We recently created this fabric pom pom as a tree topper for an inspiration shoot over at Design*Sponge, but it’s a great DIY project for a wedding as well. They have so many creative uses… hung above tables, chair aisle decor, or an alternative to the expensive flower poms that flower girls use to walk down the aisle.

-Ashley of Dolci Odille

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Supplies: Fabric, scissors, hot glue gun, and chinese lanterns.

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Step 1: Cut circles out of fabric.

Step 2: Fold the circle in half and put a little hot glue on the center, then fold over to secure.

Step 3: Apply more hot glue to the bottom of the folded circle.

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Step 4: Press the bottom of the folded circle with the hot glue onto the chinese lantern.

Step 5: Repeat these steps until the whole lantern is covered. Once finished, attached some fabric to the metal frame of the lantern to hang.

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Project created by Dolci Odille

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Comments (96)

Sharon | Reply

I love the idea of using fabric for these poms. Would the hot glue also work with a spongy foam or Styrofoam ball form?

Marija | Reply

Wow, this is gorgeous!

We had tissue spheres for our wedding, as well as flower balls, but these seem especially wonderful.

Jocelyn Stott | Reply

AWESOME Idea – and so easy!!! I am making some of these, but in a tissue paper style, for my wedding. Love them!

Swanky Chicks | Reply

Wow love this idea! There have been so many tissue paper pom pom projects out there this is a beautiful change! We will share it with our readers next week for DIY Wednesday!

megan | Reply

These are so lovely and such a great alternative to the tissue ones!

Heather | Reply

How I wish I had this tutorial for my wedding. These are great!

Erin | Reply

I’m dying over these. I must make them.

Kathleen at Twig and Thistle | Reply

So, SO in love with this! Thank you for sharing, I can not wait to make one this weekend. Your tree and now this have inspired me to no end! Just beautiful. xox

Cryst | Reply

This reminds me of the fabric garland. VERY cute and so easy. Thank you! Keep the DIY ideas comin’!

the WV girls | Reply

oooh!! fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Meg | Reply

I love it!! So cute.

Chelsea | Reply

What kind of fabric did you use? A linen?

Megan | Reply

Amazing idea!!

Chaucee | Reply

This is Totally something I’d love to try once I’m home!

Mel | Reply

You could probably do them with Styrofoam balls and pins. It’d be cheaper.

Rachel | Reply

LOVE IT! I bet it could also be done with styrofoam balls and some pins to save time instead of waiting for the glue to dry on each one.

Melissa | Reply

Oh my goodness! What an ADORABLE idea! I love it! :)

Pam - Wedding Ideas | Reply

Those are really nice. They seem to be pretty easy to make. Great Idea!

Coley | Reply

Making these as I type :) I’m in love and they fit perfectly with my vintage theme

Tara | Reply

These are so cool! Do you think it’d work to do this on a paper lantern? I have one in my room that needs some sprucing up and this would look awesome with my bedding!

rose | Reply

gorgeous + simple. thanks for the inspiration. off to check out the d*s tree!

Lovely Bride | Reply

And what a great palette….that mustard color makes it look so chic!

Sky Blue Events | Reply

Great idea – especially as a tree topper or for a flower girl walking down the aisle! I just made tissue poms for a recent holiday party and think this version using fabric could be gorgeous, too. Love!

Baylee | Reply

Beautiful! I recently did a very similar project with white glitter felt, styrofoam balls and I used beading pins instead of hot glue. They’re all hanging on the christmas tree, my kids call them snowballs! so fun! I love your twist on it- beautiful!

Crystal | Reply

so do they light up like normal? Does the fabric filter the color/light at all

Jessica | Reply

how simple and lovely!

Vania -SimplyBloom Photography, LLC | Reply

OMG THIS IS S GENIUS I WILL GO OUT AND BUY SUPPLIES FOR IT TOMORROW! LOVE THIS BLOG WITH A PASSION. EMILY AND ASHLEY YOU GUYS ARE SO GREAT.

Nicole | Reply

Amazing idea! I absolutely love it!

jen {miss pickles press} | Reply

ashley, your creativity knows no bounds. love it!

