DIY Tassel Garland

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. (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

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

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

Step 2

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

Fold the tissue paper in half once again.

Step 3

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

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.

Step 4

The tissue paper unfolded. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Unfold the fringed paper.

Step 5

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

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.

Step 6

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

Twist the paper tightly in the middle.

Step 7

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

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.

Step 8

Tissue paper tassel garland. (Image: Lucy Akins)

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

Paper Napkin Tassel Garland

Paper napkin garland. (Image: Lucy Akins)

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

Step 1

Making the fringe. (Image: Lucy Akins)

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

Step 2

The napkin unfolded. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Unfold the napkin.

Step 3

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

Fold the napkin in half lengthwise.

Step 4

Folded in half again. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Fold the napkin in half lengthwise again.

Step 5

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

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

Step 6

Twisted through the middle. (Image: Lucy Akins)

Twist tightly through the middle of the napkin.

Step 7

Form a loop. (Image: Lucy Akins)

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

Step 8

Hang the garland. (Image: Lucy Akins)

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

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 thread around the cardboard. (Image: Lucy Akins)

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

Step 2

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

Cut the bottom or the top of the loop.

Step 3

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

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

Step 4

Make a loop. (Image: Lucy Akins)

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

Step 5

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

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.

Step 6

Thread the tassel garland. (Image: Lucy Akins)

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