Friday, February 8, 2013

DIY pom pom headboard

Aside from the usual busyness of the semester, I've still had my nest (also known as my apartment) on my mind.  Whether it's because of the cold weather, my lack of free time, or because I am a self-proclaimed homebody, all I want to do these days is decorate my apartment.  One project that's been on my to-do list for a good long while is a DIY headboard.  There's just something about a headboard that screams "I make your bedroom look warm and inviting and pulled together!" 

Since I live on the third story of an old house, my bedroom has some charmingly slanted ceilings that make a large, traditionally-shaped headboard completely impossible.  I also wanted to do something somewhat temporary (since I am only renting) and cheap (since I am not only a poor student, but also somewhat of a starving artist after all.)  Enter my brilliant idea: tissue paper pom poms.  They're inexpensive, simple to make, easy to install, and the perfect project to work on while watching the Bachelor (did you really think I'd forgotten about that show?)  There are probably an infinite number of hanging arrangements to play around with, which made it an ideal headboard option for my space.  Once I had made all of my pom poms, I just arranged them how I wanted (which was apparently in the shape of a triangle) and hung them with thumbtacks, and admired my handiwork.

To see how I made my pom poms, continue after the jump...
DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms:


tissue paper in 20x25 inch sheets (I used about eight sheets per pom pom)

Step 1:  Stack your sheets of tissue paper together.  The more paper you use, the fluffier your pom poms will be.  I used about eight sheets per pom pom.  If you'd like to make smaller pom poms, you could easily adjust the size by using smaller sheets of tissue paper.  Just keep in mind that your sheets should be roughly three times longer than they are wide.

While keeping your sheets stacked as neatly as  you can, fold them accordion-style, making a fold about every 1.5 inches.

When you're finished folding, you should have something like this:

Step 2:  Round off the edges on both ends.

Step 3:  Tie a piece of string around the center of your folded pieces, tightly enough that it will stay secure.  I left some extra length, so that I could use the same piece of string to hang the pom poms when they were done.

Step 4: Once your piece has been secured in the middle, it's time to separate each piece of tissue, and fluff your pom pom into a flowery, whimsical masterpiece.  Go crazy!

I made mine using different shades of blues, yellows, and whites, to go with the colors already in my bedroom.  I tacked them up on the wall behind my bed, and laid beneath them to dream of lavender cookies (hopefully tomorrow's project!) and these shoes.  Sweet dreams!

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