The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Yes, you can spray paint tissue paper.

As I mentioned yesterday, the economy is messing with my Mother’s Day Brunch… which is a big deal around here.  I change up the theme and color scheme from year to year, and this time, I am going with turquoise and apple green, with pops of tangerine.

I knew I wanted to make tissue paper pom-poms because my flower budget was tiny to begin with.   One needs quite a bit of tissue paper to do this.  Colored tissue paper was coming in at $2 for 10 sheets.  (It takes at least 10 sheets to make a pom-pom.) Unacceptable!

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I’ve always said that you can spray paint anything if it will hold still long enough… This is also true of tissue paper.  I had plenty of plain white tissue paper that I stocked up on during Christmas clearance sales.

I made the pom-poms and then sprayed several light coats of paint.   You don’t even have to hang them to do this.  Set them down, spray.  Turn them over and spray again.  Just make sure to do it in short, light bursts of paint.


Not only do they accept the paint beautifully, it actually makes them a little bit stiff, so they keep their shape better.   Hang them up, fluff any part that got smushed, enjoy. 

I’ll be back on Monday with a full Brunch Wrap Up.  Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m sharing this at the linky parties listed on the bottom of the blog.
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99 Comments

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Two Shades of Pink said...

May 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm
Um...I never would have thought to do this but I am so excited to try it. Awesome.
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Renee said...

May 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm
Hey thats cool, I never would of thought, I figured it would mess the paper up.
Love the colors
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THIS IS ME....ONLINE said...

May 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm
That is one of those "you have to see to believe things". Beautiful. I am so impressed with your Mother's Day brunches and all the other thing you are doing. SO creative. You need a show on HGTV.

I also have to say that it is so refreshing to read your remarks about your handsome hubby and kids. Seems like we spend too much time talking about the "less than perfect" stuff and not enough time being grateful. (Me included.)

Thanks for sharing.
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Shelley said...

May 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm
Brilliant :D
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Suesan said...

May 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm
Love it! What a great idea. I'm going to have to give this one a whirl.
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shelleykelton said...

May 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm
Love it...Fabulous idea!!!!
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Pam said...

May 7, 2011 at 8:27 pm
Wow! They look great. I wouldn't have known that you could paint it. Now I do! :)

Have a Happy Mother's Day!
Pam
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Prudently Painted Vintage said...

May 7, 2011 at 8:46 pm
You are so creative! Love it! Happy Mother's Day to you! I am sure your brunch will be absolutely perfect. Enjoy :)
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MiMi said...

May 7, 2011 at 10:09 pm
I'm laughing because THIS picture...the one FEATURING pom poms...really shows the color of that chair. LOL
I love pom poms...I had no clue it took that many sheets to do one though. And WHO would have though of spraypainting tissue paper???
Only you, my friend. Looks fabulous too. I think I like it better than if it was colored tissue to begin with.
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aggieam01 said...

May 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm
Ok, so that is just flippin genius. You really can spray paint anything!
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Chris said...

May 7, 2011 at 11:30 pm
They look beautiful. Happy Mother's Day to you!
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Connie said...

May 8, 2011 at 12:46 am
I think they look better like that. You can vary the shading!

Great job!
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Amber said...

May 8, 2011 at 1:00 am
Those are gorgeous! I love the colors you picked out.

Who knew?!?
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Lauren @ 31diy said...

May 8, 2011 at 4:25 am
I can't wait to try this! Spray paint has no limits. Thanks for sharing!

Best,
Lauren
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Shawn said...

May 8, 2011 at 5:00 am
I've been wanting to freshen up my office and those are the colors I want to use! They are such happy and bright colors!

Have a wonderful Mothers Day!
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Heather at Dragonfly Designs said...

May 8, 2011 at 6:20 am
Uh ~ cool! I'll have to try that! p.s I have a fab tissue paper pom tute ~ much faster than Martha :P
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slommler said...

May 8, 2011 at 11:26 am
Oh they are so beautiful! And I love how they accept the color!!
Very cool!
Hugs
SueAnn
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MyBluePeacock said...

May 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm
LOVE this idea!!!
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Date Girl said...

May 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Learn something new everyday! I never would have guessed you could spray paint tissue paper. That's amazing!
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Xazmin said...

May 9, 2011 at 5:54 am
I LOVE the color scheme you chose! I totally need to think of something to steal it for!

Loved the flowers, and so cool how the spray-paint turned out!

I can't wait to hear about the brunch!
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Sunshine and Lavender said...

