Quick Cheerleader Costume
Hip, hip, hooray! Thin strips of plastic bags create authentic-looking pom-poms that are both inexpensive and easy to make.
What You'll Need:
- Plastic grocery bags
- Twist ties
- Electrical tape
- Cracker or cereal box
1. Gather six plastic bags and secure just below handles with a twist tie. Trim the bottom off each bag.
2. Fringe 1/2"-wide vertical strips in each bag, stopping 1/2" below the twist tie. Wrap electrical tape around the twist tie to secure. Repeat for second pom-pom.
Shoe and hair pom-poms:
1. Cut and stack nine 4" squares of plastic bag.
2. Cut parallel strips 1/4" wide on opposite sides, leaving a 1/2" section in the center uncut. Wrap a twist tie around the center and use to secure to shoelaces or hair rubber band.
Cut out a 4" star from a cracker or cereal box and tape to your child's sweater.
Originally published in the October 2009 issue of Parents magazine.