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DIY Pom-Poms to Punch up Your Next Party

DIY Pom-Poms to Punch up Your Next Party

Easy-to-make tissue paper pom-poms are the perfect accent for any summer party

Tissue pom-poms are easy to make, and they're the perfect decoration for any summer party.

Looking for a way to make your summer tablescape a little more exciting? Look no further than these easy do-it-yourself tissue paper pom-poms.

Tissue paper is inexpensive and comes in innumerable colors and patterns, so it’s easy to match them to your party theme. Try clusters of all-white pom-poms for an elegant and fun table decoration at a wedding. Hang red, white, and blue pom-poms for a firework-like Fourth of July display. Tissue paper in a range of pastels makes delicate accents for a baby shower.

You can vary the size of your pom-poms by trimming down sheets of tissue paper. Smaller pom-poms are perfect for tablescapes! Use a loop of thin wire or twine to turn them into napkin rings or accessories for straws, or try nestling battery-powered votive candles into their centers for a colorful glow. Or, make a faux flower arrangement by making “stems” out of a few pieces of wire twisted together, or by gluing tiny pom-poms to clean sticks as though they were cherry blossoms. Tuck them into bottles with thin necks or arrange them in bud vases.

With a length of string, you can thread large or small pom-poms together for a frilly garland that would look whimsical against a wall or snaked down the center of a table.

To get started, lay 6-10 sheets of standard-sized tissue paper on top of each other, making sure the edges are even. If you want smaller pom-poms, cut the sheets down to your desired size.

Make ½-inch accordion folds with the stack of tissue paper so that you have a thin, stacked rectangle. Tie twine or wire at the center of the folded paper. Cut each end of the rectangle; a rounded cut will make the pom-pom look more like a flower, while a pointed cut will make it look like a firework. Carefully separate folds, and then pull the layers apart, fluffing the pom-pom until they look full and round.


All the Recipes You Need for a Kentucky Derby Party

Win or lose, a day at the races is sure to work up an appetite. Serve a showstopping spread of Derby-inspired classics, from hot browns to mint juleps and everything in between.

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Kentucky Hot Browns

When talking about Kentucky recipes, nothing is more iconic than hot browns. Damaris Phillips puts a fun spin on the classic sandwich by deconstructing the components (bread, cheese, turkey and more) and baking them in individual servings.

Pimento Cheese

Ree adds a little heat to her classic pimento cheese by incorporating fiery adobo sauce.

Mint Julep

It&rsquos not a true Derby without mint juleps. This classic recipe requires just three ingredients &mdash mint, sugar and plenty of Kentucky bourbon.

Dill Benedictine Dip

Classic Kentucky Benedictine is the perfect partner to a mint julep. Serve the cucumber-cream cheese spread with fresh veggies or crackers for dipping.

Honey Ham Sandwich

Buttery homemade biscuits and an herby honey butter make Ree&rsquos ham sandwiches out-of-this-world delicious.

Pineapple Sweet Tea

Freeze pineapple chunks in an ice cube tray to make fun and fruity ice cubes that will wow your party guests! Trisha&rsquos secret? She uses canned pineapple, reserves the juice and stir it into classic sweet tea.

Pimento Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Stuff pimento cheese into burger patties for a fun and filling twist on the traditional dip.

Bourbon Chocolate-Walnut Pie

You can&rsquot celebrate the Kentucky Derby without bourbon. Use it as a filling in this chocolatey walnut pie for a dessert that&rsquos fit for a day at the races.

Rosetta's Green Bean and Potato Salad

Looking for a simple side dish? Boil potatoes and green beans, then toss the veggies with a quick basil dressing.

Derby Tartlets

A candied walnut crust and boozy chocolate filling will make these treats the hit of any party.

Ginger-Sweet Tea Juleps

Sip the best of both worlds with this cross between sweet tea and mint juleps.

Pulled Pork

You can&rsquot go wrong with Ree&rsquos five-star pulled pork. She roasts the pork low and slow until it&rsquos tender, sweet and deliciously juicy.

