DIY Fiesta Pom Pom Napkins

Hola, amigos y amigas! It's time for a little pom pom fun today! Inspired by terracotta and energetic colors, we have whipped up a super easy DIY to brighten up your fiesta-themed wedding shower! For any kind of event, we are huge believers in using what’s available and personal to you when it comes to styling, and with the expertise of vendor fam Isha Foss Design, we are sharing some fresh and unique Mexican-inspired styling tips for your tabletop alongside a fab tutorial so you can make your own no-sew tasseled pom pom napkins to truly set the table with something personalized just for your celebration. Let’s get crafting!

How to Make Pom Pom Napkins

Difficulty Level: Easy
Color Inspiration: Bright Pink, Coral, Bright Blue, Yellow, and White

Pom Pom Trim (Light Coral, Turquoise, Green, and Yellow)
Plain Cloth Napkins
Fabric Adhesive Pens
Mini Tassels

1. Lay out your napkins flat and select the colors for your two rows of pom poms. You will only decorate one edge of the napkin.
2. Using your first color, measure out the pom pom string by stretching it from end to end. Cut the string and then repeat with your second color.

3. Take your fabric adhesive pen and draw your first line of glue along the very bottom. No need for perfection as the glue will blob out once you place your fabric embellishments on the napkin.

4. Decide how many tassels you’d like to put on your napkin and place down accordingly. For a standard napkin, I don’t recommend more than 5 tassels as when it is bunched up for your table setting, it can seem cluttery.

TIP: Bend your tassel string so it’s parallel to your napkin’s edge (aka in the direction of your glue line). This will then be hidden underneath your pom poms and adhere stronger when dried.

5. With your first pom pom color, edge your napkin following the direction of your first glue line. Press down your pom pom string to help it adhere. You may need to apply a few dots of glue in certain spots that need a little extra.
6. Draw your second glue line right above the bottom one and repeat Step 5.

7. Allow your glue to dry for 24 hours before using. Fabric adhesive needs a little time to cure and become permanent!
8. ¡Hurra! Enjoy your fiesta!

Watch this Tutorial

Need some more visuals on how to make this DIY? Take a peek below or head over to Tidewater and Tulle's YouTube channel to see what Intellect Media created for us! Also, you'll also learn great styling tips from Isha and get to know this incredible designer who can turn cacti into fun elegance! [For our fun bloopers, see the recorded live broadcast from ViewItDoIt! Laughs abound!]

Styling Tips

So many everyday things are just waiting to be incorporated into beautiful tablescapes. From terracotta pots and cacti found at your local home improvement store to vintage plateware from your cabinet or local vintage rentals provider (like Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals in Virginia Beach!), there are a ton of design directions you can go for a fiesta-inspired wedding shower. Our floral and styling guru Isha of Isha Foss Design recommends that you start with a color palette. Don’t be afraid of vibrant colors and funky textures! You can unify the look of your party with neutrals like bright whites, earthy browns, and diverse greens. Little Known Fun Fact: Most all professional florists have loose blooms on hand that you can purchase to build your own centerpieces! They tend to always have leftovers from their event orders. All you have to do is ask! Just need one king proteia or pincushion proteia like in our inspiration photos? Call ahead and see what the florist has coming in around your party date.

And most importantly, have fun! A fiesta is not a fiesta without the stress-free happy vibes.

- Chelsea

Big special hugs to the amazing wedding friends/vendor fam who helped with this DIY tutorial. Normally, I do these solo, and I was so inspired by their talent and eye during this project! I said I was obsessed with terracotta, and this came out of it from their magical ways! Since I entered the industry eons ago, I have been grateful to always be surrounded by creatives who push me to go beyond my design comfort box and help me see things in a new light. Please check out and support these dreammakers below!

Photography: Sarah Street Photography | Florals and Styling: Isha Foss Design | Tutorial Creation: Chelsea LaVere | Venue: The Historic Post Office | Specialty Rentals: Mad Hatter Vintage Rentals | Live Broadcasting: ViewItDoIt | Videography: Intellect Media | Crafting Supplies: Paper Mart