May 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm
That is really good to know... Love how they turned out!
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Johanson Family said...

May 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm
Okay, now are ya gonna give away your secret on how to make the cute poms? I saw some for like $15 each at Party city and almost bought one just to see how to make it so I could do them for my daughter's birthday party.. so cute!! Love the colors!!
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lisbonlioness said...

May 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm
Who would have thought? Thanks for pioneering :D
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simplydesigning.blogspot.com said...

May 10, 2011 at 2:20 am
That's amazing!!!

And they are so pretty painted in those colors!

Ashley
www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com
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lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

May 10, 2011 at 4:24 am
Cute decorations will have to remember these
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jennykate77 said...

May 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm
You are the Queen of Spray Paint. They should put your face on some advertisements. STAT.

LOVE the tissue poms. They are one of my absolute FAV things to decorate with. They just scream "PARTY".
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Good Time Charlie said...

May 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm
That is really, really clever. You should do a post just on the unusual things that you would never think to spray paint.
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Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

May 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm
BRILLIANT! I love this because some colors of tissue paper are hard to find. Thanks for the great idea & I can't wait to see the rest of your luncheon.

Warmly, Michelle
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Judy said...

May 11, 2011 at 12:08 am
Who knew? What a great idea. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.
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Cherished Bliss said...

May 11, 2011 at 1:19 am
Thanks so much for linking up at Craft and Tell Tuesdays! I never would have thought to spray paint tissue paper! I am a HUGE fan of spray paint...anything to avoid pulling out the paint supplies in the garage... : )

www.cherishedbliss.com
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PartyMom said...

May 11, 2011 at 1:26 am
I never would have guessed this....and I am someone who will pretty much spray paint anything. Thanks for the fantastic tip!
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Jennifer said...

May 11, 2011 at 3:13 am
Genius! I made some tissue poms for a baby shower last month and spent some extra to get the colors I wanted. Having a couples shower this weekend and wanted to make some red and white ones. I will go to the dollar store and get white and paint it red! Thanks!
Jen
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Cindy said...

May 11, 2011 at 3:42 am
So pretty, what a great idea! :)
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Bernie said...

May 11, 2011 at 4:23 am
Wow! I had no clue in the world you could spray paint on tissue paper. That is good to know. The flowers look very springy and fun!

Stopping by from Eisy Morgan Inspire hop.
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Mary said...

May 11, 2011 at 4:49 am
Love it! I totally want to do this! So ... my question is now, how do you make the pom-poms?

Mary
http://makingfamilylifefun.blogspot.com
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MommaHen said...

May 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm
Great project. I've made these for many occasions and always get the best responce! ( please be sure to link back to WW)
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Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

May 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm
NO WAY! I would NEVER have thought you could spray paint tissue paper!! But it makes sense that light coats would eventually build and stiffen the paper as well as color it! Thanks for posting this!
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Karen @ Goodbyecityhellosuburb said...

May 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm
This is brilliant- I have lots of old spray paint and tons of tissue paper- I am all over this! Come and link it to Workshop Wednesday. It would be a great addition to the party!
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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

May 12, 2011 at 12:13 am
Those look great. I didn't know you could spray paint tissue paper. Nice to know. Thanks for joining the party.
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Fabric Bows and More said...

May 12, 2011 at 1:58 am
Cute idea! Come and join my linky party: http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com/
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Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

May 12, 2011 at 2:12 am
This is such a great idea! Thanks for linking! :)
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Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

May 12, 2011 at 3:25 am
Girl after my own heart. I just made a bunch for my son and was upset at the cost. I was wondering if I could paint them but thought there was no way! Love it. I will feature these tomorrow on my blog.
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malia said...

May 12, 2011 at 4:32 am
what a great idea!
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StaceyAnne said...

May 12, 2011 at 6:05 am
THANK-YOU! I am in the midst of planning my oldest son's graduation from high school and cannot find black tissue paper anywhere!(School colors= black & orange) I have spray painted the mason jars, frames for the photo booth, branches for the 'stick chandelier' going in the center of the outdoor canopy, and several other things, but my heart has been set on the large poms as well. I contemplated spray painting them,(slight spray paint obsession)but was worried I'd end up making a big ol' mess with very little time left for error. Once again, you have come through with a touch of genius. Amazing blog, amazing ideas, and some very entertaining reading. Love it.
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alison said...

May 12, 2011 at 11:35 am
i love this idea...i've been looking for a tute for these for ages...so thank you!

alison
stuff and nonsense
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Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

May 12, 2011 at 11:48 am
Love it! Love finding anything else in the world I can spraypaint!! :) Have to share on my FB!
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Adrienne said...

