Cupcake Liner Pom Poms

posted on September 1, 2010 by  |  posted under Crafting, Decorating  |  45 Comments

cupcake liner pom poms

Hi there, HowDoesShe Gals! Today we have an adorable and fun tutorial by guest poster, Heidi from Made by Heidi: Sew.Craft.Create.

cupcake liner pom poms

We love her blog and have been inspired by her many unique creations. Isn’t she just as adorable as her crafts? Yes… yes she is! We are so lucky to have her teach us how to make some sweet and DURABLE pom poms. Wouldn’t we all like the decorative pom poms that we make to actually LAST for another occasion? Heidi shows us how. – Bobbi


Today I’m teaching you how to make decorative pom-poms using cupcake liners! that’s right… cupcake liners!


My inspiration for this tutorial:

cupcake liner pom poms

I was walking by a cupcake shop in St. George, Utah, when I noticed the most beautiful pom-poms hanging in the window display.

I looked closer and realized they were made of cupcake liners (ingenious!) and I thought, “I can make that!” So I went to work…

These little beauties are unbelievably easy to make and take very little time (under an hour! perfect for the mom on the go!)

(p.s. they are MUCH sturdier than tissue paper pom-poms!! believe me!)

The Supplies:

cupcake liner pom poms

Step One:

Insert finger into cupcake liner and mold it around your finger. This will leave the base of the cupcake liner rounded (visible in the second photo).

cupcake liner pom poms

cupcake liner pom poms

Step Two:

Add a tiny dot of hot glue onto the middle of the rounded base (created in step one).

cupcake liner pom poms

Step Three:

Press the cupcake liner onto the foam ball. Hold for a few seconds.

cupcake liner pom poms

Step Four:

Press the cupcake liner together and reshape it so it does not flare outward.

cupcake liner pom poms
Step Five:
Place the cupcake liners in close proximity to each-other. Should look something this this…

cupcake liner pom poms

Step Six:

Continue gluing liners on the ball until it is completely covered. Voila! Finished!

cupcake liner pom poms

Cupcake liner pom poms


White pom-pom: average-sized cupcake liners
Colored pom-pom: mini cupcake liners

It took about 100 mini liners and 40 average-sized liners to cover a 10 inch (diameter) ball. The amount of liners needed will vary depending on how you wish to space them on the ball.


Now that you’ve all been completely inspired by Heidi’s gorgeous and DURABLE pom poms, take a moment and check out a few of her other amazing and crafty ideas:
The only thing better than getting my hands on an iPad, would be getting my hands on one of these GORGEOUS iPad cases! Heidi teaches us how to make them!

Doesn’t this clever idea have you curious? Tweet, tweet!

And don’t forget to check out her tutorial to make this adorable memory game AND a case to carry it in. SMART!

Have a happy, crafty day!

