As co-director of our church's children's Christmas musical, I am responsible for finding six pairs of pom-poms for some "cheerleaders" in the play. Since we don't really have a budget for props, I looked for something really cheap, but that would still look good and "Christmas-y."
Do you know how hard it is to find a cheap set of red or green pom-poms?
After doing quite of bit of searching both locally and online, I came to the conclusion that it is actually next to impossible!
So I resorted to the homemade approach. I searched the internet and found one website that gave me some decent directions on how to make homemade pom-poms. I took the info, adapted it a bit (mainly in how to make the handle), and headed off to the party store to pick up the supplies.
I purchased two 1000 foot spools of curling ribbon (for a total of $5.98). I also purchased a pack of jelly bracelets ($.99). Armed with those supplies, some scrap cardboard, duct tape, pony-tail rubber bands, and a pair of scissors, I headed home and started to make the pom-poms. I was extremely pleased with the end product—I couldn't have been happier!
So, in case you need to make homemade "cheerleader" pom-poms in the future, here's how you can do it.
HOMEMADE CHEERLEADER POM-POMS
1. WRAP THE RIBBON: Take the ends of the curling ribbon and wrap them around your arm—like when you wrap an extension cord—many times (Every full wrap will give you two streamers in the pom-pom). The number of times will depend on how many streamers you want in the finished pom-pom. I've found that 100 streamers per pom-pom works well, so if you want 100 streamers, just wrap one ribbon 50 times (or 2 ribbons 25 times, etc.).
• To save time, you can wrap more than one strand of ribbon at a time. If you make two-color pom-pom, just wrap both colors at the same time.
• You can also wrap the ribbon around something smaller than your arm to make shorter streamers.
• Using two different types of ribbon can also give you a unique look. The pom-pom in the picture uses two different widths and styles of curling ribbon. Some of the ribbon naturally curled more than the other so it made a really full pom-pom.
2. CUT THE LOOPS: After you've wrapped the ribbon, cut the loops at one end giving you a stack of ribbon probably about 2 feet long or so (depending on how big you wrapped it).
3. ATTACH THE RIBBON TO THE BRACELET: Thread the ribbon into the jelly bracelet, pulling the ribbon so the jelly bracelet is in the middle of the length of ribbon. Then fold over the ribbon in the middle and secure it with a small rubber band.
4. MAKE THE HANDLE: Cut a piece of cardboard about three and a half inches long (or just longer than the length of the jelly bracelet) and about 2 inches wide. Then fold the cordboard in half lengthwise to give it a little more strength.
5. PUT IT ALL TOGETHER: Stretch the jelly bracelet around the length of the cardboard like a handle, and then tape over the cardboard, jelly bracelet, and the rubber-banded portion of the pom-pom with duct tape or electrical tape (the picture shows a set I made for my daughter using electrical tape, which was much easier to work with than duct tape).
6. OPTIONAL CURLING: If you'd like to add a little curl to the pom-pom, you can curl each of the streamers with a pair of scissors. Just be aware that curling the ribbon will make each streamer much shorter than it started, so you might want to wrap it around something large when you cut the ribbon originally. I curled the pom-poms I made for the musical, and they turned out so cute (especially since they were meant to be used by 6 year-olds!)