Crepe paper pom-poms can be used for a variety of reasons. Perhaps your daughter wants to be a cheerleader for Halloween or for a school talent show. They are also great as a craft for a birthday party with a cheerleading theme. In any case, making crepe paper pom-poms is easy. They are also functional, as they work just like the real thing.
Purchase two plastic funnels from a hardware store or discount store. They can usually be found in the automotive department. The size of the funnels you choose will determine how big the pom-poms will be, so for a little girl you will want smaller funnels. Have the child grip a funnel to determine what size she needs.
First Layer of Crepe Paper
Measure the length of one of the funnels. Take that measurement and cut strips of crepe paper to the same size. The number of strips you will need will depends on the size of the funnel you are using. Place a dot of super glue just below the inside rim of the funnel and place a piece of crepe paper on top. Continue doing this for the other strips of crepe paper until the entire inside rim is covered. Secure the crepe paper further by placing clear packaging tape over each piece.
Take the measurement of the first set of crepe paper strips and add a 1/2 inch. Cut out strips of crepe paper that are this new length. For example, if the original length in Step 2 was 4 inches, make these strips of crepe paper 4 1/2 inches in length. Place a dot of glue just below the edge of the first set of strips of paper and place on these strips. Use the packaging tape to secure these pieces. The length of both rows of paper should be the same.
Continue adding crepe paper all the way down the funnel until there is no room left to put in the strips. The key is to add a 1/2 inch in length to each row of crepe paper so that it will match the original length you made in Step 2. To this end, you will need to add 1 inch to the third row, 1 1/2 inches to the fourth row and 2 inches to the fifth row. If you can make more than five rows of crepe paper, keep following this pattern.
Continue these same steps for the second pom-pom. Let the finished pom-poms sit for at least 2 hours to give the glue time to dry.
- Match crepe paper colours to your child's favourite colours or school colours.
- Work on both pom-poms at the same time, so you are sure all of your measurements are equal in size.
- The more rows you add, the more full the pom-poms will look.
- Keep super glue and sharp scissors away from young children.