Vania -SimplyBloom Photography, LLC | Reply

i can’t get over how stunning these are! i just bought all the supplies and will have my try at it soon! :D

Aja | Reply

What type of fabric did you use? I would like to make these for sure!

Kristy R. | Reply

Perfect tutorial! I am envisioning subtly patterned fabric as an interesting option – lovely!

Annie | Reply

these are so cute!

Angela Williams | Reply

can you tell me how big the fabric circles are and how big the lantern is?
thanks so much. this is adorable and I am tempted to make it after the holidays!

liz | Reply

WOW….these are amazing…i love them to bits!!These are going up in my roo after christmas. Merry Christmas Everyone!!

V and Co. | Reply

oh my gosh i have those little balls and i’m soooooooooo doing it!!! gorgeous!!!!

Sophie | Reply

It’s so beautiful…
Thanks for sharing this..

Melody | Reply

I love how they look I would love to have one in my new room!

Julie | Reply

did you use nylon chinese lanterns or paper chinese lanterns to make these?

Alexis | Reply

I used styrofoam balls instead of the lanterns. I glued down the fabric and also used a small pin to keep each in place in case the wind should mess up the fabric. Love these!

Matilda | Reply

Really sweet. I love what one of the earlier posters said about the lampshade over her bed.. I had the exact same thought. Also, with the minis I would pop a little LED in perhaps.

Elie's Papel | Reply

Adorable beyond words… will make them for my next party as table decorations!!!

dave's girl | Reply

I’m debating between tissue paper and fabric… for those that used tissue paper, how did you keep the paper from flattening out in storage before the wedding and in transportation to the site? Did anyone glue fabric to styrofoam? Did it work? Last question – for those that pinned paper to styrofoam – what kind of pins did you use? If I go that route, I don’t want them to show.

Thanks!!

Karen Sweet | Reply

I tried these using styrofoam balls and they worked out just fine. I used plain old broadcloth of the $2.99 a yard variety. I think most fabrics would work, but I would avoid anything that frays really easily, unless you want that kind of look. I used 3″ balls and I was able to cover nearly 4 balls per yard of fabric. The circles of fabric I used were about 2.5 inches in diameter, but it doesn’t have to be an exact science – I just cut them out freehand on mass. I tied some smaller circles of fabric too, and while they turned out okay, I think the larger circles are key to getting that “crisp” look. Each ball took about 15 minutes, including cutting out the fabric.

amber kane | Reply

these are wonderful. We were just talking about doing something like this with paper form my brothers wedding this summer, but I like the idea of fabric better. I think that fabric will hold up and last longer. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

PAM BROOKS | Reply

VERY CUTE IDEA – THIS IS NOT A WEDDING IDEA BUT POPPED INTO MY MIND WHEN I SAW THEM – MAKE A TABLE CENTER PIECE USING RED FELT FOR BERRIES AND GREEN FELT FOR HOLLY LEAVES –

Foxywedding | Reply

I tried these recently…very cute, but not as easy as it looks! For me at least… (=

http://www.afoxywedding.com/2010/01/di-why-not-7-fabric-pom-pom-part-2-in.html

AyseN | Reply

It’s so beautiful and great idea. I must do it asap:)
best wishes

Nina | Reply

Thank you, these are so perfect! I love them. Can’t wait to get some lanterns and give it a shot.

Patti Wallington | Reply

These pom poms are wonderful! I’ve had many clients decorate their events with them. Great idea!

Tanya | Reply

cool! cool! cool! thanks so much for sharing. I am so making these- will post on my blog and credit back to you.

The Apron Muse | Reply

What a glorious idea! The possibilities are endless! Thank you for your wonderful site!

Lisa | Reply

can you tell me what type of fabric you used and size of circles and lanterns? These are fab and want to do for daughters wedding!! THanks

sonja | Reply

I did these using plastic ornament balls you find at michael’s. They’re cheaper than the lanterns and have a hanging thingy on the top. Love them!!

Rachel | Reply

I think these would look brilliant in strong colors and over-sized. They would make such an amazing statement in a room.

jeff | Reply

so great! i love fabric poms.

Keeks | Reply

Where did you get the lanterns from? I can only find 8″ and bigger.

