Tutorial: DIY Tissue Paper Pom-Poms this tutorial is pretty good. Use square sheets or tissue for a rounder Pom Pom. Tie the middle with ribbon and tied several on ribbon and hung them for a backdrop. Use thin tissue paper and fluff gently.
Whether or not an empty wine bottle is transparent, it can make a great bottle light! Mark where you want the holes to be with some masking tape, drill, rinse the bottle, then stuff Christmas lights through the holes you drilled. (via Wit and Whistle)