By now you might be able to tell that I’m having a little bit of a crepe paper love affair. So the other night while our family was getting pretty excited about the big basketball tournament I decided to make Kayla some special DIY crepe paper pom poms because she’s always begging my for those cheesy looking plastic ones you find in toy stores and I always refuse since they fall into the category of super duper cheap plastic toys.
All you need is some crepe paper (1 color or 2, it’s up to you) popsicle sticks, a clip of some sort to hold the paper, some scissors and tape. These are very quick and easy so you can definitely have a fairly young child help.
First I folded the crepe paper back and forth about 15-20 times and secured it on one end with the clip.
Next I snipped the loops on the end without the clip. You can do each one individually or to make yourself less insane you can just trim the whole end by about a 1/4″ which will eliminate all the loops in one cut!
Next you’ll shred the tissue cutting up to about an inch from the clip. You can make the strands as thick or thin as you want. My recommendation would be to cut it into about 5 sections for the most realistic pom pom shake without making the strands too thin and delicate.
Remove the clip and lay your popsicle stick in the top middle of the crepe paper. You might want to add a few dots of glue or some tape around the actual popsicle stick so your child can shake it like mad and it won’t come undone.
Tape the crepe paper around the popsicle stick. Be sure it’s really secure. I wrapped it tightly and went around a few times.
Then I added my contrasting color because our team is red and black. You can just use one color and follow the same instructions for solid color pom poms. I secured it to the popsicle stick with a piece of tape, wrapped it around tightly 5 or 6 times, taped in it in place and that was it!