How to make tassel garland

Pink and Gold Tassel Garland on white and grey backgrounds.

 

We’ve been seeing tassel garland everywhere lately, and, as it turns out, this DIY tissue paper garland is super easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of supplies. And the best part? Since the main supply is tissue paper, you can customize the colors to perfectly match your party!

In this tissue paper garland tutorial, we’ll show you how to make tassel garland that’s great for parties, photo backdrops, and fun home décor. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies you'll need: tissue paper, hot glue gun and glue, twine, scissors

Step 1: Take one piece of tissue paper, lay it completely flat, and smooth out any wrinkles as best as possible. Then fold in half once across the width.

Step 2: Fold in half again, lengthwise. Then make another lengthwise fold.

Steps 1-2 illustrated with hands folding a sheet of tissue paper

Step 3: Leaving about an inch and a half at the top of the folded tissue paper—the top is the end with all the folds—use scissors (or a razor) and a ruler to make thin slices all the way to the end of the folded tissue paper. Make sure you’re cutting through all the sheets of paper so you don’t have to re-cut the same line.

Step 4: Once you’ve made your slices, unfold the paper once and make another slice, leaving an inch and a half at the top in the middle of the fold.

 

Step 5: Unfold the paper again and slice all the way down the middle fold, creating two separate pieces of tissue paper.

Steps 3-5 illustrated with hands using a ruler and razor to cut tassels in a sheet of tissue paper

Step 6: Unfold one of the pieces of tissue paper you just cut and lay it flat. Make sure to carefully untangle any rogue tassels. Starting at the bottom, begin rolling up the paper from the middle.

Step 6 illustrated with hands rolling up the paper from the middle

Step 7: Once completely rolled, twist the middle area tightly, gently untangling tassels as you go. You should have about 2 ½ inches tightly rolled for the next step.

Step 8: Make a loop against the direction you were twisting and keep twisting around itself for about half an inch.

 

Step 9: Place a small dab of hot glue on the twisted part to make sure it stays.

Steps 7-9 illustrated with hands twisting the middle area into a loop

Step 10: Repeat steps 1-9 until you’ve created the desired amount of tassels.

Step 11: String the tassels onto your twine and find a great spot to display your craftiness!

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