I love Martha Stewart Crafts, so I was thrilled when I was offered the chance to review a couple of her paper craft products. I received one Flower Pom-Pom Kit and Circular Cutter in exchange for my honest opinion.
Blue Tissue Flower Pom-Pom Kit
I started with the Flower Pom-Pom Kit. My four-year-old granddaughter and I had fun making each pom-pom, carefully picking the colors for each one especially the frilly center. While I made each pom-pom, I was thinking about all of the different things I could do with them. Besides using them as table centerpieces, the pom-pom can also hang on the walls or from the ceiling, too. You can also put a few of them together and make a beautiful pom-pom wreath. In the end, my granddaughter won—she will decorate her room with the pom-poms. I will continue to dream.
It took me two or three times to make the first pom-pom because I couldn’t figure out how much of the paper should be unfolded while layering the different sizes and colors of the paper. Once I got the hang of it, it only took a few minutes to make each pom-pom. To make a flower pom-pom, unfold the large layer of paper and lay it flat, unfold the second layer and place on top of the first layer, unfold the frilly tissue layer and place on top of the second layer.
Using your hand, smooth the stacked layers of paper. Make sure the paper is centered. Starting at one end, accordion fold the stacked paper along the pre-fold lines. Find the center of the folded tissue paper. Wrap wire around the tissue paper bundle and twist several times. Fan out the tissue paper by flattening out the folds. Starting with the frilly paper in the center of the stack, pull a corner of the paper up and towards the center.
For the second and third layers, separate each sheet of paper and pull up and towards the center. Repeat until pom-pom is fully shaped.
My granddaughter and I had the most fun with the Circular Cutter. She wanted to make a colorful balloon display to put on her bedroom wall. I wanted to make a tiered cupcake stand out of decorative card stock. We cut the paper in three different sizes—1″, 1-1/2″ and 2″— to make the balloon bouquet.
The tool is easy to use. There are many circles sizes for you to choose from, and I experimented with several before deciding on smaller sizes for the balloon bouquet. To cut circles, attach the paper to a cutting mat with craft tape. Position cutter, select a size for the circle and move clockwise or counterclockwise around the circle using the cutter tool. It’s quick and easy, and the cutter glides around smoothly. We cut many circles in several colors in just a few minutes.
I had several ideas about how we should assemble the display and where it should go in her bedroom. After the circles were cut, she decided to make a drawing with them and used nearly a roll of tape to pin it on her wall.
We also cut out circles to make decorative prints for my daughter’s room. She’s a big black and white fan, so we used shades and patterns of both colors. For these cut outs, we made 1, 2, 3 and 4-inch circles in different patterns. Once we assemble them on card stock, we’ll add a few embellishments and frame them.
I love my craft tools! Both the Blue Tissue Flower Pom-Pom Kit and Circular Cutter were quick, easy, and fun. Check out Martha Stewart Crafts on YouTube for more information on the Circular Cutter Tool and for other Martha Stewart Crafts product tutorials.
The product was provided by Martha Stewart Crafts so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about specific products. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Martha Stewart Crafts.