If you are organizing a cheerleading squad, then you know how expensive cheerleading equipment and gear can be. For example, you could end up spending a great deal of money just on the pom-pom shakers the cheerleaders need for their cheers. However, you can make your own pom-pom shakers using inexpensive materials from most craft supply stores. This can also allow you to choose the specific colors that you need for your cheerleading squad.
Things You'll Need
Elastic hair tie
1-by-4-inch wood dowel
Colored duct tape
Cut ribbon streamers to measure 24 inches long. Use as many or as few streamers as you want. Using fewer streamers will cause the resulting pom-pom shaker to feel thin, while shakers with a lot of streamers will make a thick pom-pom.
Place all the streamers in a stack, and grasp the stack in the middle. If the alignment of the individual streamers are off by an inch or two, that is fine.
Knot the middle of the streamers tightly onto an elastic hair tie.
Wrap the hair tie tightly around a wooden dowel that's 4 inches long.
Wrap the wooden dowel and the loop of the streamers using colorful duct tape. This will be the handle of the pom-pom shaker. You can use any color duct tape you prefer, which will make the handle look more finished.