Tissue Tassel Tutorial

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We keep seeing these amazing tissue paper tassel garlands all over Pinterest. Weddings, birthdays, showers . . . it seems no party is complete without these festive decorations. So we experimented and found our favorite technique to make them!

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The materials list is super short! Just pick some tissue in your desired colors, grab some glue and scissors, and find a cute ribbon or twine to string your finished cuteness together.

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First cut a sheet of tissue paper in half lengthwise. (You will get two tassels from each sheet of tissue!) Fold that tissue in half to create a square. Bring the folded edge to the halfway point of the square of tissue, crease and unfold. Use this crease (1/4 from the folded edge) as a guideline for creating your fringe.

Cut thin strips, ending at the creased guideline. When your fringe is complete, unfold the tissue and spread the fringe to either side. Fold up a small portion of the tissue, and continue folding up the whole piece, finishing by gluing the last fold to secure.

Twist the solid, not fringed portion in the middle to create a sort of rope. Fold in half, and twist to create a small hanging loop. Use glue to secure.

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Make a giant pile of tassels (seriously, make a LOT. We found you need about 3 1/2 tassels per foot of garland). String the tassels onto your chosen ribbon, in a pleasing pattern and evenly distributed. You may choose to crowd them closer together or spread them further apart but what we’ve done here is a nice happy medium.

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Diecut Shortcut: While we were making huge amounts of tassels, we discovered a little shortcut! If you’re local to us, come in and use the die cut center to cut all your fringe. Fold the tissue in quarters, line the 1/4 guideline up with the edge of the blades on the fringe die (#XLC6) and run it through the die cut machine. Don’t worry if you’ve never done any die-cutting before, our helpful staff will show you how! And it’s always free to use when your purchase your supplies here.

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Do you have an upcoming party that needs a little extra festive flair? Try tissue paper tassels and make a garland for a mantle, window, railing, or above a table. Where will you hang yours?

Tissue Paper Pom Pom

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One of our favorite party decorations is tissue paper poms poms (along with the ever popular banners). They’re so easy to make in whatever color you need to match your party theme or decor and a great way to make a simple space look festive. Try them clustered in corners or hanging at varying heights from the ceiling. Since there are a lot of different techniques to make these fun pom poms, we thought it was time to show you our preferred method. This makes a medium sized pom, using only three sheets of tissue paper.

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1. Materials: 3 sheets tissue paper, pipe cleaner, scissors 2. Lay out three sheets of tissue flat 3. Fold tissue in half 4. Accordion pleat tissue paper lengthwise 5. Cinch pleated tissue in the middle with a pipe cleaner 6. Trim off ends in a rounded, petal shape 7. Fan out tissue paper 8. Pull each layer of tissue towards the center 9. Fluff up into a nice round pom pom

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Once you master this basic pom pom, you can scale it up or down, play with multiple colors (check out our striped Seahawks pom poms for inspiration), or even spray paint them a custom color if you can’t find just the right shade of tissue paper. To make a larger version, use 10 sheets of paper and skip step #3 where you fold the tissue in half. To make smaller versions, cut your sheets of tissue smaller before beginning the folding process. Using a spray paint to color a pom pom will not result in a solid colored pom but instead creates a really beautiful ombre effect with the outer “petals” a more intense color, fading to white at the center.

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Mason Jar Minions

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Hey crafty friends! Aren’t these little Minions totally adorable? Our very own Nikki in the Craft Department whipped these up. All it takes is some mason jars, a little felt, googly eyes, pipe cleaner hair, and appropriately colored candy (we used Sixlets) and you can have your very own Minions! Just when you thought mason jars couldn’t get any cuter… Why not collect a variety of sizes and shapes of mason jars, fill them with candy and then let the kids decorate? We think it would make a fun party craft that doubles as a party favor!

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Easy Knotted Hairclip

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This is the simplest little hairclip but so so cute! (Ever since I cut my hair shorter, I’ve been obsessed with sweet little clips.) A simple knot in the ribbon adds interest to an otherwise basic clip. Velvet ribbon makes it elegant and the gold dotted ribbon is extra special!

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Materials:
60mm alligator hairclips
1/4″ wide strong double sided tape
8 inches velvet ribbon per clip
scissors
Fray Check
Optional: rhinestones, buttons, embellishments

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Loosely tie a knot in the velvet ribbon slightly off center. You should have approximately 3.5″ of ribbon to the left and 2.25″ to the right. Apply Fray Check to the ends of the ribbon to prevent fraying.