cupcake liner pom pom tutorial

    1. September 1st, 2010 at 8:06 am
      Shelley@DivinePartyConcepts says:
      I love this idea!
    2. September 1st, 2010 at 8:07 am
      Amy @ Blowout Party! says:
      OMG these are poms amaaaazing! I will definitely be reblogging this!
      .-= Amy @ Blowout Party!´s last blog ..Partying in the Fast Lane! Race Car Birthday Party =-.
    3. September 1st, 2010 at 11:30 am
      Jessa (Holiday Haven) says:
      This is my kind of crafting. What great ideas, thanks for passing them along!
      .-= Jessa (Holiday Haven)´s last blog ..WISH i was on HOLIDAY-The Historic Union Hotel =-.
    4. September 1st, 2010 at 11:51 am
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. : )
    5. September 1st, 2010 at 12:29 pm
      Fun On A Dime Lady says:
      This looks like it would be a lot of fun to make for any occasion! Dollar store, here I come!
      .-= Fun On A Dime Lady´s last blog ..Free Month of Readeo =-.
    6. September 1st, 2010 at 1:18 pm
      Jodi says:
      LUV LUV LUV it! Might have to put those on my ever growing to do list!
      .-= Jodi´s last blog ..Cupcake Liner Poms =-.
    7. September 1st, 2010 at 2:42 pm
      Jeanette says:
      Oooo I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cupcake liners balls! What a creative idea! :-)
    8. September 1st, 2010 at 3:19 pm
      Chacoy says:
      Cute, easy & inexpensive-L-O-V-E IT!
      Thanks for sharing tis tute with us;)
    9. September 1st, 2010 at 3:40 pm
      Mindy says:
      Such a CUTE idea! I'm totally making these for my next party!!! Thanks Heidi!
    10. September 1st, 2010 at 3:54 pm
      em says:
      Cute! Cute! Cute!
    11. September 1st, 2010 at 7:19 pm
      Lora Joy says:
      OMG!!! soooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    12. September 2nd, 2010 at 9:12 pm
      Wendi says:
      Love them! They turned out so adorable. Love you, Heidi!
    13. September 4th, 2010 at 8:09 am
      Samah says:
      Wow! The cupcake liners look amazing. I finally learned how to make the tissue paper ones, and now it's time to move on! :)
      I guess you could get really snazzy and coordinate your cupcakes with the pompoms.
    14. September 7th, 2010 at 10:26 am
      Suzie @ cupcake monkey says:
      These are great!!!
      .-= Suzie @ cupcake monkey´s last blog ..Rainbowsto brighten your day! =-.
    15. September 7th, 2010 at 12:02 pm
      Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue says:
      The pom poms are so adorable!
      .-= Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue´s last blog ..Dawn Has Dropped in for a Visit! =-.
    16. September 7th, 2010 at 12:05 pm
      Lauralee Hensley says:
      I bet if you didn't want to use the hot glue gun you could adhere them with a thumbtack in the bottom center? That is if the thumb tack head was the same color as the liner. I could see doing this for a baby shower decoration hanging from the ceiling. What about making a package decoration with a halved small styrofoam ball and using mini cupcake liners and gluing the flat edge of the ball to the package wrapping paper. I mean instead of a bow for some really cool Christmas packages. Hmmmm, I think I'm going to try this.
      • September 7th, 2010 at 7:14 pm
        Peggy says:
        This is such a wonderful idea. They would be good for a garden wedding too.
        Could someone please tell me how to attach the fishing line to hang it?
        .-= Peggy´s last blog ..Pickled Peppers =-.
    17. September 7th, 2010 at 11:10 pm
      kimbowest says:
      oh. i love these like crazy. serious love.
    18. September 9th, 2010 at 9:09 am
      Rebekah Worth says:
      Super cute. I made over 20 tissue pom poms for my daughters 1st birthday a few weeks ago. This would have been easier and faster and it would have gone with her cupcake theme. A great idea for halloween is spray paint the ball in black and use orange or black cupcake liners to reduce the number used. A black spider would be cool to make
    19. September 9th, 2010 at 5:15 pm
      Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17 says:
      So beautiful! Like Rebekah above, I've enjoyed decorating with the big, Martha Stewart style tissue paper puffs before, but these have a new look and a feminine ruffly touch that I simply adore! Can't wait to make these for my next event!
      .-= Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17´s last blog ..DOLLAR STORE HALLOWEEN CRAFT SKELETON CREW REDUX =-.
    20. September 11th, 2010 at 8:37 pm
      Jeannie says:
      This is so perfect for what Ive been looking for! My little baby girl is having her first b-day next month and its cupcake themed :)

