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?

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