How To Make Honeycomb Pom-Poms

How To Make Honeycomb Pom-Poms

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

I’m seeing lovely honeycomb pom-poms floating around here and there and they make me happy! They seemed quite straight forward to make so I tried making them with some tissue papers I had.
It turned out really well – easy to make and quite satisfying, so I’ve made this little tutorial for you. It’s magical when you first open them up into a ball!
You can use any thin paper you have and get creative with color combinations. Honeycomb pom-poms can be used for party decorations, photo shoot backdrops for special days, mobiles or cheerful wall decoration for kids rooms. They’re sure to lift your mood any day!

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

You need:
tissue papers, glue stick (soft new one!), scrap paper, scissors, cardboard (thickness of cereal packets), needle and thread

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

How to make Honeycomb Pom-poms

1. First, decide what size pom-pom you want to make and cut a circle from cardboard. Cut the circle in half.

Take multiple sheets of tissue paper and layer them on top of each other, now fold these in half to make double the layers, then fold in half again to create loads of layers. Now cut out a rectangular square that’s comfortably bigger than the half circle, you want to end up with around 40-50 sheets.
The number of layers you need varies depending on how dense you want to make your honeycomb but FYI, I made all of my pom-poms with 40 to 50 sheets.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

2. Take one sheet of the tissue paper and place it on a larger piece of scrap paper. Now we’ll need to divide the width of the tissue paper into a few equal sections by drawing marker lines in 2 alternating colors as in the photo. How close the lines are to each other determines the cell size of the honeycomb.
I made the first one with roughly 1 3/4 inch (about 43mm) wide spacing and another one with about 1 1/4 inch (30mm) spacing and you’ll see the difference in result later in the photos. You don’t actually have to measure accurately or follow these examples, just make sure the spacing lines are fairly even.
It also doesn’t matter if you have an odd or even number of lines, they just need to alternate like A-B-A-B- etc. and you need to clearly mark them with 2 different colors or other markings.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

3. Pick a line in one color first, grab your glue stick and run vertically across the tissue paper as if connecting the lines. I found it easiest to hold one side of the tissue paper firmly and work from the middle to the edges. Hold your glue stick at an angle if necessary so the glue line is not too thick. Do the same for the rest of the lines in the same color. You’ve finished your first layer!

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

4. Now place another sheet of tissue paper on top. Rub it well. Now choose the line in the other color and repeat the gluing procedure as before. You’ll be gluing the lines in areas that were not glued on the previous sheet.
Repeat this with the rest of the sheets of tissue paper. Take care to keep alternating your glue lines between each sheet.
I changed the tissue paper color half way through for the pom-pom in the photo. For another pom-pom I changed the tissue paper every 4 sheets so it ended up with a stripe design.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

5. When you’re through all the remaining tissue papers, congrats you have your honeycomb paper! You can now cut it into any shape you like but here we’ll use the half circle to make a pom-pom. Place your half circle on top and trace loosely around it.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

6. Cut along the lines. You’ll be cutting 40-50 sheets together so large scissors really help.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

7. Glue the cardboard half circles on both sides of your honeycomb paper.
Note: I used the full half circle at the beginning but it made the pom-pom a little heavy on one side, so later I cut out the inside of the circle to reduce the weight and that’s what it shows in this photo. Other photos show the full half circle. I also made the cardboard circle slightly smaller than the honeycomb paper so it hides well when finished.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

8. Put a threaded needle through tight in the corner of your half circle.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

9. Knot the thread but keep some slack, otherwise it won’t open. Do the same on the other corner. You can leave the thread long on one end to hang up the pom-pom later.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

10. Now after all this work this is the exciting and rewarding part! Hold the cardboard on both ends and pull apart slowly. Some parts that shouldn’t be glued might have a little glue residue and not come apart straight away, just keep pulling gently and they should all separate cleanly.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

Taa-daa! Simple pleasures : )

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

Glue the cardboard ends back to back to form a sphere. I just used looped masking tape so I can store them flat later.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

Now, I’ll show you the different pitches of the lines you drew at Step 3 and how this affects the size of the honeycomb cells and density of the pom-poms.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

These 2 pom-poms in the photo are the ones with 1 3/4″ between glue lines and are made of 40 sheets. The cells are big and wide open.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

And this pink stripe pom-pom is made from the template with 1 1/3″ between lines and made of 50 sheets. The cells are smaller and the pom-pom’s more dense looking.

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

DIY How to make honeycomb pom-poms from tissue paper

Aren’t they pretty?
Make them together with kids or make secretly to surprise them. I find making them addictive!
Oh and I have a fun idea for using them for another post later, so please pop back.

  • http://chaos-n-crafts.blogspot.com Candi

    Oh My Goodness…. these are amazing, so cute and so fun… I would have never ever thought this was DIYable! Thank you SO MUCH! I have 2 daughters with a birthday this coming week and these will be perfect to decorate with!

    • admin

      Oh great! Have a fab birthday party!! : )

  • http://gravatar.com/esprincefamily Stephanie

    What WordPress theme are you using, if you don’t mind me asking.

  • http://www.mammagiramondo.blogspot.com Mammagiramondo

    Oh Wow love love love this!! We’re gonna make it today! Thanks for sharing!:-) <3

    • admin

      Thanks! Have fun!!

  • http://mymusecomesandgoes.wordpress.com/ mymusecomesandgoes

    Thank u for this! <3

  • Lani

    ooh love these..TY

  • http://simplyhappymikela.blogspot.com/ Mikela

    This is awesome! Thanks so much for the DIY! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/madara.mikuda Madara Mikuda

    I also didn’t know these can be done so easily. Must do for my wedding! Thank you!

  • http://www.afewprettythingsgr.blogspot.com Tina from A Few Pretty Things

    You are genious!

  • http://charlotterigby.blogspot.com Charlotte

    Wow, I keep seeing these online and wanting them but I don’t know anywhere that sells them, I never would of thought I could make them! Thank you so much for the DIY, definitely making these when I get the chance!

  • Ebs

    Great tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing! This may come in handy in the near future!

  • Sherie Rodrigues

    are you not a treasure. thank you very much for sharing your talent.

  • http://Pinterest Anne Biedrycki

    When you hang these together as a mobile, is the paper so thin that they will smush each other?

  • JuhSampaio

    loe this idea thanks ;)

  • Emma Jack

    Oh my goodness! I just have to make these soon!
    Thanks for the idea :) xx

  • Raffaella

    Gorgeous! Thank you for this tutorial!

  • Tineke Uit Den Boogaard

    thanks!

  • Patty White

    Thank you!!! I was just googling these and came across your site, you make it look so simple!!

  • Sharif Azami

    Thank you soooo much i was looking for this design for a long long time to how i should make this, now i can do it thanks again

  • Beth

    you could close the pom pom with a paperclip if you wanted a non permanent solution

    • mrprintables

      Thanks for the tip! : )

  • Diavion Brame

    Thanksssss ! this site was a big help . I searched for so long to find out how to do this for my beehive project . now I can finally finish my report :)

  • Syeda Moniba Shah

    i love them and the way taught is much easier than the other ones. i wanted to asked that why should we tie them at both ends with threads? is it necessary? and is their any other way than the thread??

    I made one which looks like this one below.