Pom poms are a cheerleader's tool. She needs them to practice all her moves with. But pom poms can be expensive, especially if they're for a little girl who wants a set in every colour. You can make her some practice pom poms out of plastic bags. They are easy to make, and since they're so cheap to create you can afford to make a pair for her in every colour to match all her outfits.
Cut several plastic bags along the side seams. Measure out a 24-inch strip of plastic about 3/4 inch wide. Cut it out. This is your sample. Cut 100 of these plastic strips from several plastic bags. Be sure to cut off the enclosed ends so you don't have strange, curled ends; you want them straight and flat.
Pin the plastic strips onto wire hangers with clothespins. Fit as many as you can on each hanger without having them overlap one another. Lay out lots of flattened cardboard boxes or pieces of cardboard. Place the wire hangers with plastic strips on the cardboard. Choose your colour of spray paint--whatever colour you want your pom poms to be. Spray the plastic strips and allow them to dry. Flip the hangers over and spray the other side; again, allow them to dry. Once dry, remove the strips and re-pin them the opposite way so you flip the top to the bottom. Spray the ends of the strips and allow to dry. If there are any blank sections or spots, make sure you spray these and have the plastic strips completely covered.
Separate the colourful plastic strips into two piles, 50 in each pile so you have one pile for each pom. Take one strip and lay it out on a flat surface. Make sure the strip is smooth and flat. Place a second strip on top of the first, but at a slight angle so it doesn't sit directly on top of the first. Place a third strip on top next, also at a slight angle but going the opposite way of the second strip. Alternate each strip as you lay it down, and allow the strips to fan out so each one is more at an angle than the previous one. You will be left with fanned-out strips that almost encircle the space, and the sides may almost meet.
Find the centre of the strips. Grab it and carefully wrap a rubber band around the centre a few times so it is secure. Plug in your hot-glue gun and put a stick of glue in it to allow it to warm up. Cut a 3-inch-long piece of wide ribbon. Cover one end of the ribbon with hot glue and press it over the rubber band. Hold in place to make sure it sticks, and allow it to dry.
Circle the ribbon around the loop over and over again until you come to the other end. Cover the end with hot glue, and press it down to secure the ribbon. Allow to dry. Repeat the process for the second pom.
You can spray paint the plastic bags first before cutting if you would like.
Don't pull at the plastic strips or you will stretch them out and possibly break or tear them.
Tips and warnings
- You can spray paint the plastic bags first before cutting if you would like.
- Don't pull at the plastic strips or you will stretch them out and possibly break or tear them.