Tissue Poufs for the Lazy

As the Tulip Nuptial Recap Extravaganza winds down, I’m still discovering the occasional forgotten detail. And the current case in point is actually one of my favorite decorations from our wedding reception:

As a cheapskate budget bride, I’ve always loved the decorative-bang-for-few-bucks factor of the famous Martha Stewart tissue poufs. In fact, I bought some red tissue and planned to do up poufs for our own decor. But between illness and general laziness, few things get done in my world. And in the end … well, let’s just say our red-tissue-paper needs will be met for many Christmases to come!

Luckily I also picked up a dozen of these beauties, which hung from the ceiling in our cocktail area. Assembly took approximately two seconds — just unfold the rice-paper accordion around the circle and secure it with a bit of tape or the included paper clip. I adored them for some crazy reason, whether because of the bright turquoise color or my love for vintage accordion-paper party decorations (Santa’s belly, anyone?). Available at Luna Bazaar, they come in 5 colors and are $1.50 for the 14″ model and $1.95 for an 18-incher (less if you buy a dozen or more).

What other simple paper decorations can be used to jazz up a celebration site? Anyone going with paper flags or streamers? Or the genuine Martha floral poms?


Mrs. Tulip

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    NiftyBa 132 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:08 pm

    I decorated church pews with tissue paper pom poms, and also hung them up on the wedding party stage at the reception. They weren’t so fun to make and put up, but I was lucky to have my friends help me! The decorations you chose are awesome.

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    emerald 1057 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:17 pm

    Ohh, those are cuuute!!

    I am making “Martha’s” tissue poofs for a bridal shower I am planning next month. The funny thing about the poofs is that now everyone thinks Martha Stewart invented them or something. My mom taught me how to make those when I was about 6 years old (not saying my mom invented them, just that they are along the lines of origami-type projects).

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    kristin @ the fairmount bride, Guest @ 10:57 pm

    I’m with you! I want to use the tissue poms, but I know that there is no way they will look like they when I get my not-so-crafty hands on them. But, I still love them, so I am going to give it a go!

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    brendalynn, Guest @ 12:51 am

    Ooh! I just saw these large retro poofs used as decor on a reality show last night–and I thought it was cute!

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    Becky, Guest @ 10:14 am

    I also had a few projects that just didn’t make the cut as time wound down to the wedding day. I do have 2 youngers sisters though, so I can always share my ideas with them (only when they want advice of course!).
    🙂 Becky

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    tara, Guest @ 10:58 am

    Projects are getting cut left and right as we are closely approaching the day!

    I really wanted to make those tissue poms but my FI is pretty against them…

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    Beaner, Guest @ 2:13 pm

    I just ordered those!! I got 25 orange paper daisies for $44 including S&H. I was going to make 25 paper poufs… but yeah, you convinced me to go with Luna Bazaar!! 🙂

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    tulip 662 posts, Busy bee @ 2:32 pm

    @Beaner: That’s great, hope they work out really well for you! (The orange sounds so bright and fun….)

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    Kristina B., Guest @ 7:20 pm

    I TRIED to make the Martha Stewart poufs (http://babybosh.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-quit-and-other-baby-shower-decoration.html), which was not such a wonderful experience. I’m going with a simple pennant out of scrapbooking papers, but I’m LOVING that you found a ready made and affordable alternative to the diy pouf! Thanks!!

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