinated (of course)! I love poms, they are so cute!

lindsey, honeysuckle & heart | Reply

thanks for the simple tutorial! i’m not particularly crafty, but they were so easy to make and turned out beautifully!

Debbie | Reply

Best idea ever! I tried them myself and they look absolutely beautiful! :)

Leagh@bunchesdirect | Reply

I am joining the army of excited commentators! Very nice and easy DIY idea! I am thinking about vines with fresh flowers also.Thank you for inspiration!

melissa savoie | Reply

This is such a cute idea I made the flower ball and put it in a cylender vase with a battery tea light with vase filler over it to give it a glow effect it looks really classy thanks for the idea to get the ball rolling for this one

Cynthia Greenberg | Reply

This is so great to StumbleUpon your site! Your photo of the hanging poms was the inspiration that led us to use poms at the New York Junior League Bags and Bubbles event! A designer we worked with brought in your photos and we were sold on the idea! Here is the write up we did on the event. http://redcarpetrollout.com/2011/07/26/charitable-events/event-decor-paper-poms-and-floral-arrangements-for-a-silent-auction-fundraiser/

Claire Martine | Reply

What a cute way to incorporate pom poms into the decor!

Kate J. | Reply

Where did you find that dusty redish pink color tissue paper? I can’t find it anywhere! Thanks