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Starting on the inner edge, run double sided tape over the hairclip and continue to wrap around the full length-stopping at the two prongs on the back. Peel off the backing.

Beginning with the longer side before the knot, press and smooth down the velvet ribbon-starting on the inside edge again with the hairclip. The knot should end up being placed just before the end of the hairclip that curves up, and then the remaining 2.25” wrap around the remaining taped area.

You may choose to add a rhinestone or other embellishment just next to the knot to add a little sparkle, but these clips also look wonderful simple and unadorned.

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See how cute? I’m a huge fan of wearing two at a time. Double the cuteness, right? And the velvet texture of the ribbon is so luxurious. What color will you make?

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Beachy Shell Lights

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Our very clever and creative ladies in the floral department came up with this wonderful beachy light strand. We think it fits in perfectly with any nautical or beach decor, whether for a party or everyday. The shells glow softly from within and look lovely paired with anchors, starfish, weathered wood, and fishnet.

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This project couldn’t be easier. Using hot glue, glue two closely matched shells around a light, pressing firmly until set. Add as many shells as you wish. For ours we chose to leave every other light shell-less, giving it a more delicate appearance.

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Even if you live far from the ocean, bring the beach indoors this summer. You can feel like a mermaid or bathing beauty all the time!

Elegant Ribbon Loop Headband

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Our amazing ribbon guru, Nicole, found this lovely grosgrain ribbon headband on Pinterest and decided to try her hand at recreating it. We took step-by-step pictures so you could make your own!

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You will need:
a wide plastic headband,
7/16″ wide strong double sided tape (we like either Meriken or Wonder Tape brand),
1 1/4 yards of 3/4″ wide grosgrain ribbon,
1/2 yard of 1 1/2″ wide grosgrain ribbon,
hot glue gun and glue sticks,
and scissors.

Begin by cutting the narrower grosgrain ribbon into
twelve 3″ pieces,
one 6″ piece,
and one 2 1/2″ piece.
Leave the wide grosgrain ribbon in one piece.

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Cover one side of the wide grosgrain ribbon with double sided tape and peel off the backing. Lay the ribbon, sticky tape side down and centered, on the plastic headband and fold ends over. You will have some ribbon overhanging the edge of the headband, so wrap that around and press it onto the underside of the headband.

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Take the twelve 3″ pieces of narrow ribbon and fold in half. Apply a small line of hot glue on one end and press the other end onto it, creating a tear-drop shaped loop. Repeat for each 3″ piece so you have twelve loops.

Put the headband on and determine how low you want your ribbon loops to go. We chose to start just above the ear. With the loop-side down, glue the first loop straight onto the covered headband, aligned with the edges. Glue the next loop above and overlapping the first, and angled to the left. Then glue the next loop above and to the right. Continue gluing the loops in this pattern.

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Create a bow with the remaining pieces of narrow grosgrain ribbon. Overlap the ends of the 6″ piece of ribbon to create a round loop. Flatten the loop with the overlapped ends in the center and glue to secure. Wrap your last piece of ribbon, the 2 1/2″ piece around the center and glue. Finally, glue this bow onto the headband, overlapping the ends of your last loop.

Helpful Hints: Fray check can be used on the cut ends of the ribbon to prevent them from fraying.

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We think the finished headband looks simple and sophisticated. It’s perfect for when you still want to be a bit girly, but without fussy frills. Where will you wear this pretty, elegant accessory?

Homestate Shaped Corkboard

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We’ve seen some really cool ideas for cutting shaped corkboards on Pinterest and we thought it would be so cute to make one to show some Washington pride! Of course you could make this in any shape you like but how sweet would this be for a college student going to school out of state? Functional for notes and also a little reminder of home.

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After we made this I realized we hadn’t gotten any pictures to illustrate how to make it (do you ever get so excited to do a project all other things fly out of your head? yeah? us too!) so I remade a mini version to show you all. You really can make this whatever size you like!

All you need is:
corkboard backed with foamcore
template of shape to cut
permanent marker
cutting blade

I also used scissors to precut my template and some pushpins to hold the template on the corkboared while I traced around it, but they didn’t make it into the picture. The size of corkboard you need will be determined by your desired finished size. We carry a foamcore-backed corkboard that is 20×30″ so we used that size and made our template as big as would fit. On the mini version I just used a scrap that was about 4×5″.

