Tissue paper tassel garlands make beautiful wedding and party decorations. Use them as a backdrop for sweet tables and photo booths, hang them on tables or above any area that needs to be highlighted. Use one garland or lots of garlands for added impact.
They are so easy to make and you don't need to have any special tools to create them.
Here's how I made mine ...
Gather your supplies. You will need tissue paper (cut into 15"x20" sheets), scissors, glue (any glue that works on paper),ruler and string for hanging. Clothespins are an option.
Fold a sheet of 15"x20" tissue in a half so that it is 15"x10". You are going to cut fringes in the tissue a little less than 1/2 inch wide. You don't want to cut all the way to the folded edge so I measure about 1.5" down from the folded edge and mark it with a crease so that my fringes were all the same length. See my photo above.
Once you have cut all of the fringes, open the tissue paper up so that the uncut area is in the middle and you have fringes on either side. See photo above. If your tissue has a "front" and "back" you will want the "back" side facing up.
Starting at the bottom of the uncut middle section of the tissue, begin to roll the tissue paper to create your tassel. Continue to roll the centre section until you reach the top of the tissue paper.
Now you will twist and gently squeeze the solid section that we just rolled together. Your fringes were most likely twisted around as you were rolling in the last step - you can untangle them now so that they look like my photo above.
You will need to make a loop on your tassel for hanging. I like to add a little bit of glue to hold the loop in place. Use any glue that works with paper and dries quickly ...
twist where you added the glue and hold tight for a minute while the glue dries. I like to use large clothespins to hold my loop in place while it dries so my hands are free and I can continue to work on making more tassels!
Once all of your tassels have been made you can add them to a piece of twine, string or ribbon for hanging. You can make the string as long as you want. I like to place the tassels about 4 inches apart and tie each tassel in place on the string so that they don't move around when I'm hanging them.
Note: If you are using a bunch of colours, you may want to string them all in place before tying the tassels in place to make sure that you like the colour order and placement.
Your tassels may need to be smoothed out a bit once you have them in place. If you plan to make a bunch of these to hang at a later date, store them nicely so that they will not be crushed or ripped.
I will be making these tissue paper tassels with everyone at a special Creative Evening Wedding Workshop at Creative Bag in Mississauga on Thursday April 11th, 2013. This is a special evening for brides and their guests. Everyone will make a couple of diy wedding projects and I will be showing samples of our beautiful personalized wedding products that can be ordered online here. If you are getting married and would be interested in attending this free workshop leave me a comment on this post or send me an email and I will let you know more about the evening details. Please note that although the event is free, space is limited so you have to register to attend.