DIY Tassel Garland

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This DIY Tassel Garland is easy to make, inexpensive, and add a fun, colorful, and festive touch to any party or celebration!

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

Today I’m going to tell you how I made the DIY Tassel Garland you saw in the photos from my mom’s 60th birthday party this past weekend.

Although this project will take some time, making a DIY tassel garland is very simple and cost effective. Plus, when your guests find out you actually made the garland, their response will be “What!?!” It’s pretty cool.

I ended up making four of these garlands and scattering them throughout the house to tie everything together. I even hung a mini one in the bathroom. Don’t forget to decorate the bathroom!

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

The base of these tassels is tissue paper, so you can do any combination of colors to match your event. I purchased most of my tissue paper on Amazon to get the colors I wanted. Be sure to get quality tissue paper. It will make the process much easier. You can also change up your string (I chose a string with a metallic thread from Jo-Ann Fabrics.) and your tape. This shiny gold tape is from Staples, but any sort of decorative washi-style tape would do the trick.

Also, be aware that there is a certain famous craftsy woman who sells a “fringe-cutter.” It’s kind of like a paper cutter, but it’s supposed to create fringe in tissue paper. I’ll save you some money. It doesn’t work. Stick with scissors.

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

Okay. Now, let’s get crafting.

How to Make a DIY Tassel Garland:

You will need:
tissue paper
scissors
decorative tape
string or twine

Begin with one piece of tissue paper. (One piece of tissue paper will make four tassels.)

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

Fold it in half lengthwise.

Tassel Garland Step 2

Then, fold in half widthwise.

Tassel Garland Step 3

Fold again widthwise.

Tassel Garland Step 4

Next, cut your fringe starting from the bottom, unfolded side. Cut up to the top leaving about a two inch band that is uncut. Your strips can be as thin or as thick as you’d like.

Tassel Garland Step 5

Unfold once and cut in half from the top of the fold to the end of the fringe.

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DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

This will give you three pieces. Unfold them. Two will look like this, ready for the next step.

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

The other piece will be double the size of the two other pieces. Cut this in half lengthwise. You will now have four sections that are the same size.

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

Now take one piece and start to roll the uncut center area lengthwise. As you roll, pay attention to the fringe so it doesn’t get tangled.

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

Once rolled, start to twist the center area until it’s tight. Then fold it in half twisting the side in opposite directions until it make a little loop at the top.

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

Next, cut a piece of tape (about 1.5 inches long) and wrap it around this section to secure.

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

Continue making tassels until you have as many as you will need.

You’re then ready to string them up. Cut the desired length of string. Add one tassel at a time and make a simple knot to attach.

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

Continue adding tassels and knotting them in place. The distance between each tassel is up to you. I found that 3 inches worked well for the number of tassels I had.

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

After all of your tassels are attached to the string, you’re ready to hang up the garland!

DIY Tassel Garland

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

The process is a bit tedious, so give yourself plenty of time. However, once you get the hang of them, they come together easily.

Looking for more party decor ideas? Check out these:

DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm

I hope you found this DIY Tassel Garland tutorial helpful. Happy entertaining!

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33 Comments

  1. What kind of tape did you use? I’ve tried multiple different gold washi tape variations and they don’t adhere? Very curious to hear what worked for you.
    Thanks!

  2. Thank you! I\m attempting to decorate for a graduation with social distancing in mind, Spring 2020. I’m thinking of trying this with plastic table cloths so I can fancy up our chain link fence and patio area. This way, it shouldn’t matter if it rains after the decorations are put in place.