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To create your template, either draw or print the image at the size you have chosen. If you choose to print your image and it is larger than standard printer paper, either have it printed at a printshop like Kinko’s or print it tiled on your home computer and tape the pieces together. Cut out the image with scissors and attach it to the corkboard with pushpins. Trace around the outside with a permanent marker. Try to make your line thick and even but you can always touch it up after you do your cutting.

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Remove the template and cut around the outside of the drawn line, right at the edge. Ideally, you do not want to cut off much of your black line since that helps it stand out nicely against your wall. Usually you will need to go over a section of line a few times with your blade to cut through the thickness of corkboard and foamcore. (Please don’t cut on a nice wood surface like your dining room table without a cutting mat below. I just used our wood counter for photo-taking purposes, but when I actually cut I always use a self healing mat.)

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Easter Basket Tutu

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What little girl doesn’t love a fun and frilly tutu for dress-up? Easter is coming up and a pretty pastel one seems like just the thing. Why not slip one of these tulle confections onto an Easter basket for a fun surprise she’ll enjoy even after all the chocolate and jelly beans are gone?

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To make this, follow our instructions for a basic tutu, making sure the elastic is large enough to fit around your chosen basket, and secure if necessary (we used monofilament because it’s pretty much invisible but wire or sewing thread would work too). Then just fill your basket with all sorts of cute Easter eggs! We found so many fun painted, chalkboard, glittered, and decoupage eggs on Pinterest (are you following us? you should be!) so if you’re inspired by the contents of our basket too, check out the links that inspired us. Whatever you do, have a happy, crafty Easter!

Totally Tutu

Here at the craft store, we are totally obsessed with tutus! They’re fun for any occasion, and any age (we’ve even seen some made for dogs! woah!) so get your supplies together and get crafting!

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You can choose to use all one color tulle or mix up several fun colors. Similar shades look nice but adding a contrasting color can be bold and fun too. For a small child, toddler, or infant you may need less tulle but for a teen or adult we recommend at least 3 or 4 rolls of 25 yards each (more if you want it extra full or long). Use at least 1 inch wide elastic as narrower elastic may dig into the waist and be uncomfortable.

To begin, measure and cut elastic to fit your waist so it fits snugly where you plan to wear your tutu. Overlap cut ends of the elastic about an inch and hand stitch to secure. This part doesn’t have to be pretty since it will all be covered by tulle in the finished tutu. Just make sure it will hold! Cut your tulle into strips twice as long as you want your finished tutu to be.

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Take a piece of tulle and tie it onto the elastic. The neatest knot is a lark’s head knot (just learned the name of this super simple knot I use all the time!) which is shown below. Simply fold your length of tulle in half and place it behind the elastic. Bring the ends around to the front and slip them through the loop of tulle. Pull ends of tulle until the knot is secure against the elastic and adjust as needed.

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Continue tying knots in this manner until your tutu is full enough to your liking. A shorter tutu will look fuller with less tulle but a long one will needs lots and lots of pieces if you want it big and fluffy. Make it just how YOU like it!

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Helpful Hints: Try slipping the elastic over something like a box or chair that will hold it taut while still allowing you to easily tie pieces of tulle on. For this one I used a basket that was just the right size. Sometimes craft projects seem like they require an extra pair of hands just to hold everything but this one can totally be done without growing an extra pair!

Football Cupcake Toppers

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We’ve already had some people in the store asking for ideas for dressing up cupcakes for their party on Sunday so we whipped up these fun football and 12th man cupcake toppers, as well as some cupcake wraps in Seahawks colors.

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They simply could not be easier. For the football toppers, we cut mini football shapes out of this awesome football textured scrapbooking paper at our die cut center (and if you’ve never die cut before, our helpful staff will show you what to do!). We also went over the stitch lines on the die cut with a white pen to make them pop more and then glued a toothpick or mini dowel to the back. When gluing, hold the pieces together with a little piece of masking tape

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The 12th man toppers used a combination of punches and die cuts. Cut the 12 using our 1.25″ Block letters at the die cut center and then use a 1 3/4″ circle punch and a larger starburst punch for the circles. Layer the pieces how you want and glue your toothpick or mini dowel on the back just as you did with the football toppers.

We also cut some super simple cupcake wraps out of Seahawks colored cardstock, in this case a cute dotty paper. These are incredibly easy to make using die J151 and don’t even require glue to put together. Whether you’re baking your own cupcakes or dressing up store bought ones, don’t forget these fun details to make your party complete!

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