How To: Paper Tassel Garland

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We have made many of these little beauties over the past four years.  They are a gorgeous addition to any party, wedding, Christmas get-together or cocktail soiree .  They are the perfect mix of sophisticated and whimsical.    When choosing colours to use, choosing three colours works really well.  Then choose as many shades of each colour as you like.  You can’t go wrong with this formula.

Note: These garlands take longer than an hour to make.  Each garland we make with 20 tassels but you could make them with less.

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Materials

20 large pieces of tissue paper (different colours)
Ruler
Stanley knife
Craft Glue
Paintbrush or skewer
Cord (to string the tassels)

Method

1. Fold your piece of tissue paper in half lengthwise, right sides facing out.

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2. Fold the tissue paper in half again (this makes it quicker to cut).

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3. Using the ruler to guide you, cut the tissue paper into small slices, with the Stanley knife. Start cutting a few inches below the fold of the paper. Cut strips along the whole length of tissue paper.

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4.Carefully unfold the tissue paper, right side facing up.

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5. Fold the tissue paper in half, then in quarters, then again until it is a thin strip in the middle.

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6. Twist the centre of the tissue paper in the middle and fold it over (as in photo below).

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7. Using a paintbrush or skewer, paint glue onto the twisted part, then twist it together, leaving a loop on the top of the tassel.

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8. Secure the tassels at the bottom of the twist with a peg until the glue has dried.

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9. String the tassels onto a piece of string or cord and hang on a wall or in a doorway. Space the tassels out evenly. When you take the tassels down, tie them onto the string in a circle and store them in a bag. Try to keep the tassels straight and they can be used again and again.

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