A Beach Cottage Coastal Decorating ~ Tables with Pom-Poms

Thu 19th, Aug, 2010

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Hey good looking, whatya got cooking?  How about making BC pom-poms with me?

C’mon in today, take a deep old breath and indulge me in some white-porn…you know you wanna…

I dunno about you but I have been bombarded for what seems like a long time with tissue paper pom-poms, if that’s what we’re calling them.  All three of the shops I frequent like some deluded window-shopper have recently had them in their windows, blogs I follow, my fave English magazine and even the surfy shop whose window dresser tickles my fancy with her style recently had them in a multitude of Spring colours hanging in the window.

So here’s my version, the Beach Cottage take on this phenomenon sweeping interiors

….tho’ I didn’t intend on making them at all…


I actually wanted flowers for the table but when I stopped at the flower market on the way home from the deli I was most disappointed in the offering…lame bunches of straggly looking things and the only nice ones that even hit anywhere near the mark for what I wanted were, bottom-line, way too exxie.   Just call me thrifty.


So I arrived home flowerless and with a table that looked very sad and underdressed.


My first port of call of course was the garden, but there was not a sausage out there that would do…too few snowdrops, camelias on their last legs and about a million daffs and tulips bursting from the ground but not quite yet out.


So I decided I might make my own ‘flowers’ with tissue and set about making these little pom pom delights like I’ve seen everywhere, not knowing quite how they’d turn out…


These are nothing more, really, than a BC inspired take on those spheres of crinkly delight you made at school.  Though the end result on here I think turned out a whole lot better than the ones that I churned out as an 8 yr old.


I went for cheap-as-chips tissue paper here…from the dollar store at $2 a pack and for this little lot used about half the pack…I don’t deny that better quality stuff may move one into a different, more superior world of pom-poms.  I won’t be finding out.


As I folded and concertinered (pls no grammar emails) to my hearts delight on the back deck in the arvo sun I was taken aback to our wedding…


It was for sure a modest affair…no fireworks and fancy hotels…and the function room was in need of some dressing….and we did most of it ourselves…and so for the months before I found myself making flowers out of pale pink ribbon…a tonne of flowers…black sacks of pink flowers seemed to seep out from all corners…and we curled and folded and tied until we thought that we could no more


But somehow, that kinda repetitive activity is soothing


And tho’ for sure I am never gonna be a craft queen these are oh-so-simple and yet up there in the realms of to-die-for special.  A winning combination if you ask me from a dollar store purchase.


The funny things is there was mucho interest from the Beach Cottage Kiddos in this one…they had been out at sport while I was happily sitting quietly making these and when they arrived home this vision in white was already dressed and I was floating around in tablescaping heaven..Miss BC and my little stylist ooohed and ahhhed and picked them up and examined.


Assuming that I had bought them they asked me where I’d got them…I made them said I, positively reveling in my craftiness.  Really?!!!  How??  Errm yep, don’t tell me you guys have missed out on a really important part of education while you’ve been learning how to add x to y…ya mean you don’t know how to make a pom-pom?


And so ensued a pom-pom making extravaganza.  You want a pom-pom baby.  Mrs BC can now provide you with one.  In a myriad of colours.


The rest of the table is pretty simple too (& find more tables dressed up here at Susan’s)….and I have to tell you I loved this one…it looked so good in real life…hence the amount of photos…I couldn’t bear to leave any out.


I started off with a vintage sheet for the tablecloth…thrifted of course, can’t remember where…I love the details on these old things and wanted that to show….topped it with the infamous BC Stripe (will be in my store soon) and simply plopped the balls of frothy white heaven on top of the settings.

Oh and while we are talking all things crafty I made the lovehearts, tied them with butchers twine around some re-cycled jam jars…


So I guess that’s it from me this lovely morning here Down Under…we are hitting much warmer temps and I am going out on my new bike (ooh goodness I lurve it) and taking utmost pleasure in getting my mitts in the earth and doing some gardening..


Let me know what you think of my craftiness?





table : IKEA  chairs : IKEA   tablecloth : vintage sheet   glasses : re-cycled jam jars  lovehearts  : made by me 
 runner :  BC Store   candles : dollar store   cutlery : vintage   china : IKEA   napkins : Vinnies vintage  
napkin rings :  BC Store




(disclaimer : no children were tied-up in the dressing of this table)


 run rabbit run…BC runners on their way to the BC Store soon!


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59 Responses to “A Beach Cottage Coastal Decorating ~ Tables with Pom-Poms”

  1. I think it’s super cute! And the table would have been naked without them!! It’s truly like putting whipped cream on a sunday!!

    Don’t you love being able to impress your kids every so often???