Sunny's Deviled Eggs

Who doesn&rsquot love a deviled egg? Sunny includes pickled jalapenos in her filling for a mild heat that&rsquos wonderfully tangy.

Honey Fried Chicken Bites

The combo of honey and pickle brine (sweet, sour and salty) makes for the perfect sauce to toss with chunks of fried chicken. We use thigh meat because it stays juicer and add a little buttermilk to our dredging flour it helps make it shaggy, which makes the chicken crunchier.

Baked Cheese Grits

Get golden-brown grits with the addition of Pepper Jack and sharp Cheddar.

Chipotle Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Toss canned beans with olive oil, white wine vinegar, mustard and hot sauce for a perfectly seasoned side dish.

Mint Julep Fruit Salsa

Juleps aren&rsquot just for drinking. Mint preserves and bourbon pack a flavorful punch when incorporated into a fruity salsa.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Valerie&rsquos mini sandwiches are an easy way to add a touch of elegance to any event.

Strawberry and Hazelnut Salad with Orange Blossom Dressing

Introduce fresh flavors to your spread with Molly&rsquos fruity salad. She adds toasted hazelnuts for a delicious crunch that pairs perfectly with sweet strawberries.

Deviled Ham Tea Sandwiches

As Trisha says, &ldquoDeviled ham is a Southern classic!&rdquo She uses pickled okra in place of relish for a unique pop of acid.

Sea Island Bourbon Punch

Punch up your party with Kardea&rsquos boozy beverage. She sweetens bourbon with ginger ale, maraschino cherry juice and a pinch of cinnamon.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Celebrate the Derby with traditional Southern dishes like fried green tomatoes. You can serve them as a side dish or as an appetizer with ranch dressing for dipping.

Citrus Shrimp Salad

There&rsquos a lot to love about this seafood salad &mdash it&rsquos easy to prepare, tastes delicious and makes a showstopping dish on any table.

Bourbon Balls

The sweet kick of bourbon in these confections will transport you straight to Kentucky. We dipped the pieces in a bittersweet chocolate coating and topped them off with crunchy pecan. The result is a Derby-worthy treat you can make and enjoy all year round.


26 Easy DIY St. Patrick's Day Decorations That Will Make Your Celebration Look Amazing

March 17 is just around the corner, which means that you are probably ready to start to thinking about what St. Patrick&rsquos Day decorations you&rsquod like to use to gussy-up your house this year. If you&rsquore looking for some DIY St. Patrick&rsquos Day crafts to jazz-up your space or celebration, then this list has just what you need. For seasonal touches, try the gold shamrock mason jars or the framed moss shamrock, both of which are perfect for displaying during the weeks leading up to St. Paddy&rsquos Day. If you&rsquore looking for touches to add to your party to complement your themed recipes for celebrating St. Patrick&rsquos Day, there are so many great ideas. The leprechaun hat treat cup is a great option for kids&rsquo to craft, or the St. Patrick&rsquos Day napkin wraps are ideal for setting a festive table at a dinner party with family.

Many of these decorations are printables of St. Patrick&rsquos Day quotes, so the projects will be quick and easy to pull together. You can even create some of these decor ideas with your kids, like the glittery leprechaun hat or rainbow terrariums. These easy DIY St. Patrick&rsquos Day decorations will ensure a giddy time, whether you&rsquore snacking on some St. Patrick&rsquos Day boozy desserts with friends or throwing a fun party for your kids and their class.

Gold, or mini yellow pom-poms? Either way, craft this DIY hanging mobile and lots of luck and riches will surely come your way!

To make: Cut 1-inch-wide strips of paper from colored craft paper. Use a hole-punch to make a hole in the middle of each strip of paper stack paper in the order of the rainbow. Thread a piece of twine through holes, knotting it just above and below the paper to hold paper in place. Fold a piece of black craft paper in half and cut out a pot shape, so that you have two identical pieces. Cut out two dome-shaped pieces of yellow craft paper and sandwich between the black pieces, gluing everything together. Glue mini yellow pom-poms to the yellow paper. Punch a hole at the top of the yellow dome, and thread twine through, securing with a knot. Cut out mini clovers from green craft paper and glue to the front and back of the pot outline with a white pen if desired.

