Tuesday, June 26, 2012

TUTORIAL: make your own pom poms to cheer your team

My girls have had school athletics carnivals in the past few weeks.  We made pom poms [also called streamers] for cheering their team mates on.  Unfortunately in my photos they look rather pink, in fact the pom poms are all RED in real life!!

 For this project you will need:
gaffer or electrical tape
and either a disposable plastic tablecloth or crepe paper in your team colours.

Step 1: cut the plastic/crepe paper into roughly 1cm strips and lay them out on a flat surface.

Step 2: tie the strips together in the centre with string.

Step 3: push the streamers away from the ends of the string.

Step 4: wrap the string ends in gaffer or electrical tape to form a handle.

Step 6: twist each individual strand of the pom pom to separate the strands and make it 'fluff out".

I haven't made one [or two] of these since I was at school, but it was extremely quick and easy to do.  You could experiment with other types of materials to use for the streamers.  I chose the disposable plastic table cloth because I thought it would be more durable than crepe paper, and perhaps last more than one day.  You could also use fabric, knitting yarn, or other colourful materials of your choosing.

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