I've been working on some finishing touches in the guestroom lately in preparation for the big reveal. Some of them are easier than others, like the one I did yesterday. This tissue paper ball craft made its first appearance on my blog back in August when I shared the decorations I put together for a friends wedding shower.
I originally found the idea for our guestroom and thought it would add a fun little pop of colour to the room. Almost two years later and I finally got around to making it!
One of the reasons why I really love this small little craft is because it's so cheap and easy. I bought the tissue paper for $1 and used ribbon I already had on hand. Awesome, right?
Let's get to the instructions, so you can make one for yourself. First things first, you take out 8 sheets of the tissue paper and lay them on a flat surface.
Then you start at one end and fold them accordion style, about 1 inch wide.
Once you've folded the whole thing, you put a twist tie in the middle, to hold it all together. The original instructions called for floral wire so if you prefer to use that, feel free. I was just using what I had on hand.
Then I tie a ribbon around the middle part, covering the twist tie. You want to make this ribbon long since you will be using it to hang the ball from your desired location. I usually err on the side of caution and make it longer than needed. Next step, cut the ends of the folded paper. I usually make points since I find this the easiest to do with the thickness of the paper but you are welcome to try rounding it.
This is where the fun begins. By holding one end of the paper in your left hand, use your right hand to gently pull the sheets apart from each other. Be careful not to rip it though! This part is tedious and time consuming but it's worth it and doesn't take THAT long in the grand scheme of things.
The second half is way trickier and works best if you have a second set of hands around. Fortunately for me, it was at this point that Dan arrived home so I pulled him in to help me for a couple of minutes. I have found (from trial and error) that it works best when the second person (Dan) holds the ball using the ribbon. While it hangs in the air, the first person (me) gently pulls apart the paper on the other half of the ball. Once all the paper is divided, take some time to fluff it up and even it out so it looks nice.
I'm pretty excited about how it looks in the guestroom. I'm giving you a sneak peak so that you get a bit of an idea of placement in there. Hopefully you guys will still be excited to see the finished room, despite all these sneak peeks you're getting!
I really like these tissue paper balls and find they are much classier than balloons for parties. Or you can be like me and use them as an every day decoration. Have you ever made them before? What do you think of them?