This sweet four-leaf clover ornament will look equally cute hanging from a magnet on the fridge or on the front door. Make it as small or large as desired.

To make: Tear light green, dark green, and white tissue paper into small pieces. Lay pieces in between self-sealing laminating pouches seal. Cut out a four-leaf clover shape. Punch a small hole in the top of the clover with a small hole-punch. Thread ribbon through the hole and hang.

Cutouts of pots of gold and rainbows would also be great additions to this cute shadow box idea.


16 Crazy Baby Names You’re About to See Everywhere

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.

APPLY NOW

Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!


Cute Bike Gear You'll Actually Want to Wear

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.

APPLY NOW

Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!


Pom Pom Crafts in Fashion:

32. Pom Pom Tote Bag | Delineate Your Dwelling

A precious way to embellish a pocketbook.

33. Easy DIY Beach Hat with Pom Pom Trim | (Us) Heathered Nest

Adding pom pom trim is about the easiest way ever to bring pom poms into the mix.

34. DIY Pom Pom Tassel Circle Pool Bag | Sugar and Cloth

Honestly, adding tassels and poms to almost ANY bag would be a plus, in my book! Check out this easy breezy idea via Sugar and Cloth.

35. Pom Pom Sweater | A Beautiful Mess

Stop the presses. This jumper seriously makes me want to jump for joy.

36. Pom Pom Scarf | Style-Diaries

37. Pom Pom Necklace/Headband | Sisters Suitcase Blog

This sweet DIY pom pom craft does double duty as a headband AND a necklace ❤️.


10 Super Cool Star Wars Desserts for the Geek in All of Us

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.

APPLY NOW

Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!


This month, Marisa is here with a funMexican Pom Pom Charm How-to

Hello there, new friends! Marisa Morrison reporting in here from The Neon Tea Party - a colorful, globally-inspired craft blog & events business based in New York City. I’m so excited to kick off our DIY series with Artelexia, showing you fun and festive Mexican-flavored craft projects you can make at home, starting with today’s project: Mexican Pom Pom Charms.

If you’ve been to Mexico in the past couple years, you know that pompones are all the rage in the mercados. You can find them in many forms - from long, colorful garlands to fluffy bag charms and more. There’s one style of charm in particular that has caught my eye for its bold use of color and overall wow-factor, and today I’m showing you how to make it yourself!

The components of this particular charm are:

  • Five large, fluffy pom poms stacked in a variety of colors
  • One smaller pom pom and one fluffy tassel punctuating the bottom
  • A braided loop at the top for attaching to anything you like

  • Mexican acrylic yarn in a variety of colors* (eight total if you want all different colors)
  • Loome pom pom & tassel tool* or cardboard
  • 1.75” circle* and 2.5” circle cut out of cardboard or a cereal box
  • Embroidery floss*
  • Plastic tapestry needle*
  • Scissors
  • Bowl or placemat for catching trimmings
*Supplies marked with a * are included in The Neon Tea Party’s Pom Pom & Tassel DIY Kit!

STEP ONE: Pom Poms

For this project, you’ll want to make five large pom poms and one smaller pom pom. For the large pom pom, cut a 2.5” inch circle from a piece of cardboard or cereal box. For the smaller pom pom, cut a 1.75” circle.

You can find all the steps for making perfect pom poms here in The Neon Tea Party’s free video lesson, How to Make Pom Poms!

For the five large pom poms: Wrap yarn 200 total revolutions on the wide side of your Loome tool or a 2.25” piece of cardboard, then use the 2.5” cardboard circle as your trim guide.

For the smaller pom pom: Wrap yarn 160 total revolutions on the narrow side of your Loome tool or a 1.75” piece of cardboard, then use the 1.75” cardboard circle as your trim guide.

STEP TWO: Tassel

For the tassel, use the wide side of your Loome tool or you can use a 2.25” piece of cardboard. Begin by placing the tail of your yarn in any notch of your Loome (or trim a small notch on the side of your cardboard), then wrap the yarn 80 total revolutions. Place the yarn back into the same notch and cut it.