Anastasia | Reply

It looks like she is using 4 inch laterns. I found them at this site for $6.50 for a set of 10. I’m using them on the aisle chairs at my wedding. Way cheaper than purchasing actual flower balls.
http://asianideas.com/4inwhpala.html

Ariziona Kayte | Reply

I actually found these at a site where I bought a dress for my bff’s wedding. They actually wern’t listed but came through an email when I signed up to recieve email, I bought them to hang outside under my patio, I thought there would be a problem because I live in LA but they had them flown over in no time at all check them out I loved the balls and my dress was spectacular I rave about them to everyone I know! BTW These are the most adorable things ever I’m just not game to try it! The name of the palace I bought mine from is call Cleopatra’s Sewing and Alterations. I got them in all the summer / bright colours they look AMAZING!

http://www.cleopatrasewings.com

crystal | Reply

i made one of these for my baby girl’s room. maybe i made mine too full or used too much fabric, but it took forever! i turned out so cute and i want to make more…even bigger, but man, it’s alot of work. i wish i could just find somewhere to buy them already made! any ideas?

JoAnne | Reply

I love these! I am going to feature this tutorial on my blog. Thank you so much for sharing!

SAM | Reply

Great pompoms. I am going to make some for our nursery.

Yana | Reply

DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT FABRIC WAS USED FOR THIS TUTORIAL?

Paula | Reply

Fantastic idea … i love it !!

Kimberly | Reply

I love this idea, Im gonna make these for my cousins baby shower and her bridal shower too. But I think Im gonna do a tissue version instead for the showers.

Christina | Reply

I was just learning the tissue ones but these look much easier and don’t rip. I like!

Rachel Marie Photography | Reply

Great idea! i’ve always seen pom pom ball decorations made out of tissue paper, but i like this idea a lot better

Lana | Reply

I am currently working on these as well. I am going to hang them from the pews. Then take them to the reception and hang them around the big outdoor tent. So simple. I’m using the Styrofoam balls and hot glue sticks for Styrofoam. It dries quick.

Amanda | Reply

How wide did you cut the fabric circles??

Natasha | Reply

This is really chic!

simi | Reply

those are beautiful! I’m going to try this soon.
~Simi

Lorena | Reply

Ohhh I wanna make these as christmas ornaments!!!

Caitie | Reply

FINALLY! I have found my pew decorations!! I can’t wait to get started!!

Liette vanniekerk | Reply

Want to try these. They look great!

Linda | Reply

About how many circles do you need to do each ball? Do you have an estimate of the fabric required? I love how they look and want to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

Evie | Reply

Many questions that other have had:

What size chinese ball?
What kind of fabric?
How many circles per ball?
What size circles?

These are super cute!

Reg | Reply

Fantastic photos and directions. Very clear. Thanks

Occasions In Print | Reply

I actually think I could do this! Thanks so much for sharing! I will be passing this along!

katalyn | Reply

these are great! I just made them for my friends baby shower. I crumple up newspaper and tape it into a ball for the centre. This way its free! Styrofoam balls/laterns can be expensive if your making a lot (I made 40 for my wedding).

jm | Reply

started making some tonight..I’m doing 6 inch ones and they are EXTREMELY time consuming and really take alot of fabric to get them to look good

My Sewing Box | Reply

Love this project, thanks for sharing it with us! End result is so gorgeous, i know so many friends who would love to make these for their wedding.

Would you be able to achieve the same effect by sewing them all together in the middle rather than glueing onto a lantern, do you think? More of a stitcher!

Have shared a link to these on our blog, hope you don’t mind!

xx

Atx | Reply

I used the styrofoam balls ( purchased at Michaels ) started project lastnight and they are beautiful. I started making circles on the first ball but moved to doing squares bc of the time it was taking to cut each circle. Instead of hot glue and pins I punched each one in w a screw driver !!! So easy and effective. The purpose for these are to hang in my nieces nursery so they shouldn’t be messed w so I hope the screw driver technique works ! They only concern I have is attaching the fabric to the styrofoam I hope it holds ?

Atx | Reply

Sorry that wasn’t clear … I hope the ribbon I attach to hold the balls up holds to the styrofoam.

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