Poof Ball Animals

Aren’t these absolutely amazing? I found this project on Little Sprout Creations, and thought it was so clever. You can make owls and ghosts hanging from the trees, or farm animals, like a chicken or a pig. So adorable and perfect for a kid’s birthday party or even Halloween. Here’s what you need and how to do it.


  • 6-8 sheets of (approximately) 20″x 30″ tissue paper (for the owl’s body)
  • 1 additional sheet of tissue paper, same color (for the owl’s head, ears, and wings.)  If your pack comes with 8 sheets like mine did, use 7 for the body and 1 for the head.
  • Styrofoam ball, approximately 5″ in diameter.
  • Felt in black, white, and orange.
  • Pink/orange pipe cleaners for legs


Step 1. Accordion fold 6-8 sheets of tissue paper. Tie with floral wire. Snip ends, either as a rounded edge, or pointed edge. Need help with this? Check out Martha Stewart’s tips on making perfect poms HERE.

Step 2. Fluff your pom, pulling each layer of tissue up, one at a time.

Step 3. You’ll end up with a flat sided, flower-like pom.

Step 4. Squish it together to make it more oblong, and less round. You’re aiming for an owl-like body shape.

Step 5. Cut your spare piece of tissue so that it will cover the styrofoam ball. Twist the remaining tissue and glue down with a glue gun. This is your owl’s head. Use a glue gun to glue the head to the flat side of the body. Pull up the top layer of tissue and glue to hide the area between the head and body.

Step 6. Cut wing shapes from tissue paper and glue in place.

Step 7. Cut eyes and beak shapes.  For eyes, cut 2 large white circles and 2 smaller black circles. For beak, fold piece of orange felt in half and cut into triangle.  Glue eyes together, and glue beak together on the outer edge to help the beak stay together, but appear open.

Step 8. Glue eyes and beak to head.

Step 9. Cut ear shapes and glue to head.

Step 10. Cut pipe cleaners and twist to make legs. Glue into the base of the body.

Step 11. Display by either mounting on a small wooden rod, or by hanging with monofilament.

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