May 12, 2011 at 11:51 am
That's fantastic! I love those!
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A Nest in the Making said...

May 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm
That's really neat! I had no clue you could use spray paint on the tissue paper... so many ideas!

I saw your link on Delightful Order!

Kristi @ A Nest in the Making
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Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

May 12, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Yes, you can spray paint everything! :-)
Thanks for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday blog party.
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Melanie said...

May 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm
Love it!!!

I would love for you to come link up your post at my "Encouragement is Contagious!" linky party! And... please link up some of your other favorites from blogs you love! Then, those bloggers will also get lots of unexpected, encouraging comments!

Blessings!
Melanie
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Kristy said...

May 14, 2011 at 12:41 am
Good to know, love the color!
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At The Picket Fence said...

May 14, 2011 at 12:49 am
Amazing! I would have thought they would shred but that is incredible and so good to know! Thanks for sharing this with us! :-)
Vanessa
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Crystal said...

May 14, 2011 at 1:28 am
These look AMAZING! What a brilliant idea to spray paint them! :) I would love for you to link up to me new Summer Lovin' Saturday Party at http://www.homemakerinheels.com
I am also a new follower! :) Have a great weekend! :)
Crysta
Homemaker in Heels
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Tiff said...

May 14, 2011 at 3:56 am
They look fantastic! What a great idea! X
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At The Picket Fence said...

May 14, 2011 at 4:38 am
Vivienne you are beyond creative and talented girlfriend! Seriously. I would have thought tissue paper would just kinda melt when spray painted. Way to take a chance and have it pay off! I will definitely keep these in mind for future parties! Thank you for sharing the idea with us at Inspiration Friday!

Heather
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Chari at Happy To Design said...

May 14, 2011 at 4:49 am
Hi V...

Ohhh my...your paper pom-pom's turned out sooo pretty, my friend! I love the colors...bet your Mother's Day brunch was incredible! Girl, I would have never thought to spray tissue paper pom-poms...how clever and resourceful! I'll be keeping this idea for future use! Thanks for sharing it with us!

How are you doing, my friend? I hope that my note is finding you and your sweet family all doing well!

Warmest wishes,
Chari
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Erin said...

May 14, 2011 at 11:54 am
Genius Viv, genius.
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

May 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm
Love these Viv!!! They are darling~ sharing this on FB today- thanks for sharing at FNF :)
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Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

May 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Huh, I would of never thunk to do this :) Turned out great!! Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday :)
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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

May 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm
Awesome tip, Viv! You'd never know those are spray painted poms...except, of course, after reading this. They are beautiful!

Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :)
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Audrey Pettit said...

May 15, 2011 at 2:10 am
Wow, what a cool idea! I seriously never would have thought to spray paint tissue paper. Brilliant idea!
Visiting from Show & Tell Friday. TFS!
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Kim @ It's a Crafty Life said...

May 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm
What a cool idea! Love that it makes them a little stiffer too. Thanks for linking up!
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Sharde said...

May 16, 2011 at 4:43 am
i would never have thought of that,. great project! hopped over from shabby chic!

thestyleprojects.blogspot.com
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Ty and Whitty said...

May 16, 2011 at 4:51 am
I have actually been wondering this. Cuz I have a ton of white that I got from the dollar store but wanted some color. Thank you so much for sharing. I found you through under the table and dreaming linky party. I also pined this in my pinterest files. Come and say hi I love visitors
tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com
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Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

May 16, 2011 at 5:16 am
Ok! What? This is life changing info here! Love this, and they do get all smushed

Thanks,

Lina
Fancy Frugal Life
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Sarah @ Sarahndipities said...

May 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm
So SO COOL! Thanks for sharing at Make Something Mondays!

~ Sarah
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rita jean said...

May 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm
spray paint! why didn't I think of that! :) great idea!!!
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Jenn Erickson said...

May 17, 2011 at 2:33 am
Awesome, crafty, original technique! I love tissue pom-poms, but they do tend to flop a bit and they're so fragile. I love the fact that the spray paint does double duty as accent and preserver. Brilliant Viv!
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I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

May 17, 2011 at 2:56 am
That is awesome!! i LOVE spray paint! so fun!
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Holly said...

May 18, 2011 at 12:41 am
Brilliant! I do hate spending all that cash on colored tissue and it is never quite the right color anyway. FABULOUS!
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Amy @MaisonDecor said...

