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.
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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)

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

Tissue paper folded in half.
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Fold the tissue paper in half once again.

Folded in half the second time.
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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.
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Unfold the fringed paper.

The tissue paper unfolded.
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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.
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Twist the paper tightly in the middle.

The paper twisted in the middle.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Unfold the napkin.

The napkin unfolded.
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Fold the napkin in half lengthwise.

Fold the napkin in half.
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Fold the napkin in half lengthwise again.

Folded in half again.
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Continue folding the napkin until it is one long shape as shown.

The napkin folded all the way to the end.
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Twist tightly through the middle of the napkin.

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

Form a loop.
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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.
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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)

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

Wrap thread around the cardboard.
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Cut the bottom or the top of the loop.

Cut the bottom or top of the loop.
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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.
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Fold the strands in half and tie a loop at the top.

Make a loop.
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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.
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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.
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