camp home: tissue paper cheer pom poms

July 23, 2014

tissue paper cheer pom pomsTissue Paper Cheer Pom Poms

3/16″ x 12″ dowel (cut in half, so you end up with two 6″ pieces)
Twelve 16″ x 20″ sheets of tissue paper (the gift assorted packs work well)
Colored masking tape

1. Stack 6 sheets of various colored tissue papers together, fold over so that each side is 10″.  Cut 1/2″ slits down toward the fold (stopping 2″ away from the fold), all the way across the sheet.

tissue paper cheer pom pomstissue paper cheer pom poms2. Overlap 2″ of the dowel onto the 2″ of the tissue paper, add a bit of glue, and start rolling the tissue paper (the part that isn’t cut) around the dowel. If needed, continue to add dabs of glue as you roll to secure. Once the entire length is rolled,  wrap the 2″ of the tissue paper, where the dowel is wrapped, with your colored masking tape until the end of the dowel.

tissue paper cheer pom pomstissue paper cheer pom pomscheer pom pomstissue paper cheer pom pomsLet the kids turn your house into their very own cheer camp! Get ready for hootin’, hollerin’, and lots of jumping (possibly, somersaults too!). When I was in the second grade, it was my dream to be a Boston Celtics cheerleader and I distinctly remember drawing a picture of myself wearing a green cheer outfit and waving pom poms. My parents bought me a set of white, plastic, string ones, and I loved those a lot. Then, when I was in 4th grade I started taking private baton lessons and would compete doing baton (complete with sequins outfits, tight bun, and bright make-up). That changed my dream of being cheerleader for a basketball team into a baton twirler for a football team.

I loved the twirling, spinning, and catching the baton after it was spinning in the air. One time, I was practicing late in the backyard, my told me to come in since it was getting dark, but I didn’t listen… I was doing my routine, threw my baton high up in the air to spin, I spun around, then as I was waiting to catch it (it seemed to take a long time to come down and I couldn’t see it when I looked up), then BOING!, it hit me smack dab in the middle of my forehead and I got the biggest bump and bruise. I went to school the next day with a hat on.

tissue paper cheer pom pomstissue paper cheer pom pomstissue paper cheer pom pomsAnyway, you never know what dreams your kids may come up with, and what they eventually will want to pursue. Therefore, it’s fun being able to create with them now and explore things they might fall in love with, you never know when that spark will light up within them and become part of their dreams for their future. Obviously, I never became a cheerleader or baton twirler, but those silly dreams and pursuits all have helped shaped who I am today.

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6 comments on “camp home: tissue paper cheer pom poms”

  • Amaranta says:

    Hi! Nice activity for this summer.

  • These look so fun! I’m definitely pinning this to make 🙂

    When I was in high school, I wanted to be a cheerleader so bad. I tried out for cheerleading my freshman year and worked so hard practicing after school. I didn’t make the cut, and I was so heartbroken, I cried for days. That doesn’t stop me from being a pretend cheerleader now with my daughter!

  • nikki says:

    what a cute idea!


  • misha lulu says:


  • ADORABLE! I’m pinning half of your site for the day I am finally a mom. A friend introduced me to your site a while ago– she loves to read it and dream of being and mom. too 🙂

  • Melissa says:

    Fantastic! We did something similar with shiny foil wrapping paper from the dollar store. I probably love the pom poms more than my daughter. lol.

    I had a similar incident of obsession aka poor judgment.

    I practiced twirling my rifle in my bedroom during high school.

    Yes, I hit the overhead light and the glass fixture come crashing down.

    Almost 50 and still can’t stop twirling things.

    (I’m with you Valerie. Tears from not having made the cheer team. Thankfully twirling in marching band was open and waaaay more fun. I can’t imagine having to have paid attention to entire football or basketball game to cheer. lol!)

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