Are you one of those people who think that the gift presentation is almost as important as the gift itself? I definitely am. There is something alluring about seeing a beautifully packaged gift that makes it seem extra special.
Now let me state right from the start that if we were offered grades for our gift wrapping skills, I’d probably rate somewhere around the B-/C+ area. Definitely not a strong point of mine. But what I lack in making those sides look nice I make up for with the rest of the add-ons like bows, ribbons, and other fun trinkets. I’ve noticed people tend to overlook how mangled the sides of the wrapping look when there is a ribbon covering it. Just sayin’.
Enter the mini tulle pom-poms.
So earlier this year I threw a circus-themed birthday party for my son’s 6th birthday and made a ton of these super colorful tulle pom-poms that adorned places lacking in color as a way to liven things up. They are super easy to make, not expensive to make, and are reusable.
I then decided to make mini versions of these using glittery Christmas colors for my holiday gifts this year. You could also do this for a birthday, baby shower, wedding, what have you just adjusting the colors of the tulle you use. I got my glittery Christmas colored tulle at Hobby Lobby but the colors I got for my son’s party were from this Etsy shop. It definitely works easiest though to use the rolls of 6″ wide tulle. Trying to do this with a large bolt of tulle fabric sounds headache-inducing.
To make the pom-poms you simply unwind the roll of tulle a bit, cut off about 7 inches and set aside. Then take the end from the spool and bunch it somewhat in your fingers, then wrap around an object. For a large, decorative pom-pom I use a hardcover novel-sized book. For these mini pom-poms I used my phone. I find that if you try to go much smaller than your phone you will have a really hard time on the cutting step, so I advise the phone to be the smallest you go. Wrap about 5-7 times (do more like 10-15 for the larger sized pom-poms).
Slide the tulle off of your phone carefully, and then take the 7-inch piece you set aside and tie it around the center of the tulle bunch. Tie a double knot to make it secure.
Now take some scissors and cut the looped ends at each end of the bunch. This is sometimes not the easiest task when you have the small mini loops, but if you can get your scissors under all of the loops at one time and cut it makes it much easier. If you are able to, try to keep one loop intact so you can use that later to attach the pom-pom to your gift. Then pull and fluff the ends of tulle to make a ball shape.
To attach it to your package just take either a string or another small length of tulle and string through the one loop you left intact on the pom-pom and tie it around the ribbon on your package or tape it on, etc.