DIY Tassel Garland

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Tassels are not just functional in decor and fashion, but they also serve as a fun and colorful decorative item. Use inexpensive items, such as tissue paper, paper napkins and embroidery thread, to make your tassels and string them together to create festive garland.

Three types of tassel garlands.
Three types of tassel garlands. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

Things You'll Need: Tissue paper in a variety of colors Scissors Clear tape Ribbon, same color as tissue paper Ribbon or nylon cord (for hanging) Hot glue gun and hot glue (optional)

Step 1

Fold a piece of 20-by-20-inch tissue paper in half.

Tissue paper folded in half.
Tissue paper folded in half. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 2

Fold the tissue paper in half once again.

Folded in half the second time.
Folded in half the second time. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 3

Cut vertical slits to make fringe, as deep as you want, but leave at least 1/2 inch of paper un-fringed at the top to help the garland stay together.

Make a fringe with scissors.
Make a fringe with scissors. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 4

Unfold the fringed paper.

The tissue paper unfolded.
The tissue paper unfolded. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 5

Tightly roll the tissue paper down the middle crease. Continue rolling the paper all the way to the end to form the shape as shown.

Roll it to the end.
Roll it to the end. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 6

Twist the paper tightly in the middle.

The paper twisted in the middle.
The paper twisted in the middle. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 7

Fold the paper in half to create a tassel shape. Form a loop in the middle of the tassel and secure it with tape or hot glue. Wrap matching ribbon around the base of the loop if desired and secure it with tape.

Ribbon wrapped around the loop.
Ribbon wrapped around the loop. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 8

Repeat the steps to make as many tassels as you wish. String ribbon or nylon cord through the tassel loops and hang them.

Tissue paper tassel garland.
Tissue paper tassel garland. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Paper Napkin Tassel Garland

Things You'll Need: Paper napkins in varying colors Scissors Clear tape Ribbon or nylon cord (for hanging) * Hot glue gun and hot glue

Paper napkin garland.
Paper napkin garland. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 1

Cut vertical slits to make a fringe in the napkin, leaving about 1/2 inch of napkin un-fringed at the top.

Making the fringe.
Making the fringe. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 2

Unfold the napkin.

The napkin unfolded.
The napkin unfolded. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 3

Fold the napkin in half lengthwise.

Fold the napkin in half.
Fold the napkin in half. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 4

Fold the napkin in half lengthwise again.

Folded in half again.
Folded in half again. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 5

Continue folding the napkin until it is one long shape as shown.

The napkin folded all the way to the end.
The napkin folded all the way to the end. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 6

Twist tightly through the middle of the napkin.

Twisted through the middle.
Twisted through the middle. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 7

Fold the napkin tassel in half to form a loop and secure the loop with hot glue.

Form a loop.
Form a loop. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 8

String the tassel through a piece of ribbon or nylon cord and attach as many tassels as you would like to make a garland.

Hang the garland.
Hang the garland. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Embroidery Thread Tassel Garland

Things You'll Need: Embroidery thread in various colors 5-by-3-inch piece of cardboard or thick card stock * Ribbon or nylon cord (for hanging)

Step 1

Wrap embroidery thread longwise around the piece of cardboard approximately 10 to 12 times.

Wrap thread around the cardboard.
Wrap thread around the cardboard. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 2

Cut the bottom or the top of the loop.

Cut the bottom or top of the loop.
Cut the bottom or top of the loop. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 3

Carefully remove the strands from the cardboard and tie another piece of embroidery thread in the middle of the strands.

Tied knot in the the middle of the strands.
Tied knot in the the middle of the strands. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 4

Fold the strands in half and tie a loop at the top.

Make a loop.
Make a loop. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 5

Tie a knot around the top of the tassel, about 1/2 inch down from the loop. Wrap the thread around the tassel four times. Trim the bottom of the tassel if required so all the threads are even.

Tie a knot and loop it four times.
Tie a knot and loop it four times. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 6

Repeat the steps to make as many tassels as you wish. Thread the tassel loops through the ribbon or cord and hang the garland.

Thread the tassel garland.
Thread the tassel garland. (Image: Lucy Akins)

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