Learning how to make tissue paper pineapple poufs is pretty easy. Once you know the basics of working with tissue poms to make things other than hanging party decor, you can move on to making all kinds of other party decorations–like tissue paper flamingos and tissue paper parrots.
When whipping up party decor, I really honestly try to do things as inexpensively as I can and in large pops of color. Getting big props that fill a lot of eye space and getting them on a shoe string is usually hard, unless you’re using the party staple, the tissue pouf. They don’t have to just be dangly balls hanging from the ceiling, you can transform them for party decor to match your theme, like maybe a tissue paper pineapple pouf like in our Left Shark Pool party, or a pool party flamingo.
If you’re throwing a luau or beach party, or aiming for the very trendy pineapple parties or flamingo parties that are making their way around the internet, you’ll really want to take a look at this tissue paper pineapple tutorial to add to your decor arsenal.
These tissue pineapples are crazy easy to make with nothing but paper and a little hot glue, and I bet once you start transforming your poufs you’ll get lots of other super creative ideas!
How to Make a Tissue Paper Pineapple Pouf
Confession time: I know how to make tissue poufs by hand, but the fact is, they’re so inexpensive to buy from the store now or on Amazon(buy them here), I don’t bother making them. Bonus to buying the poufs pre-folded: it’s a big time saver! For the green paper, I recommend finding a paper that a tad thinner than cardstock. You don’t want the leaves to be quite so stiff.
DIY Tissue Paper Pineapple Materials:
- Pre-folded yellow tissue pouf (buy them here)
- 2 sheets 12×12 inch green paper
- Glue gun (I love this one)
- Glue Sticks (buy them here)
Step 1: Fluff your pom. If you have some dud purchased poms that are a bit on the thin side instead of thick and fluffy, open the pom to one side, then double them up to make a whole round pouf. You can usually just tie the two half poufs together in the center.
Step 2: Draw and cut out your pineapple leaves–you’ll need 4 per tissue paper pineapple. Free-form cut these, as you don’t want them too uniform! I made mine a little slimmer at the top than the bottom.
Step 3: Shape up your leaves. I put a slight bend in my tissue paper pineapple leaves to make them stand up straight in them.
Step 4: Hot glue! We’re going to glue together the bottoms of the leaves. Put a bead of hot glue about 2 inches long in the bottom fold of each leaf and pinch together.
To make the whole leafy crown that sticks out the top of the tissue paper pineapple, glue the edges of the four leaves together.
To crown your tissue paper pineapple, put a little hot glue on either side of the green leaves and nestle into the folds of the tissue pouf.
I’ve put these in oversized beverage glasses with a little bit of paper shred as centerpieces, and I’ve also used them all on their own to decorate a beach party. Lots of ways to use them!
Tissue poms are easy to make into pineapples, and just as easy to make into flamingos.
When I was playing around with making the DIY tissue paper flamingos, I really liked the idea of being able to hang them on the wall as flamingo party decor, so I only used the pouf opened to one side for the first one. Further experimentation was needed, so I made a DIY paper flamingo with a full round tissue pouf. To make it stand, the paper flamingo was placed on a dowel rod mounted in a base, kind of like a paper towel holder.
I loved the glittery flamingo head I made using glitter paper, but if you’re in a pinch, plain pink paper will also work. This time, you do need card stock so it will have the structure to stand up by itself.
- Fluff your pouf!
- Draw and cut out your tissue paper flamingo head and legs. I free form drew a flamingo, and traced the beak for the black accent. You can use a 1/2 inch punch for the eye, or just cut a circle. The legs are 1/4 inch slices of black glitter paper.
- Hot glue! Get out your cordless glue gun and glue the black accents on the pink glitter paper flamingo head. I've tried tons of different adhesives on glitter paper, and nothing works quite as well as hot glue.
- Once your accents are in place, nestle the bottom of the flamingo head into the folds of the pink pouf (as near to the center as you can get) and use the hot glue gun to glue it in place.
- Drill a hole in the middle of your wood disc the same size as your dowel rod. Add a drop of wood glue or white glue to the bottom of the dowel rod, then place it into the drilled hole. The dowel should fit tightly. Your piece should look like a paper towel holder at this point. After the glue has set, paint the dowel and disc black.
- Glue the pink pouf to the dried black dowel.
- Glue the flamingo legs to the inside of the pouf folds so they hang from the bottom of the tissue pom. You can bend one of the legs and glue the bend in place for a little more interesting look on your flamingo.
Be sure to use nice FULL tissue poms for any creature projects. If your tissue poms are thin, open them to one side only and then glue or tie two poms together to get a fuller appearance.