As I was scouring Pinterest searching for ideas for Angelo’s Shaun the Sheep party, I found a photo of an adorable tissue paper sheep decoration, but alas, there were no instructions for how to make it. I was sad, but hoped to be able to figure out how to do it on my own trial-and-error style. Thankfully, after telling a friend about my plight she told me the secret for how to make a tissue paper pom-pom (which was the key to making a passable tissue paper sheep). It worked! I decided I had better share how to make these because they’re just too darn cute not to. You could also use different colors of tissue paper to make all sorts of animals. I think a pig would be pretty cute!
Tissue paper (about 6 sheets per sheep)
glue (I used hot glue)
floral (or any thin) wire
1. First, cut the tissue paper sheets in half and stack all the sheets together (you should now have a stack of 12 half-sheets). Lay the shorter side of the paper facing you and fold into one to two inch sections accordion style (like you would to make a paper fan). Once you’ve accordion folded the entire sheet, fold it in half (like you would to make a paper fan). Grasp the bottom of the folded edge you just made and twist a bit. Wrap floral wire tightly around the twisted part about an inch from the bottom. Add a string for hanging.
2. Separate the sheets of paper to form a pom-pom. Start with the edge and slowly pull each sheet apart. Make sure you’re gentle or the paper will tear.
3. Fluff out the paper and trim any pieces that throw off the ball shape.
4. Cut out ears, legs, and a face from the black paper and hot glue onto the sheep. I just eyeballed it and made the shapes myself.