When I started making paper lanterns at home, the first few times they were not so poffy. But after a few times they became a little easy to make.I have no tip on how to make them any easier but to honest I think I like the idea of purchasing cheap paper lanterns instead of making them at home.
I tried to make them a while back. I kept ripping the paper as I was trying to poof them…the more I got frustrated, the more they ripped..it was a vicious cycle. I ended up using cheap paper lanterns.I would love some tips on making them work!!
I made them and they were def time consuming. You cannot use dollar store or cheap tissue paper for them or they will rip very easily. I also would pull two sheets from the top, then two from the bottom..Two from the top and two from the bottom, etc. I think this helped keep them round. I totally adore them and they are such an easy an inexpensive way to add color, texture and interest
i make them. at first it’s the worst idea ever. then after a few, you get the hang of it! i love doing it and proud of myself for never giving up!! it took me a few to finally figure it out. Never poof them then travel. always poof on site!!
I have found through experience that I prefer making pom pom lanterns out of stiff tulle rather than tissue, they hold up better and can be ‘repoofed’ and ‘reused’ with little to no effort. Storing them isn’t all that bad since they’re cute crinkly! The range of colors is pretty good and it is not too expensive given the fact that they can be used again!
Do you make a tulle pom the same as a paper pom. I want to make some large ones for my party store to hang from the ceiling.
Yes, the paper quality goes a long way, the cheap stuff tears so easily, it’s better to invest in crepe paper sheets, especially if you want to reuse them in the future. And Kristy’s right, the “two sheets from the top, then two from the bottom..Two from the top and two from the bottom, etc.” method works for me!
I make my tissue pom pom paper lanterns and I sell them too now! At first it was hard to make them poofy and all around spherical without any holes. I saw pictures of other people’s poms and I just couldn’t get mine to look that good. But after watching instructional videos on YouTube along with the assistance of my husband’s engineering brain, and many poms later I perfected the perfect pom. The technique that I use and works for me is to turn and open the tissue so that it folds out like a fan on each side. Start on the left side and gently separate each layer of tissue by pulling the edges up and toward the center where the green wire is wrapped. Then I repeat this step on the right side pulling edges toward the center but in a downward direction (opposite of the left side). Another tip is to use a very good and sharp scissors so that you can make clean cuts through all the layers of tissue.