      Can someone PLEASE tell me how to attach the string to hang it from though? ANd what is a good way to attach it to the ceiling?
      Thank you!!
      .-= Jeannie´s last blog ..2 layer Poke cake =-.
      • September 16th, 2010 at 12:01 am
        Shelley says:
        I use clear thumbtacs, or stapler (shhh,.don't tell my husband) ;)
    21. September 12th, 2010 at 11:51 am
      Rachel says:
      Those are so fun! Thanks so much for the great tutorial, I'll be linking.
    22. September 13th, 2010 at 8:59 pm
      Lisa says:
      Um...I'm drooling over these cupcake pom poms!!
      .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Eat your stamps! =-.
    23. September 15th, 2010 at 5:52 am
      Carole Ann says:
      Thanks for sharing - this is so cute, and I can't wait to make them!
    24. September 18th, 2010 at 7:52 am
      Laurie @ My Domicile Style says:
      Great idea! My sister-in-law is pregnant with triplets, so I have been compiling ideas for the shower I am hosting. Thanks!!
    25. September 18th, 2010 at 12:19 pm
      Brigitte says:
      This is so adorable! I made a cross of this project and this one for my daughter's birthday party and wanted to share.

      I had the foam balls that have a rough surface so the glue didn't stick as easily. I reinforced some of the cupcake liners with straight pins. I used a little plastic kid's bowl from Ikea as the flower pot and the cupcake liners (mini) for the flowers.
      • September 18th, 2010 at 1:07 pm
        Alison says:
        YAY! Thank you for sharing. I am going to check them out! Thank again for sending pics. We LOVE to see what everyone else is doing!
    26. October 27th, 2010 at 11:07 pm
      Rachel says:
      Did these for my little girl's 2nd Birthday..polka dot themed, so I used polka dot cupcake SO many compliments!

      How can I post a pic??
    27. January 24th, 2011 at 6:59 am
      Beverly - Green Gracie Home says:
      ADORABLE - I will be making these instead of tissue paper ones in the future!
    28. March 22nd, 2011 at 7:53 am
      Jes - oh, buckets says:

      tahnk you!
    29. March 24th, 2011 at 11:14 am
      Jennifer says:
      I love these! Who knew there were so many things you could do with cupcake liners? Thanks for the inspiration!
    30. October 21st, 2011 at 11:47 am
      Jeanee says:
      I LOVE this idea!

      I posted on my blog today.
    31. November 26th, 2011 at 6:43 am
      Mindy says:
      So much fun! Perfect birthday decorations.
    32. November 28th, 2011 at 9:59 am
      Stacy hughes says:
      Just made these for my daughters party and they came out fantastic! And easy to do :). I used 3" and 5" balls though and had them on candlesticks and as centerpieces rather than hanging. Thanks sooo much for the tips!
    33. February 14th, 2012 at 9:39 pm
      Katelyn says:
      Love the cupcake liner balls!! How do you put the string through so they can be hung though??
    34. February 26th, 2012 at 7:10 pm
      Robin says:
      Where did you find 10 inch styrofoam balls at the best price ?
    35. June 2nd, 2012 at 9:36 am
      christine says:
      heidi site has moved to the following link
    36. November 19th, 2012 at 10:52 pm
      Lavi says:
      This also can be done on Chinese lanterns with coffee filters or cupcake liners. I have 2 Chinese lanterns done with coffee filters for our girls rooms:)
    37. January 1st, 2013 at 8:57 am
      Angela says:
      The pom poms are soooo cute and I can't wait to make one, maybe two!
    38. April 27th, 2013 at 8:27 am
      Tiffany says:
      Hi! I am currently making these for my daughter's party. I heard to hang these with fishing line, but I cannot figure out how to securely attach the line to the cupcake pom in order to hang it. Help?
      • April 28th, 2013 at 6:45 pm
        Bobbi says:
        That's a great question. I have heard of putting some hotglue on one of those tiny hooks that have a screw for the bottom, and screwing it into the styrofoam ball, then tying the line to the hook. Let me know if you find a way that works for you!
    39. September 17th, 2013 at 9:59 am
      Wendy says:
      I Love this idea and Thank you so much for the step by step make
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