  2. So cute! I made pom poms for my daughter’s graduation party & both my girls wanted to keep them afterward.

  3. carla says:

    Beautiful!!!!! I’m thinking these will be perfect in pale pastels for my little girls birthday party, thanks for the idea ;o)

    BTW the napkin rings are right up my alley, hope you are selling them in your beach cottage shop? Oh boy I’m going to be soooo poor when you open this shop! But soooooo happy! :o)

  4. It looks lovely! I remember making hundreds of those tissue flowers in college to cover the Homecoming Floats!
    That is definitely a beachy table!

  5. Oh what pom-pom delightfulness! I love that if you can’t find the flowers you want….just make your own! I bet the kids had a ball!

  6. Ldom says:

    Loving the pom-poms and loving the jars with the little hearts around. I think pom-poms in my house wouldn’t last too long… they would be too appealing to either the cat, dog or the kiddies! Lx

  7. marlis says:

    Love the frothy darlings on the table. I think this makes for a lively tablescape. Love it…

  8. Jacqueline says:

    Well the poms are spectacular of course! But the photos are so dreamy beautiful. Bravo! Jacqueline

  9. Sarah, This is a beautiful etherial table! The pop poms are a brilliat idea. ANd i LOVE the jar glasses with the sweet hearts. All of your images are shot in the most fascinating effect.

  10. bj says:

    This is an awesome BC table, dear Sarah…I just love those pom-poms (I have never made one in my entire loooong life) and the little hearts and jelly glasses are precious.. ‘Course you know that now I will be saving all my jelly glasses…:))

  11. Angie says:

    Very very beautiful ! Try coffee filters too ! the ruffled edges are very pretty !

  12. Cherry Kay says:

    Now this brings a smile to my face. Sheer creative loveliness! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

    • Julienne says:

      They look fabulous and I have it on the good authority of my Granddaughter that el cheepo paper make the best ones! My problem is I don’t know how to make them and I want to!!!!

  13. Deanne says:

    Love the pom poms, made some pink ones recently for my little girls room and thought I would make some white ones for my room, got as far as buying the white tissue, maybe I will be inspired to make them now, but I have so many projects on the go – spring is in the air! BTW – can’t wait for the shop to open!

  14. Christine says:

    This is really, really cute! It looks so nice and fresh…Christine

  15. kristy says:

    I love making those…Martha Stewart Magazine showed me how to make them and trim the edges like petals.
    Red white and blue ones for July 4th and Big fluffy Pink ones for Easter!
    Such an easy craft with happy results.

    • sarah says:

      please tell more kristy..I was thinking as I did them that would look nice…guessing you just cut the edges curved??

      would love the link…

  16. Sarah says:

    Beautiful table. That striped table runner is lovely. I also love the jars with hearts. And the white pom-poms. Oh, okay, I just love everything!


  17. Emma Burgess says:

    Love it- don’t know that I could master the pom poms though. Ill just admire from a distance! Emma. xx

  18. Eileen says:

    I adore it Sarah. A simple and brilliant addition to your table!

  19. Antiquechase says:

    My daughter has the colored Poms hanging from her ceiling… I would love to do an all white version in my craft room. It is beautiful on the table too, can you imagine how great it would be at a wedding shower?? Who do I know that’s getting married??

  20. Sharyn says:

    Beautiful table setting – love your pom poms. Looking forward to seeing the napkin rings and table runner when you have them in the BC store. Left a comment with a link (to MS) pom pom’s on FB.

  21. Teresa T. says:

    The softness and the beauty is so inspiring to dress the table more. Thank you for sharing.
    Always, Teresa

  22. andrea frost says:

    Hi lovely sarah…..I just did a vintage shabby junk extravaganza fair this past weekend..
    was a Big sucess…

    Tamarah from shabbyvintagejunk blog…MADE over 100 BIG BIG white pom poms hanging from the roof of the scout hall..

    they looked awesome & took her days to prepare & hang….worth a look….they were gorgeous!!

    check out her blog…YOU girls are wonderful at creating!!

    xx andrea

  23. lucy says:

    wow I love this and I love the lovehearts, you didn’t say what they are made of? will these be for sale in your store bcause I would love to use these as gift tags. thanks lucy

  24. White porn??? my favourite!

    Gorgeous post – have been equally obsessed with tissue pom poms lately… they are everywhere!


  25. Rozmeen says:

    Goodmorning Sarah,

    I discovered your inspiring and fun blog a few weeks ago and adore the pictures and the way you write your posts. I love the beach and the beach style a lot! I am a happy follower and you are one creative girl!!

    Love the pom poms!!!

    Wishing you a lovely day from Holland,

    ps Allready looking forward to your next post!

  26. sarahbr1976 says:


    I have done the same thing with pompoms made of tissue though I never thought of putting them on the table like you did, mine and most of the pics I have seen of them have been with them hanging from the ceiling. Who wants to be we’ll be seeing these all around blogs on tables now!

    I think the tags are so cute, I have a table I am decorating at the weekend for something special and think these will really finish it off so wondering how you made them and the tie tops it off. Will they be available in your shop?

    anyway thanks for the inspiration, I love yours site.

