Saturday, August 4, 2012


At my school we really can't hang things from the ceiling. They say its because of fire codes and because it may let off the alarms (or something like that!). But, I HAD to have pom-poms in my classroom library!! So I figured I could get away with a couple small ones :) I decided to make mine out of tulle instead of paper. I was just thinking that the paper ones would fade with the lighting in my room and collect dust, blah blah. The tulle was actually only $2 a yard at Jo-Ann Fabrics and you only need a yard for each pom-pom. I bought 2 yards of one color just because I wanted one a little bigger. 

You'll have to ignore the messy book bins they weren't done yet when I took this pic :)
I like how they came out. They are small, but they still work! I tried to take pictures as I was making these in case you were interested, but I kept getting distracted and skipped some steps! 

Hopefully this will all make sense:
1. Trace circles onto cardboard or poster board of various sizes depending on the size you want your pom-poms.
2. Cut all your circles out 
3. Place 2 circles of the same size on top of each other
4. Have your tulle cut into strips (about 3 inches wide) and start wrapping the tulle through the middle of your circle. Each time one strip runs out, just use another strip and cover the piece that you finished with (does that make sense? haha)
5. When you are finished tuck the last piece under another piece of tulle
6. Turn your circle onto its side. Take scissors and cut the tulle apart where the 2 cardboard circles meet (this is where I forgot to take pictures)
7. Your tulle is cut and you can start pulling the cardboard apart. Don't pull it all the way. Before you pull it apart, take a piece of string and tie a knot around the middle of your pom-pom. This will keep the pom-pom together. After you tie the knot then you can finish pulling off the card board.
Wa-La! Then you are finished!! :)

Before I left my classroom on Thursday, I decided to just empty out my entire desk and all of these drawers...
into one big mess...

I HAVE to start this year off organized!! Otherwise it will never get done! Anyone want to come clean?? :)

Don't forget to grab your to-do list HERE. (this is for a 5x7 frame)
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  1. If you make me pom poms, I will clean :)

    Little Lovely Leaders

  2. I love your drawers!!! I've never seen that style. I have a similar one, but the drawers are all on top of each other. PS pom poms are super cute!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  3. I am LOVING your neon color scheme in the library. ;)

    Ginger Snaps

  4. I love the pompoms! Thank you for the tutorial... Now I might try it! :)

  5. Very nice!! Love what you have done so far!!
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  6. I love the tulle pom pom idea!! Our school is much of the same in that we have to watch what we hang from the ceiling & how low it hangs due to the alarm. Thanks for the tutorial!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  7. Love your poms! They are adorable!
    Thank you for the tips!
    Crayons and Curls

  8. Your pom poms came out adorable. I'm right there with you on organizing, this is my year to purge, purge, purge. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your class.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  9. I really want to make those! They turned out really cute.

    Diving Into Learning

  10. Thank you so much for the tutorial! Like you, we aren't supposed to hang items from the ceiling, but maybe I can get away with a few too :)

  11. OH I LOVE those little tulle balls! I just hung paper lanterns up in my room but would *love* to add some more colors! Your tutorial is perfect!! Oh and I totally feel the same way about my room - I've been working on the dang closet for weeks it feels! ugh!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  12. Love the poms! Thanks for the tutorial!
    I just made the move from Kindergarten to first grade after being in K for 6 years. I love seeing your room!
    New follower!
    How Cute Is This!

  13. Your pom poms are fantastic! I wish I had the patience to make some myself! Thanks for the to do list! I am your newest follower!
    - Michele

  14. Thanks for the cute to do list. I had one extra 5x7 frame and now I have something to put in it:)
    The Common Core Classroom

  15. Thanks for the tutorial-love the tulle pom-poms! I'm a new follower.

    primary practice

  16. I have never seen the Tulle Pom Poms before. They are really cute!! Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. I would love for you to stop by my blog!!

  17. Great idea! Sometimes you just just have to go for it! Once you have sorted through all that stuff you will feel so good!

    That is one of the many things I love about this job - starting fresh each year!

    Good luck!


  18. You clean like I do...I am heading over to my room tomorrow. We shall see what kind of mess I left. If I am going to squeeze over 30 students into my room I am going to have to give up some "stuff" Wish me luck.

    I love the name tags! I hope you get to keep your pom-poms. They are so cute! Our fire marshall doesn't let us hang anything from the ceiling because it might interfere with the sprinklers (which we don't have). They made me take down my big hanging beach ball see through globe. It was really cool. I have to admit to putting it up for a few days and take it down before anyone notices.

    Terri Izatt

  19. LOVE you tulle pom poms! I just made some this week using tissue paper! I'm now your newest follower and would love for you to visit my blog sometime!!

    Lacy's Letters