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Release Your Inner Cheerleader & Make Pom Poms

By Jul 25, 2011 May 16th, 2012 25 Comments

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I vividly remember practicing cheers at the end of 8th grade with my best friend Michelle in front of the middle school parking lot– waiting for our parents to pick us up for the day– trying to think that I might have a chance at becoming a cheerleader once I hit high school. Ah, sweet naivety. I never did have the cajones to try out… letting all of those sweet high kicks and mock splits go to waste. I think 9th grade was the year I discovered that I was clumsy, and then my cheerleader dreams slowly faded with the onset of my new found awkwardness!

I just wanted to shake the pom poms anyway. I’ve always loved pom poms. So, when a fleeting daydream brought a little inspiration, and inspiration brought a little research… I figured out how to make the most amazing over sized pom poms.

Can you guess what they are made out of?

how to make pom poms

Well, my little bit of inspiration and research lead me to the thrift store… where I picked up:

how to make pom poms

Are you ready?

how to make pom poms

First, you will need a piece of cardboard. Lucky for me, I still have a moving box or two stashed away in the garage. I used a number 10 can for the first big circle, and my camera lens cap for the middle. But, you can use ANYTHING!

how to make pom poms

And then, cut.

how to make pom poms

After you cut your cardboard, cut your shirt into 1/2 to 1 inch strips. Then:

how to make pom poms

Here is the fun part!

how to make pom poms

Every time you finish wrapping a strip, start the next strip at the top of the cardboard for ultimate fluffiness!

how to make pom poms

Do you have dexterous fingers? Because you have to wrap three times! I just put on some music and sang along!

how to make pom poms

Get your sharp scissors, and cut the edge… be careful not to let the pieces fall apart. It helps if you put your other hand on top to hold it down. I was doing this, but I had to let go to use my hand to take the photo… silly. Also, trust your Little Momma when she says to be careful with scissors! I pretty much took my pretty little thumb print completely off with the slip of the scissor blade. Yeouch!

how to make pom poms

Ohhhhh! It’s looking good!

how to make pom poms

Now, remember that strip you sandwiched between the cardboard in the beginning? Tie it, really tight. You don’t want those puppies slipping around. Of course you are going to do an impromptu cheer when you are done, it’s a pom pom for goodness sakes!

Take those scary sharp scissors again and give your pom a nice…

how to make pom poms

Easy, right? I am in love! I feel like I am back in 8th grade!

how to make pom poms

I’m thinking about making a ton to decorate the house for the holidays…

how to make pom poms

Every lamp needs a little pom pom bling, right?

About Emily Louise

Emily is a apron-wearing, camera-wielding, mother and pilots wife who has found her niche in discovering a reason to celebrate every day and enjoying the simple things life has to offer.

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