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Pom-Pom Puffs
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Help keep the Earth healthy by ditching single-use plastic items. This month, plan your next party with paper pom-pom decorations instead of balloons.

 

Why? Balloons released into the air or left outside can end up in the ocean, where they might entangle animals or be mistaken for food.

YOU WILL NEED

• 8 sheets of equal-size tissue paper (Bigger tissue paper will make bigger pom-poms.)

• 1 craft pipe cleaner

• Scissors

• String (optional)

 

 

 

 

 

PLANET PROTECTOR TIP!

Instead of releasing a balloon to make a wish, blow out candles.

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Make these pom-pom puffs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP ONE

Stack 8 sheets of tissue paper together. (You can use the same color or mix it up.)

 

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Gather the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP TWO

Fold the tissue paper back and forth in 1-inch sections like an accordion. Press each fold firmly.

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Fold the paper.

 

 

 

 

 

STEP THREE

Wrap the pipe cleaner around the center of the folded tissue-paper stack, then twist the pipe cleaner to secure it.

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Twist the pipe cleaner around the stack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP FOUR

Trim the pipe cleaner with scissors and then wrap the end of the pipe cleaner around itself so the wire doesn’t poke out.

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Secure the pipe cleaner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP FIVE

Cut both ends of the tissue paper stack into rounded, pointed, or frilly shapes.

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Cut the ends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP SIX

Flip the tissue-paper stack on its side.

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Flip the stack.

 

 

 

 

 

STEP SEVEN

Separate each layer of paper one at a time.

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Separate the layers.

 

 

 

 

STEP EIGHT

Pull the layers up and toward the center. To hang your pom-pom, tie a piece of string to the center of the pipe cleaner.

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Pull the layers toward the center.

Text by Allyson Shaw, NG Staff

 

Photographs by Mark Thiessen, NG Staff

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