Considering how lovely these look in pictures and the cost of flowers for the church, I figured if I could make some pomanders, that would dress up the space AND be cost-effective. But I also figured if I couldn't master the pom, the ceremony space is lovely enough on its own without decoration.
I started out by making a run to my local craft store for supplies. After my experience there lately, I've realized one of the reasons I will never be a serious crafter is because the checkout lines are always crazy! Doesn't matter if there is one person in line ahead of me, or six - it always takes FOREVER. Anyway, my supplies:
Tissue paper, scissors, cloth-covered floral tape, and my trusty Martha Stewart directions.
I followed the directions, and ended up with a mess. I'm not even sure how to really comment on this ugly thing:
On the table...
And hanging on a door to see if it looks any better. NOPE!
I then started watching YouTube videos to see what I was doing wrong...and couldn't really figure it out. Rather than not having much patience for fluffing out the layers of tissue paper (and folding 8 pieces of tissue paper, accordion-style, was way tougher than I'd think!! Tissue paper is difficult to work with!!)
I then decided to cut the tissue paper in half, to see if a smaller pom would work better. At any rate, the gigantic mess o'pom I'd already made was way bigger than I would want to use any way.
And voila...the smaller pom!
While the smaller pom definitely looked better, it was now looking an awful lot like a shower pouf instead of a tissue flower ball!!
See what I'm talking about?
I figured I'd take one more shot, with the purple tissue paper - to see if maybe it looked better in color, versus just in white.
I also cut the ends as triangles, rather than rounding them, to see if I'd like it better.
Um...still not really working out!!
However, I did made a rockin' bow tie!
Yeah, so I think tissue poms are officially going down as a DIY FAIL. Have you made tissue poms before? Any suggestions for a non-crafty type?