As I mentioned last time Baby-baru's first birthday is coming up. I'm trying my best to prepare a little bit each day. Last week I made sugar cookies and froze them to ice later…unfortunately they were extremely delicious sugar cookies and they are no more. Honestly, I ate almost all of them. I just couldn't help myself. I found the recipe here at Sweet Sugar Belle. These were by far the best sugar cookies I've ever made so thank you very much for sharing. Her instructions are impeccable and I (obviously) loved them.
Today I worked on some more prep for the party, but this time I stuck to decorations. I figure I'll do my baking closer to the date so that I won't be as tempted to eat it all.
Baby-baru's party will be out of town so I didn't want to make a bunch of these and then have to store them and cart them around. I made one to try it out and then prepped a bunch more to be completed the day before the party.
(1) Buy some tissue paper. I bought 3 packs at the dollar store around the corner and have a whack of large and small balls ready to go.
(2) Take 8 pieces and begin folding in an accordion style (approx. 1 1/2 inch folds). I made some balls (like the completed one above) in one solid colour and others with mixed colours. I also decided to make some larger and smaller sizes. To do this I followed the same instructions, I just cut the accordion folded pack in half. Some folks are super precise about their pouff balls. I, however, am not. So my folds aren't exact and the papers aren't perfectly lined up. You're welcome to be precise if that's you, but time is short and they're tissue paper pouff balls for goodness sake.
(3) Some folks use pipe cleaners, floral wire, etc to do this part, but since I have my sewing machine I went with that. First fold your pack in half to find the centre line. Then sew down the middle of the folded paper. When I cut the thread, I left about 20 " of the top thread for hanging. Because I'm not completing the rest of the balls until just before his party I snipped the bottom thread and then twisted the top thread around the folded paper about 20 times so that it's neat and easy to store and unravel when the time comes.
(4) Cut the edges. I did a mix of rounded edge and pointy edge.
(5) The final step is to pouff the ball out by carefully separating each piece of tissue paper and fluffing it up. I didn't take pictures when I made my practice ball, but I think you get the idea. I'm not pouffing any of the other balls until party time. Until then I've got a nice stack that I can throw into his party box and check off my list of things to do.
And voila! A large tissue paper pouffe ball. I'll be sure to take pictures of the party so you can see all of them pouffed out.
And just so that you know. I made all of these, photographed them and wrote this quick blog all while Baby-baru had an hour nap = I'm giving myself a high five right now.
If you make one, be sure to send me a picture or post one on the Kokobaru Facebook page
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