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.
Stack 8 sheets of tissue paper together. (You can use the same color or mix it up.)
Fold the tissue paper back and forth in 1-inch sections like an accordion. Press each fold firmly.
Wrap the pipe cleaner around the center of the folded tissue-paper stack, then twist the pipe cleaner to secure it.
Trim the pipe cleaner with scissors and then wrap the end of the pipe cleaner around itself so the wire doesn’t poke out.
Cut both ends of the tissue paper stack into rounded, pointed, or frilly shapes.
Flip the tissue-paper stack on its side.
Separate each layer of paper one at a time.
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.