You’ll be the life of the party when you know how to make this charming tassel garland. Sure you could buy this at a party store, but where’s the fun in that? They tend to be sort of pricey and get ripped easily, so you’re better off making your own version. Plus—this way you get to customize the colors you use. You'll be using tissue paper for this craft and it comes in basically every shade you can imagine.
Even if you’re not planning a party, this garland can be a festive piece of home décor that would look right at home in an office, kid’s room, or playroom. Here’s how to make a version yourself—you won’t believe how affordable and easy it is.
Gather Your Supplies
You won’t believe how little you need to complete this project on your own. It’s only a few supplies and then your own two hands. So no fancy supplies and pretty much nothing you have to go out and buy. What a relief, right?
- Tissue paper
- Decorative string
That's it, Only three supplies. We can’t remember the last time we did a project with so little.
Tip: This is the kind of project you’ll want to do while you’re watching Netflix because it’s not hard and it’s fairly repetitive. It actually gets soothing after a while.
Cut Your Fringe
Start out by folding your tissue paper in half and then fold each side of the tissue paper in half again. You’ll end up with two pieces that each have a fold.
From one sheet of 20x20 tissue paper, you'll be able to make two tassels. Just remember that each one needs a folded edge (you’ll see why in a second).
Take your scissors and cut a fringe down the entire length of the tissue paper. Leave an inch of tissue paper untouched across the entire top of the tissue paper (this will be the folded side). Try to make the strips even and thick enough that they won’t rip too easily.
Roll the Tassel
Unfold and lay the tissue out on a flat surface so you have fringe on one side, the uncut gap in the center, and then the fringe on the other side.
Firmly but gently, roll the uncut gap with the fringe on either side into a tube-like structure. Once you’ve rolled the entire length of the tissue paper, fold the tube in half and twist at the top to form a loop. Secure the loop with a small piece of string.
Repeat this entire process until you've made a bunch of tassels in several colors.
String It All Together
Take all of your finished tassels and add them onto a decorative string. Since you will see the string, you’ll want to make sure it’s both sturdy and pretty. Baker’s twine works really nicely for this project. Once the tassels are on the string, you can adjust and spread them out where you’d like them.
Time to decorate. This brightly colored garland will add plenty of personality wherever you choose to place it.