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Pom-Pom Car Decoration

Martha Stewart Weddings, March/April Spring 2004

Guests will cheer you on when you zip away after the ceremony in a car covered with pom-pom garlands. These decorations are easy to make with tissue paper and twine, and they stay on the car with suction cups, which won't damage the auto's exterior.

Garland How-To
To create the pom-poms, use a pom-pom-making tool or craft them yourself. For one pom-pom, you'll need four 6-by-9-1/2-inch pieces of tissue paper. (If you'd like a multihued pom-pom, use patterned paper or sheets in different colors.) Stack paper; fold accordion-style, making 3/4-inch folds. Snip ends into points; tie middle with twine. To make a garland, tie the flat pom-poms together with colorful twine. Tie on suction cups where needed and affix cups to car. When you're ready to decorate the car, fluff out each pom-pom.

Comments (16)

  • pompomowner 27 Nov, 2011

    The car in the photo is a 1956 Jaguar Mark 1. It was the first sports sedan Jaguar offered and was first revealed at the 1955 auto show in England. It is an extremely rare model. To learn more google "Jaguar Mark 1". The car had remarkable abilities for its time.

  • soon2bmrsfaruzzi 11 Jun, 2011

    Ok, I think I finally got the hang of it. When you tie the tissue around the middle it needs to be tied on the side of the tissue, on the edge where you made the folds, and tightly. It actually looks better when you stack more than four pieces together, I used 6, and make sure you cut the points so that they go really far down the edges. Very pretty!

  • soon2bmrsfaruzzi 11 Jun, 2011

    These instructions are awful... what do you do once you get the tissue tied? How do the the two halves of the flower stay together?

  • RobinDeanna 19 Apr, 2011

    Does anyone know if you snip the edges or the tops of each fold?

  • faithwalk 19 Oct, 2010

    What is the year, make, and model of the car in the photo?

  • AuntieBetty 19 Oct, 2010

    I remember making what seemed like hundreds of these for our high school Homecoming floats. Ahh ... the good ol' days!

  • ehhpg 19 Oct, 2010

    From a venue manager who has seen many wedding departures: I wouldn't recommend for the car unless it's going very slowly around a corner to be removed immediately. Tissue paper will blow off the car and LITTER, suction cups and pom poms are good for the car photo op only.

  • cpooch 22 Apr, 2010

    it says with suction cups

  • cpooch 22 Apr, 2010

    it says with suction cups

  • AprilFeliz 28 Feb, 2010

    I helped my friend make these for her wedding and I decided to use these for my ceremony. We're going to make them a little bit bigger and on the inside toward the isle, on every row these will line it. I'm very excited about these beautiful little blooms!

  • AprilFeliz 28 Feb, 2010

    I helped my friend make these for her wedding and I decided to use these for my ceremony. We're going to make them a little bit bigger and on the inside toward the isle, on every row these will line it. I'm very excited about these beautiful little blooms!

  • AprilBrianna 10 Jan, 2010

    How do you attach them to the car?

  • cmddesigns 10 Jan, 2010

    I wish your instructions were more detailed. Numbered followed by a photo for each number.

  • Lineth7641 25 Jul, 2009

    These flowers are a tradition for Weddings in Mexico. I remember as a young child making these flowers for weddings. They are very easy to make.

  • nuttmeg39 26 Sep, 2008

    Sweet... can't find enough uses for these things. My wedding is going to be drenched in pom poms.

  • nuttmeg39 26 Sep, 2008

    Sweet... can't find enough uses for these things. My wedding is going to be drenched in pom poms.