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Flower Pom-Poms

My sister-in-law and I have been discussing baby shower/bridal shower/decorating stuff the past few days.  I have like 5 weddings this year, and everyone she knows is popping out a baby it seems!  (Grace--I'm thinking cute wedding decor on the cheap here!)  Paper lanterns are cute, but a little pricey.  A 3-pack can be bought for about $5 at Hobby Lobby, but we were having some issues finding some cheaper alternatives for the pom-poms.

This tutorial by Martha Stewart is exactly what I did as a kid to make some flowers.  However, at 20 sheets of paper per flower, that's around $2.50 each flower.  And I even checked at my local dollar store--they were more expensive on tissue paper.  I'd like to make more of a statement than my budget would allow (i.e. there's no way I'm going to spend more than $10 on little paper flowers--especially not for just 4 of them).  Hannah suggested coffee filters (which would also be a bit more resilient than tissue paper--my childhood poms got a little beat up pretty quickly), so a little research got me a few hits.  For any of my pom-poms, tons of gluesticks and tedious individual gluing of petals onto some ball was NOT my idea of a good alternative.  Too much time for sure.   Here's what I found.

1. Peony Pom-Pom Flowers with coffee filters.

This one comes with a complete instruction set on how to dye the filters--not individually hand paint them (i.e. time consuming!) like some other tutorials. If you combine that with a clothes dryer drying technique from one of the other pins, you could do this pretty quickly.

Six coffee filters/flower plus some masking tape and drinking straws per flower--I went to the dollar tree, $1 for 160 filters, 180 straws for $1, and green florist tape for $ (90 yards).  I had thought of using food dye instead of paint.  I think I have some of this lying around.

The math...  $0.04/flower in filters + $0.01/flower (not even) in straws + $0.05/flower in tape (probably being generous) = $0.10/flower.  WAY better than the $2.50/flower of tissue paper!

2. Coffee Filter Garland.

This lady did 10 filters/pom-pom and strung them up as a garland.  Looks SUPER easy!  She gives the dryer method for crinkling the pom-poms--again easy and FAST.  You could use the dyeing method from #1 above to color them, then just staple, staple, string!   EVEN cheaper--maybe $0.50/pom-pom, even if you take into consideration having to buy some kind of awesome string--though I'm sure anything would work.  Think small gauge rope from Lowe's or Home Depot.

The math... $0.07/flower in filters + whatever your string cost you = again, around $0.10/flower.

3. Coffee Filter Flowers

This one sorta combined a few things.  However, I think the dyeing method from #1, plus the drying method from #2, plus the assembly on this one would definitely work--and you'd probably have less time-intensive construction as compared to the masking tape from the Peonies  (#1 above), since you're just using like embroidery thread to put them all together.  She also used the LARGE filters--the ones that you use for the commercial coffee makers.  Still, if you use the regular ones, you'll just get smaller poms--and let's say you use 30 of the regular filter as opposed to her 40...

The math.. $0.21/flower in filters + whatever you embroidery floss stuff cost = I'm sure < $0.50/flower.

I actually just bough 320 filters, some green florist tape, straws, and have staples, string, and floss around the house. I'll let you know how they turn out!


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