, , , , ,

By: Jordan

This past Saturday, I had the honor of throwing a baby shower for mommy-to-be Reagan and Lil Perk, as we lovingly call him until that day he is given a legitimate name.  The day was super special, so we’re going to share lots of photos as soon as the editor (aka, very talented and critical Daddy) gives us approval.

In the meantime, I wanted to post a “how-to” for one of the shower’s decorative elements: Newspaper Pompoms. Theses little gems were made by Mijanne and I and are a variation of popular party decorations we’ve both made in the past. In fact, they’re so popular, Martha Stewart has a prepackaged kit containing everything you’d need. This step-by-step process, however, can be done using materials you have lying around your house.

What You’ll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Floral Wire
  • Ribbon

What To Do:

  1. Cut the full newspaper in half, vertically, so that you have the width of a single sheet.
  2. Stack 4 sheets on top of one another.
  3. Fold them accordion-style from top to bottom in 1″ sections.
  4. Secure the folded pieces in the center using floral wire. It’s a good idea to use more wire than needed so you can create a loop on the end where you will tie the ribbon for hanging.
  5. Trim the outside edges of the newspaper so that the ends are either pointed or rounded.
  6. Pull the sheets of newspaper away from one another starting with the outer-most sheet. This will create a fanned effect on each side, eventually forming into a full pompom.
  7. Tie your ribbon of choice to the floral wire and voila!