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Hello friends,

I tricked you, I didn’t wait all the way until February to post my actual post. What can I say, I like to mix it up!

Today, I’m going to show you how to make tassel garlands. They’re incredibly adorable and easy to make. They’re a little time consuming, but they’re a nice touch for a party or just for some fun decoration.

Recently a friend and coworker decided to move on to new opportunities (and I’m super happy for her), so she obviously needed a going away party. Usually these kinds of things are handled by our Office Manager, but this person is absolutely adorable and needed an adorable party to send her off on the right note. That’s where I come in. I put together a really cute (if I do say so myself) pink and gold champagne and desserts party. I made most of the decorations, including the tassel garland.

So, you need to start off by figuring out your color scheme. I went for a dark pink, light pink and gold. Buy tissue paper in those colors. Once you have tissue paper and you’re ready to get busy, gather your materials: tissue paper, scissors, hot glue gun and ribbon.

Now take one piece of tissue paper and fold it in a hot dog fold, then a hamburger fold then another hamburger fold.

Full piece of tissue paper

Full piece of tissue paper

Hot Dog Fold

Hot Dog Fold

Hamburger Fold 1

Hamburger Fold 1

And hamburger fold 2. Anyone hungry yet?

And hamburger fold 2. Anyone hungry yet?

Alright, now you’re going to want to grab your scissors and start cutting strips. Leave about 2 inches or so at the top (make sure the top is on a fold). Since you’re cutting into a piece of thin paper that has been folded several times, I found it easier to put a weight on the top.

Chop Chop

Chop Chop

I could moonlight as a hair cutter person. Hahahahaha. No.

I could moonlight as a hair cutter person. Hahahahaha. No.

Remember all that folding you did earlier? Ha, what a waste of time because now you’re going to UNFOLD. Just once though.

Now Unfold

Now Unfold

Then you’re going to take your scissors and cut where the fold used to be (where there is currently a crease).

Cut that crease!

Cut that crease!

Now it’s time to separate the papers. If you followed the above steps correctly, you will have four pieces of fringy paper.

1, 2, 3, 4 fringy papers. Check

1, 2, 3, 4 fringy papers. Check

Alright, now one more unfolding. You’ll have a long piece of tissue paper that has fringe at the top AND bottom.

Final unfold

Final unfold

Next step – start rolling or twisting or whatever the kids are calling it these days.

Let's do the twist!

Let’s do the twist!

Keep twisting till it’s nice and tight.

Twist & Shout

Twist & Shout

Now you’re going to want to fold what you just twisted, leaving enough room to string it. Here’s where the hot glue comes in – glue the twist/fold in place so it never comes undone.

Twist, then fold.

Twist, then fold. Then glue.

Now repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat until you have enough tassels to fill your garland.

That's enough

That’s enough

Wait, NOW that's enough

Wait, NOW that’s enough

It’s a great way to add a handmade touch to any party. For babyshowers, you could do pink or blue. For weddings you could customize to your wedding colors. The world is your oyster.

– Sylvia

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