First you will need a standard sheet of tissue paper, some string or twine and scissors. An ink pad is optional.
Step 1 - I used half the sheet of tissue paper, so cut in half and put the other half aside. First off you need to fold your tissue paper in half width ways
Step 2 - fold in half again
Step 3 - Fold in half again!
Step 4 - now fold your tissue paper the other way to make a smallish rectangle
Step 5 - you now need to concertina fold your tissue paper up, each fold should be between 1-2cm
Step 6 - Tie your thread around the middle of your tissue paper. It doesn't need to be too tight as it will easily hold it's shape later on.
Step 7 - Cut the ends into points like below
Step 8 - Gently open out one side of your concertina and ease one layer back towards the middle (this can be quite tricky. Don't worry too much if is tears as this shouldn't be too noticeable.
Step 9 turn your piece over and repeat on the other side. Reapeat this until one half of your concertina is fully opened up
Step 10 - Now repeat on the other side, making your pom-pom. If you used ink you should be able to see a coloured tinge to the edges. Unfortunately for my demo I used a really light colour which didn't show up too well. I tried with a darker one and that worked far better.
I think I may make pom-poms from all my tissue paper now! I love ideas for recycling packaging. No shoe box will be safe!