May 18, 2011 at 1:10 am
so pretty, great idea! so creative~love the power of paint.
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Kristine said...

May 18, 2011 at 7:32 am
LOVE those colors! They turned out beautiful!
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jessa said...

May 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm
Smart idea!
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jessa said...

May 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm
Smart idea!
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jessa said...

May 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm
Smart idea!
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Leslie said...

May 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm
I love it! I featured your cute spray painted pom pom balls on hoo's got talent! Thanks for linking up to the party!
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Amy@happylittleparty.blogspot.com said...

May 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm
Such a fun way to spruce up any party!
thanks!
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Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

May 19, 2011 at 2:14 am
I never would have thought to spray paint tissue paper-I would assume that the paint would have made it soggy! This is good information to know. . .
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

May 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm
Totally love this idea- these poms are just darling!
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Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life said...

May 20, 2011 at 9:40 pm
Okay, so who has the best selection of spray paint? I LOVE SPRAY PAINT! But I'm about to start working on my daughter's Madhatter room and I need a hot pink, turq, and lime green. Maybe purple. ;)

Love this idea!
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Amy Gilman and Emily Lee (Sisters of the Wild West) said...

May 22, 2011 at 2:50 am
great thrifty tip!! we are featuring you!!
Amy
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Nikki ~ Let's Craft!! said...

May 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm
Would love for you to stop by to visit me... http://bestpartofbelieveis.blogspot.com/ I am your newest follower!! Hope you follow back!!

~ Nikki
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Laura @ Our House Of Joyful Noise said...

May 26, 2011 at 2:43 am
Don't forget to grab my linky-tag! :D
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Spunky Junky said...

May 27, 2011 at 3:30 am
What an ingenious idea! I would have never thought of using spray paint on pom-poms...I should have though, because I seem to be spray painting everything minus my kid. hahaha.

I am featuring you tomorrow so stop by and say hi!

xoxo
Halz
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Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

May 27, 2011 at 5:00 am
this is awesome! I too am a believer that you can spray paint anything! good job on your tissue flower balls!
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Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

May 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm
I had NO idea!!! Very cool!!! How do you hang your poms? I'm planning to hang them from the ceiling for our wedding reception...
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shopannies said...

May 28, 2011 at 3:53 am
very pretty was not aware that could be done thanks for sharing come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com
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Amy @ Keep'n The SunnySide said...

May 28, 2011 at 10:07 am
Oh my goodness, I cannot believe these are painted. They look fantastic.. great job!!
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Stephanie said...

May 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm
Your pom poms caught my eye on the link party at Remodelaholic because I am starting to make some for a baby shower I am giving my daughter. So true about the costs of tissue paper, but the white you can get cheap. Great idea! I am also experimenting with napkins, they work really well for smaller to medium sized pom poms.
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Michelle said...

May 29, 2011 at 2:44 am
what a super cute idea! following you from I heart nap time ;)

--Michelle
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Janelle said...

May 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm
This is a completely brilliant idea!
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The Answer Is Chocolate said...

May 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm
Featured this as part of my BFF Wrap Up!
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Tasha said...

June 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm
Who knew??? I'm going to try it! Thanks for sharing on Pinkalicious Thursday!
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Katy said...

June 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm
Oh...let me tell you that you just MADE MY WEDDING!!! I've been wanting these as isle decoration (my venue doesn't allow fake flower petals and the real thing in excess is too expensive)...my problem is that our green is nowhere to be found (all the greens out there are too bright (citrus) or too dark (evergreen)) so this is WONDERFUL!!!! Now, I've got to go find some spraypaint to match! Thank you so much!!!
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Fabric Bows and More said...

June 8, 2011 at 4:53 am
Cute! Please stop by and join our link party: http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com/
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Angela said...

June 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm
What a fantastic idea!! I love crafts, but never thought about doing this before!
Love your blog and am now a follower.
Stumbled for Stumble Thursday.

Angela from MoveOverBetty.com
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Mariah said...

June 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm
Wow! I never would have thought of this! So cool!

Stumbling through from Stumble Through Thursday! Would love if you'd return the visit and the stumble at http://formulamom.com
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Keenly Kristin said...

June 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm
Wow...this is AMAZING! Thanks for the tip...I love it!

Stumbled you...my post is:
http://keenlykristin.com/2011/06/summer-of-kristin-a-sad-day-in-wildwood/

Thanks!
Kristin :)
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Carolyn said...

July 5, 2011 at 11:47 am
Didn't know you could spray paint tissue paper...well done for being innovative!

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