DIY Fabric Poms

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.


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.


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.


Project created by Dolci Odille

96 Responses to “DIY Fabric Poms”

  1. Sharon

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

  2. Marija

    Wow, this is gorgeous!

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

  3. Swanky Chicks

    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!

  4. Rachel

    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.

  5. Tara

    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!

  6. Sky Blue Events

    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!

  7. Baylee

    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!

  8. Angela Williams

    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!

  9. liz

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

  10. Alexis

    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!

  11. Matilda

    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.

  12. dave's girl

    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.


  13. Karen Sweet

    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.

  14. amber kane

    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.



  16. Lisa

    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

  17. sonja

    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!!

  18. Rachel

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

  19. Ariziona Kayte

    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!

  20. crystal

    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?

  21. Kimberly

    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.

  22. Lana

    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.

  23. Linda

    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!

  24. Evie

    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!

  25. katalyn

    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).

  26. jm

    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

  27. My Sewing Box

    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!


  28. Atx

    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 ?

  29. Atx

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


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