It’s that time of year again. The time when so many of us spend Thursday, and Sunday AND Monday nights glued to the TV screen. It’s football time!
I admit, I’m not the fan in my house. But my hubby goes so hard for the Pittsburgh Steelers that I swear he bleeds black and yellow. Which means that he loves any and everything in those colors. So what does a good wife do? Well, when Walmart challenges you to share a game time story, you make tissue paper pom poms in your hubby’s team colors so he can cheer them on. Of course!
This is a safe, simple project that even kids can do by themselves.
DIY Team Color Tissue Paper Pom Poms
- Tissue paper in team colors, at least 8 sheets total, but more for fuller poms
- 1-4 popsicle or craft sticks
- Duck tape
— STEP 1 —
Lay your sheets of tissue paper flat on top of each other, alternating your team colors. So I had four stacked sheets of yellow, then black, yellow, then black.
— STEP 2 —
Fold the stacked sheets in half lengthwise, making a crisp crease.
— STEP 3 —
From the raw edge, begin cutting the paper into 1-2 inch strips, stopping a couple of inches from the fold line.
— STEP 4 (optional) —
Stack four craft sticks and wrap the bottom half with Duck tape. I did this because I wanted a sturdy, thick handle, but you can use just a single craft stick if it’s comfortable to hold.
— STEP 5 —
Place the craft stick(s) on top of the folded edge of your sheets, overlapping it with the uncut area. Begin wrapping that uncut paper around the craft stick, keeping the paper as flat as possible as you roll.
— STEP 6 —
Secure the paper to the craft stick handle with Duck tape.
If you’d like a bigger, fuller pom pom, add as many layers of paper as you’d like. Simply wrap this layer a little bit lower on the craft stick than the first layer. Because I’m me, and the black and white chevron tissue paper was too pretty to resist, I did my second layer in yellow, black and white.
— STEP 7 (optional) —
For a more “authentic” look, crinkle the tissue paper a bit.
Once you hold up the pom pom, you may find that you may have to trim some strips so that they’re all about the same length. But that’s it! You have yourself a pom pom!
FACE PAINT, TOO!
Now, if you really want to be a super fan, but you’re a little short on team gear, head to the Walmart Halloween department and pick up a set of makeup crayons for less than $2.
Then, you can rock the team logo on your face.
Admittedly, the Steelers have a pretty simple logo, so this might not go quite so well if you favor a team with a more complicated one. Still, you could always do your favorite player’s number, the team initials or something else. The point is that you don’t have to be a loud, shirtless guy at the football stadium to wear face paint.
Anyway, put it all together and what do you get? Three cheers for awesome!
Now that you’re ready to get your super fan on, I have one more tip for the cableless football lovers out there. We ditched cable when we moved into our new house, because who really needs it as long as you have internet + Netflix and Hulu, right? Well, that was a great idea in theory. Until we realized we wouldn’t be able to watch sports live. So we did what any enterprising young sports fans would do: We went to Walmart and bought a GE digital TV antenna. (aff)
NFL games air on local affiliates, including CBS and Fox. Problem solved, and crisis averted. Now we’re really ready for football season. And real-time episodes of Scandal. Of course.
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