Let Them Eat Cake: A Pom-Pom DIY

Fabric designer Jennifer Paganelli makes a party pouf

diy party pouf!

The day Jennifer Paganelli’s new book, Happy Home, arrived at our desk, the weather was cold and drizzling — a downer combo if we’ve ever seen one. But once we started paging through her collection of DIY projects, it was all sunshine and smiley faces.

So we asked Paganelli to share her Pom-Pom Pouf project. It’s the perfect decoration for birthday celebrations — or your average dreary Monday.

One eight-inch-diameter paper lantern
100-125 plastic pom-poms such as Just Fluff
10-12 yards Hug Snug seam binding (½ inch wide)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

1. Wrap the excess twist-tie ends around the centers of the flat pom-poms to get the ties out of the way. (Do not remove the twist ties; they hold the pom-poms together.) Gently rub the layers of the pom-poms to separate and fluff. This is a great step to do with kids or while you are watching a movie.

2. Carefully expand the paper lantern with the wire expander, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. Starting at the top opening of the lantern, use the glue gun to glue the pom-poms in place.
Hold each pom-pom for a few seconds to make sure the glue sets, but be careful not to press too hard, as the paper lantern is delicate. The key is to place the pom-poms very close together and work your way around the entire top opening. Continue to glue the pom-poms around the lantern, working from top to bottom, until the entire lantern is completely covered. At the bottom opening of the lantern, you can use glue or a twist tie to attach one pom-pom to the center of the wire expander.

4. Cut a length of the seam binding for hanging the party pouf. Figure out where you want to hang it and measure the distance between the ceiling and the top of your pouf. Multiply that number by two. For example, if you want the pouf to hang eighteen inches from the ceiling, you want to cut a 36-inch-long piece of seam binding. Fold the seam binding in half, slip the folded end through the top of the wire expander, then loop the loose ends of the seam binding through the folded end and pull tight. Knot the loose ends together. Glue one more pom-pom to the top of the wire expander, to close the top opening.

5. Let the glue dry completely.

Note: The party poufs pictured have a diameter of about twelve inches; she used an eight-inch paper lantern as the base.

Happy Home is available at amazon.com, $18.

Photo: Courtesy of Chronicle Books