If you’ve read my book CelebraTORI, then you know that one of my major décor tips for any party is to go vertical. Food and beverage tables have the horizontal lines covered, so I like to keep my guests’ eyes moving by hanging lights, flowers, or pompoms up above. Another tool I use is, well…tulle.  I’m obsessed with tulle pompoms as a great, colorful décor piece, and you can use them for practically anything, especially height. They can be hung from the ceiling at different levels to create flare, used as a backdrop for the dessert table, or even placed on sticks as a cupcake topper. Basically…they’re amaze-balls. And the best part? They’re easy to make! Check out my tuTORIal below:

DIY Tulle Balls

  1. Cut a piece of cardboard in a bagel shape. For a small tulle ball, try a diameter of twelve inches, for large, use a diameter of thirty inches, but any sizing will work and I encourage you to mix it up.  Make the inside hole big enough for your hand to fit through.  Now make another bagel exactly the same size.
  2. Cut a piece of string, twine or ribbon, and make it into a U. Sandwich it between the two bagel sides so that the U goes around the inner hole.  You’re going to use this ribbon to secure tulle.
  3. Cut one to three yards of tulle. (One for a small ball; three for a big one). Take one end and wrap it around and around and around the cardboard, through the middle hole, until the cardboard is entirely covered with a layer of tulle.
  4. Now cut the tulle all the way around the circumference of the bagel.  Don’t cut that middle ribbon.
  5. Peek into the middle of your bagel and grab the ribbon. Tie it tightly.
  6. Now pull the cardboard off your ball, fluff it up, and… gorgeous! Hang multiple from the ceiling, put them in bowls, or use them to embellish serving trays.

So now that you know how to make your own tulle pompoms, I thought I’d share a little inspiration on how to decorate with them (and paper poms too). Take a look at some of my favorite finds below… (Thank you, Pinterest!)


Cupcake Toppers


Dr. Seuss Themed Decor


Puffs of Pink


Of Course, Canary Yellow + Grey Garlands


“Showers” Themed
(I’m obsessed with the paper flower clouds, striped straws and mason jars… Too cute!)


Over-the-Table Dessert Décor.

Hopefully these easy-peasy décor ideas help you in planning your spring shower (or really any party, for that matter). And if I can leave you with one bit of party-decorating advice… Make sure to go vertical!

Are you going to give this DIY a try?


P.S. Pick up a copy of CelebraTORI for more super chic party inspiration.

Photos: Etsy, Amy’s Craft Bucket via Blogspot, Butterfly Craze, Etsy, Pear Tree Greetings, We Heart It, LilSugar

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