Next, take a fresh piece of yarn and push it through the central space of your wrapped yarn. If you’re using cardboard, you can thread the yarn onto your tapestry needle and bring it underneath the wraps on one side of the cardboard.

Wiggle the strand of yarn to the top of your wrapped yarn away from the cut tails, which will become the bottom of your tassel. Tie a single loose knot at the head of your tassel (like the first step of tying your shoes), pull it to the surface of the yarn, then gently remove the yarn from your Loome or cardboard.

Tighten the knot then secure it with another single knot. Next, cut open all the loops at the bottom of your tassel. To hide the top string, open up your tassel and rotate the knot 180 degrees so that it is now on the underside of your tassel.

Close your tassel and give the bottom a trim to even it out. You should now have six pom poms and one tassel!

STEP THREE: Braided Cord

Cut six strands of yarn about 40 inches long. (Note: Omegacryl yarn comes with three strands together, so each “strand” of yarn will really be three little strands treated as one.)

Pin or tape your yarn down and divide your yarn into three sections with two strands each. Braid the yarn until you get to the end, then leave the braid unknotted. If you knotted the beginning of the braid, undo or trim off the knot. Thread your braid onto your tapestry needle to prepare to string on your pom poms and tassel.

STEP FOUR: Assembly

Start by stringing the tassel onto the braid, going under the small loop on the head of the tassel. Match up the two ends of the braids and push the tassel to the center. Next, thread the other end of the braid onto the tapestry needle as well. You’ll now add your pom poms starting with the small one on the bottom followed by your five large pom poms.

To add each pom pom, locate the interior string inside your pom pom and identify where it forms a straight line. Line up the tapestry needle so that it’s perpendicular to the interior string and in the center of your pom pom (not under the string). Push the pom pom onto the needle then onto the braided cord - it should go on easily (though you may have to push a bit hard since the cord is thick).

Another way to think of stringing on your pom pom: consider that the interior string is like the interior perimeter of a bead’s hole. If you can envision that and identify the interior string, you can hopefully imagine how the bead goes on.

Once all your pom poms are added, knot each end of the braid, then knot the braid together to create a large loop for your pom pom charm. You can now hang your pom pom charm anywhere you please, such as on a doorknob or looped around the handle of a straw bag!

You’ll have everyone fooled thinking you purchased your pom pom charm and totally impress them when you tell them you made it! These charms make such fun gifts, are perfect for kids backpacks for back-to-school and add instant cheer to your home.

If you have any questions about the DIY, be sure to drop your comments below or message me directly at @theneonteaparty. And if you make this project, be sure to share and tag @artelexia and @theneonteaparty so we can see what you’re crafting!

Find more pom pom DIYs here on TheNeonTeaParty.com. Thanks for poming out with us!

The Neon Tea Party is on a mission to prove that everybody (yes, you too!) can craft and encourage you to get in touch with your creative side. TNTP provides fun DIY ideas, kits, and classes to help you make on-trend, globally-inspired products that will add joy to your home and wardrobe. Marisa Morrison is the color-loving, globe-trotting, llama-collecting, DIY-obsessed founder of The Neon Tea Party. When she's not making pom poms or emailing with craft party clients from her mud cloth covered desk, you can find Marisa scrolling Pinterest for fresh project inspiration, cooking dinner for her family and friends, or scheming her next exotic vacation.


Party Hats

Party favors aren’t really that expensive but when you make them yourself, they are virtually free. You can make adorable party hats using plastic cups, a little twine and some silver tinsel garland. Just add the twine to hold the cup on your head and decorate with silver tinsel using your hot glue gun. These take very little time to make and your party guests will love them. Tutorial/Idea – The36thavenue


Paper Lanterns

Summer Lanterns

These pressed flower lanterns are the perfect addition to a warm summer’s eve. They are easy and cost almost nothing to make, plus you can use them to preserve your favorite summer flowers even after the blooms have passed. A warm, gentle glow makes these perfect for a backyard party, or a quiet evening alone under the stars.