Have you guys seen these beautiful tassel garlands that have been floating around Pinterest for months now? I have to say, I’m in love. I’ve been itching for an excuse to make one and I finally broke down last weekend and made one.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- tissue paper – 1 sheet makes 1 tassel
- scissors and/or and exacto knife
- cardboard (to cut on)
- glue gun
- straight edge – I used an envelope, a ruler would be better
Start by separating out 1 sheet of tissue paper, fold it half one length wise and width wise. Grab your exacto knife and straight edge. . .
. . . and cut 1/2″ strips in your tissue paper.
Work your way across until the entire piece is cut into strips. I did this both with the knife and scissors and I have to say, scissors make the process much easier and faster. You’ll probably get more precise lines with the exacto knife but it does take a good bit longer.
When you get done, unfold your tissue paper so that it looks like a giant centipede.
(Before you do this, plug your glue gun in so it will be ready.)
Now start rolling.
Do your best to keep the roll as tight as possible but know that it will still look great if it gets a little loose.
While you’re rolling, you’ll notice that the tassels start to twist together. Stop every few inches and untwist them, otherwise you’ll have a tangled mess at the end.
Now that the whole thing is rolled up, begin twisting the center part, twist until the 2 sides kind of fold over to make the tassel.
Fit your tassel over your string or yarn and then grab your glue gun. Add a small drop in the middle of the fold and press and hold until the glue is set.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking, ‘1 sheet of tissue paper?? That doesn’t seem like it would make a very big tassel.’ You (and me) would be wrong. I made my first tassel a ‘double tassel’ and this is what it looked like.
It was HUGE.
So let me save you the hassle, 1 sheet is enough and in fact, you may even want a half sheet.
Attach all of your tassels to your string and you’re all set!