Honeycomb Pom Poms – Tutorial

Honeycomb Pom Poms by Creme Anglaise

Pom poms are everywhere. This in my humble crafty opinion is a good thing, but I need more. I’ve done the classic pom pom. I’ve done rainbow pom poms, but it’s no longer enough. I think I may have a problem.

So to feed my tissue paper addiction I decided to take it up a level – pom pom wise – and create some honeycomb pom poms for the shop’s winter decorations. Obviously like all tissue paper addicts I want to make you as obsessed as I am, so here’s a handy little tutorial so you can make some of these beauties too.

Honeycomb Pom Poms by Creme Anglaise

You will need…

  • 12 large sheets of tissue paper (if you’re doing a three colour pom pom like these, then it’s four sheets of each colour. Although obvious, I think it’s helpful to share)
  • 4 sheets of white A4 paper
  • Pritt stick
  • Scissors
  • Compass (although not essential as, unless you hoard random objects like me, you probably haven’t owned one since school so therefore you could use a plate instead or similarly circular object)
  • Pencil
  • Needle and thread

Honeycomb Pom Poms by Creme Anglaise

Take your large sheets of tissue paper (I found doing four at a time easiest) and fold them in half (left to right) then half again (top to bottom), then cut along the folds so you now have 48 rectangular sheets of tissue paper.

Honeycomb pom poms by Creme Anglaise

Next, take two sheets of A4 paper and stick them together with tape (have them both in ‘portrait’ position). Using your ruler draw five evenly spaced lines horizontally across and about an inch in from the top and the bottom of the sheet.

Number the lines so the first line is a 1, second line is a 2, third line is a 1, fourth line is a 2 and fifth line is a 1. (if you prefer you could colour code them, depends on your personal preference, or even number them and colour code them if that floats your boat).

Honeycomb Pom Poms by Creme Anglaise

Place your first sheet of tissue over your grid and, following the line, run your Pritt Stick (other brands of glue sticks are available!) along the tissue. Don’t push too hard or there’s a chance you’ll rip the paper, although make sure you do it firmly enough to leave glue behind. Do this along all the lines with the number ‘1’ next to them.

Next, take your second piece of tissue paper (same colour as the first) and do the same again although this time put glue along the lines that are marked number ‘2’. Then take your third sheet of the same colour paper, put it on top and run glue along the lines marked ‘1’. Next, you’ve guessed it, take the fourth piece of paper put it on top and run the glue along the lines marked ‘2’.

Once you’ve done this it’s time to move on to your second colour of tissue paper for four sheets, then your third colour of tissue paper then back to the first colour again. Repeat until you have no tissue paper left!

Honeycomb pom pons by Creme Anglaise

Take a piece of A4 paper and measure a line the height of the tissue paper. Measure in about a quarter of an inch either end, then using your compass draw a semi circle. Do this twice or simply trace around the first one so you have two.

Honeycomb pom pons by Creme Anglaise

Stick one of the semi circles along the left hand edge of the tissue paper and then cut around it leaving roughly a quarter of an inch space around the edge. Once cut out, stick the other semi circle on the opposite side. If you’re not super neat, you may also want to tidy up the bottom edge for any stray longer pieces of tissue paper.

Honeycomb pom poms by Creme Anglaise

Get your needle and thread and, about a quarter inch in from the corner edge of the semi circle (see pic above), push the needle and thread all the way through and tie loosely so there’s enough room of the circle to open up. Also it’s good to carefully open it up and check it has gone through the corner of every piece of tissue paper. Then do the same to the other corner of the semi circle.

Honeycomb pom poms by Creme Anglaise

Put glue on one side of your semi circle then carefully open until both pieces of white paper meet and stick them together. I did think about fixing the pom poms with paper clips so they could be used again, but the extra weight makes them hang a bit wonky. Lesson learned.

Honeycomb pom poms by Creme Anglaise

You will still have enough paper to do the same with the other end of your stuck together sheets of tissue paper to make another honeycomb pom pom the same size. If you’re careful you can even use the waste in the middle to get another smaller pom pom out of the sheet. Waste not, want not after all.

Honeycomb pom poms by Creme Anglaise

Ta da! Pretty honeycomb pom poms and nowhere near as tricky as they may look. There may be lots of places you can buy ready made pom poms, but this way you can get them the size you want and you can make them match the colour scheme of your party, wedding or shop window display and and you get to make pom poms. What more can you ask for?

Quick note: Apology for picture quality, but as with most craft, this was done late at night and with a deadline approaching so I couldn’t make it look all fancy and forgot to take as many pics as I would have liked. Consider me reprimanded. 


