With our school work mostly finished for the year (our girls are homeschooled) we have a lot more time to fill. To stave off the “I’m bored” chorus I have planned a few Christmas craft activities. The first was making this years advent calendar which has been named “Christmas Street” find the printables for Christmas Street HERE.
Once that was done we popped a treat inside each one with a Christmas related activity to do each day. Given that I am no Martha Stewart and have very little patience for craft, there will be a lot of “watch Christmas movie” or “read Christmas book”. Today though we decided to try tissue paper pom poms. I have wanted to try these for ages and this was the perfect time. I am hoping to have the house fully decorated by Friday as it’s our twins birthday party and they have decided they want an Xmas themed party (they have made it so easy on me this year!).
The list of things you need is simply tissue paper and floral wire. You can probably use something other than floral wire, but I read some of the other things tore the tissue paper. We grabbed ours from Spotlight for a few dollars.
Martha Stewart’s instructions suggest 8 sheets of tissue paper. This was the perfect amount when we cut our tissue paper sheets in half to make smaller pom poms. When Miss 12 & 11 made a larger one they used 12 full sheets and that was just right. One of our twins made a smaller one and 8 sheets was too much (6 would have been better for 1/4 size pom poms). If anything doesn’t make sense just leave a comment and I will try to explain better.
Our step one was cutting our tissue paper in half. Then stacking 8 half sheets on top of one another. If using full sheets stack 12 on top (and obviously don’t cut them), if using 1/4 sheets stack 6 on top.
Step 3 – wrap the middle of your stack with floral wire to hold it together and round the edges. I forgot to take a photo of us doing that stage…so see above for Martha’s photos.
Step 4 – Fluff your Pom Pom. I really recommend watching the video before you start. It helped us a lot.
Ta-da – finished Pom Pom. This is one of mine. I preferred solid colours…I was the only one. The kids and hubby decided to make red & white ones. We then hung some above our dining table and the others in our lounge room.
And so concludes my first Christmas craft. What do you think? I love them. Do you guys have any other Christmas craft suggestions?