what mariel made: diy tassle garland

I’ve seen these tassle-things pop up since last summer and thought they looked rather silly at first, but they’ve since grown on me and have  become quite popular in the decor world. I thought I’d “take a whack at it” (Parent Trap reference, anyone?) and make a tassle garland for a Christmas photo booth at my college ministry’s party. Naturally, the first place I looked to make a tassle garland was Pinterest, and I found this tutorial. It’s not hard at all, but you need to be very gentle with the tissue paper so as not to rip your tassles apart.

Here’s what you’ll need: (for 10 tassles)

  • 10 sheets of tissue paper (I used 1 packet of silver tissue paper and 1 packet of gold tissue paper)
  • string (from which to hang your tassles from and create the garland)
  • tape (how I secured my tassles, you could also use hot glue or more string)
  • scissors
  • *optional: ruler/pencil to mark lines

step 1: make sure tissue paper sheets are folded only in half + cut ~0.25-inch strips towards the center stopping about 1 inch from the center fold

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cutting the strips
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1 inch left at the top (the center fold)
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gonna end up with a “curtain” of strips of tissue paper
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i did the exact same with the 5 sheets of gold tissue paper (all stacked together just like with the silver tissue paper)
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gold version

step 2: once all the strips are cut, separate a single sheet of tissue paper + lay it out flat

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step 3: beginning from one end, slowly start rolling the paper up making sure it’s aligned along the center fold *tip: make sure to gently brush out the strips as you go, so as not to end up with a tangled tassle

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keep on rollin’

step 4: once you’re done rolling up the strips, fold the rolled-up structure along the center fold to create the actual tassle + secure with tape/string/glue

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step 5: secure tassles on a string + voilà! you’re ready to go!

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The tutorial that I used has many more detailed pictures. This is just how I did mine, and it shows what you can do for the holiday season with some metallic tissue paper. I think this garland would be very appropriate for a New Year’s Eve Party/photo booth as well! Overall, tassle garlands are pretty festive and appropriate for events ranging from birthdays to baby showers to bridal showers (heck, even just to have one hanging in your room). Experiment with different types of paper/fabric and string, and have fun with it!

I hope that y’all are enjoying this holiday season. I really wish y’all health, rest, and comfort this time of the year. Thanks for stopping by, and have a blessed day/night as always.

❤ mariel

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