Ello Sunshine – Tutorial

Summer is officially here and I am melting. However, tropical temperatures couldn’t stop me crafting, especially when it came to the shop’s (Creative Biscuit just in case you didn’t know) new summer decorations considering they were about a month overdue. So, channelling the English summer and roping in Tim to help (oh how he loves it when I tell him I’ve got another job for him to do) we made the following to make the shop look summery…

Splastic spoon sun / flower decoration

First up were flower and butterfly balls (I really do need to think of a catchier name). I feel a bit of a fraud calling these tutorials as they’re pretty obvious and really rather easy, but here we go.

Butterfly and flower balls

For the flower balls you need…

  • A variety of fake flowers – I got ours from the local Hobbycraft as the cheaper ones online meant shipping them from China and I just didn’t have the time.
  • Glue dots
  • Clear plastic balls (which frankly are amazing in my humble opinion and I purchased them from here.)

For the butterfly balls you need…

  • Polystyrene balls – I reused the ones from this previous tutorial here.
  • Green Tissue paper
  • PVA glue with a couple of drops of water in it to make it thinner.
  • Butterfly stampI used this one – Martha Stewart don’t you know!
  • Coloured paper
  • Pins

Cut the tissue paper into squares. Coat part of the ball in glue and stick on one square at the time. Once you’ve covered the whole ball give it another coat of PVA all over and hang it somewhere to dry. Next, repeat the process all over again and then it should be ready for the butterflies.

Green tissue paper balls

Two coats of tissue paper a friend’s garden a bottle of beer and a spot of radio 4 helped create these

Stamp out the butterflies then place a pin through the body of each and stick it into the ball. Repeat until fully covered making sure not to put the same colours next to each other. Once covered, pull the wings up so they’re not lying flat and, et voila, you have a lovely ball of butterflies. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Paper butterfly balls and floating balls of flowers

Paper butterfly balls and floating balls of flowers. Obviously.

Now for the big one. We call it a giant sunshine, some people have said it looks like a huge flower, either way it took one truck load of spoons to make it. You could easily do it on a much smaller scale than this, so if you fancy having a go here’s how…

Plastic spoon sun

Plastic spoon sun. Pretty.

For the spoon sun you will need…

  • A box of 500 plastic spoons – Got to love Costco!
  • Two shades of acrylic spray paint – We used yellow and orange.
  • Two large circles of card – We used old corrugated card from some large boxes and actually drew around our bin lid, but you could use the two-pencils-with-a-bit-of-string-tied-between-them trick.
  • Yellow paint – We used a tester pot of emulsion because it gives better coverage than poster paint
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Yellow paper
  • Tooth picks

Draw two circles on the corrugated card the size you would like the sun / flower to be and cut them out. Paint one side of each in two coats of the yellow paint and leave the dry. Once dry glue the two sides together with either PVA glue or you could always use your glue gun, whichever you prefer.

Plastic spoons

You have no idea how long this took and how hurty it was!

Get your mountain of spoons and start snapping the heads off. I saw scissors and craft knives recommended for this task, but I didn’t find they worked and the best way to do it was with your hands. This hurt though. A lot. We ended up with plasters on our fingers to cushion the blow, but rubber gloves may have been even better.

When you have enough spoons lay them out on the card so you can work out how many you want in each colour then put down some old paper and spray those spoons. I found it was best to leave them overnight to dry although they did seem to remain slightly sticky forever.

Spoons and glue gun

The glueing begins!

Once your spoons are ready, place a spot of glue from your glue gun on the back of the spoon at the bottom, close to where the handle used to be so when you stick it down it kind of pops up a bit.

Tim sticking spoons

Action shot! Messy room!

Gradually work your way around and with each layer making sure it slightly covers the one above it. Where possible put the spoons between the joins in the row above until you get as close to the middle as you want to go.

Quilled paper

Now, you could leave the middle plain, but we decided to make our lives more difficult by trying out some quilling for the first time. For this we cut very slim strips of yellow paper (about 4mm wide but I didn’t bother trying to be too accurate). Next get a toothpick and roll the paper around it. When you get to the end, take it off the toothpick it will spring out a bit. Then get another toothpick and put a tiny dot of glue on the end and glue it to the side so you get a curled round circle. Then make some more. Then make some more. Then when you think you’ve got enough, make some more. Once you’ve finished put a layer of PVA over the centre of the circle and stick the quilled paper down very quickly and leave to dry.

Splastic spoon sun / flower decorationFinally make a hole through the card circle at the top about 1.5cm in and do the same mid way down on either side. Thread through some string and then it’s ready to hang!

If you wanted to make a more permanent version of this, you could use a thin circle of wood and put a circular mirror in the middle (which you can get in Ikea). You could also make much smaller ones and I’ve also seen versions where rather than using spoons you can use rolled up paper. The craft world really is your oyster!