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Homemade pompoms with DIY expert Julie Laperouse

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BATON ROUGE - DIY expert Julie Laperouse returned to the News 2 set this afternoon to talk about a method she has come up with to take ordinary household waste and make it into a tool you and your family can use to cheer on your favorite team this fall.

Julie knows that you more than likely already have everything you need to make some homemade pom poms in your house right now. Maybe you keep them under the sink intending to use them later but never get around to it. Perhaps you use them when you scoop the litter box. Whatever you intended to use them for, Julie says plastic bags, with a bit of applied creativity, can become a neat accessory for your kid's sporting events or other fall activities where cheering is required.

Our DIY expert in residence has experimented with the plastic bag pompom assembly procedure, and she arrived at the magic number of six to eight bags to achieve optimal pompom "pomminess". To make your own, follow these directions:

*Acquire 6-8 plastic grocery bags
*Make sure plastic bags are clean and dry (i.e.: not already used for kitty litter duty)
*Open the bags up flat and lay them on top of each other
*Gather the bottom together and secure with ponytail holder or rubber band
*If you're an especially enthusiastic cheerleader, use a highlighter or pencil and stick it in the middle to create a handle, securing with the elastic holder device
*Flatten the bags back out and cut roughly 5 lines across the gathered bags
*Trim the top of the bags by about 3 inches
*Scrunch and fluff the bags to bring your pompom into shape

To ramp up the festivity or sport some team colors, Julie recommends wrapping some ribbon around the handle similar to the technique one would use for a bouquet. Ribbons can also be added into the bags themselves to bring out even more color because grocery bags are usually clear or white and may appear relatively dull under the stadium lights.

Julie didn't get the chance to mention it, but keeping plastic bags out of landfills and the environment is an excellent goal regardless of whether you enjoy sports or not.

As always, for more of Julie Laperouse's DIY tips visit her website at screamingpeacock.net or follow her on Twitter @scmgpeacock.

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