  27. Michelle says:

    Just love the pom poms – the whole table looks great and I’ll be using it for inspiration! So excited about your forthcoming shop I just can’t wait – it will be on-line won’t it? Will you invite us to the “launch”?

  28. Tammi N says:

    Ooh I have a slight obsession with these tissue pom poms and just LOVE the way you have used them in your tablescape
    Also loving the little tags you made, they finish the look beautifully.

    Guess I don’t have to tell you that I am sooooo hanging out for the BC store to open?

    And I can’t wait to set my eyes on that bike of yours….I bet she is an old gal and will have all us ladies drooling

  29. Gina F. says:

    Gorgeous! How did you make those little hearts? The table is stunning and elegant!

  30. Suzann says:

    Beautiful! Simply beautiful.

  31. Alison Gibbs says:

    Love your pom poms, really must try it too. They look fun.
    Come on – hurry up with the BC store…

  32. I am so glad you couldn’t find flowers you liked, because this setting is just so PERFECT with your tissue paper flowers! They are a wonderful addition. The entire setting is peaceful and evocative of a beachside party. Thanks!

  33. Love the tissue paper tablescape. I had forgotten about doing that in grade school. It makes the table look almost etherial, with the “clouds” of white everywhere. Love the disclaimer. It gave me a good laugh this morning. Have a great day down under riding your new bike.

  34. Stunningly beautiful!


  35. Mimi says:

    Beautiful table!

  36. Mariana says:

    Sarah, definitely this blog is like a spa for my eyes, my soul. I live in Buenos Aires, far from the beach, a crowded city, pollution, noise, stressful situations at work, and all those things that big cities have. Once a day, at the end of the day when my kids are already asleep, I sit at the computer and I enjoy your site, relaxing with a cup of tea, your beautiful pics, reading your comments, stealing decoration ideas. It’s like all the bad things in the day gets better and can face what will happen the next day.

    Thanks for sharing !!!



  37. Wanda Lee says:

    This is just the most refreshingly pretty,white tablescape that I’ve ever seen!

    Thanks so much for sharing it with us for Tablescape Thursday!.., Plesae do pop by for a visit sometime!..,

    Cheers from Wanda Lee @ Silken Purse (and also @ The Plumed Pen).

  38. yeah…. I don’t know how to make a pom pom either BUT I’m googling as. we. speak. Thanks for the inspiration, lovely. Have a wonderful day! The Lady of the House

  39. Lisa Hogan says:

    Very Cute! They look great on the table:) Can’t wait to see your shop!

  40. Quick thinking! Do you mind sharing where/what is the BC Store?

  41. Barefoot Liz says:

    I love the drinking jars! It gives it such a relaxed, country feel.

  42. the poms poms are gorgeous, your table stting divine. Srah, you are one talented lady!

  43. Whitney says:

    Lovely! I love the light floral look they seem to add — I may attempt a few of my own to set around our humble little abode… =)

  44. Susan says:

    Sarah, your table is like a little bit of heaven…I’m floating in the clouds…just beautiful!

  45. m says:

    I’d say “way cute”, but it’s just waaaay, waaaay, waaaay too cute!!!

    m ^..^

  46. paige says:

    looks like a table set in heaven !

  47. SPECTACULAR!!! Your table…pom poms included… looks like a sweet dream!
    Have a beautiful weekend~
    ;-D Kathleen

  48. truly gorgeous. that table runner is fantastic. i must know when they become available!

  49. What a relaxing tablescape, so light and airy and relaxing. You did a great job on the pom-poms, quite fashionable.

    All the Best,


  50. Bettsi says:

    Beautiful! Like an airy, fluffy cloudscape!

  51. Barbara says:

    Boy, those sure brought me back. I remember the whole house being covered in pom poms my sister and I made using Kleenex tissues. Talk about a myriad of colors – put two or three together, fold them accordion style, staple in the middle and pull the paper apart – We had pastel pom poms covering our bedroom. In those days the tissue was white or a few different colors — certainly not the oodles of flowers, patterns, etc. that we have today. Just looking around my house right now, I could make six different styles and colors of pom poms without going to a store! Wow, thanks so much for reminding me of those – it’s a favorite memory of mine with a sister I lost a few years ago and I am smiling like the Cheshire Cat as I am eyeball the box of Kleenex in the bathroom. Now where is the miniature stapler?

  52. mydesignchic says:

    What a fun and whimsical addition to your table-just love it!!

  53. Tricia Rose says:

    Sometimes life just takes a girl this way… but what I really love, what really melts my cold sneering heart is the pink drink – and the petals – in the jars! How do you even think of these thinks?

  54. Sibylle says:

    I made pom poms not too long ago: http://fun.kyti.me/index.php/2010/11/coffee-filter-pom-poms/
    But i did not really think of using them as table decoration! what a great idea!!!