I spotted some tissue paper, tasseled garland on Pinterest and immediately wanted to make some for myself. It was pretty plain, just some twists hung together. But something about the fluttery colored tissue looked so good. I started thinking about how it would be nice to replicate the tassels but make them more elegant, more like a home decor tassel. So I came up with a quick way to add a rounded portion to the middle.
- Tissue Paper
- Scissors (Rotary cutter speeds this along)
- Wire (Only if you really need to reinforce the tissue)
I wanted to make a number of tassels in different colors at once so I stacked various colors together and cut long strips about 1/4 to 1/2 inch (and frankly all sizes in between).
Take two strips of paper and twist them together to make a tiny tissue paper rope. Then repeat.
Make two bundles with about half of your strips. Twist the middle together. Uh… Take a look at what I am talking about here:
Twist the two bundles together, curve them into a loop and tie with one of the tiny tissue paper ropes. If you want added strength you can twist the two bundles around a wire, but I found they were pretty sturdy without it.
Take 1/3 of a cotton ball and roll it in your hands to make a tighter ball. Gently separate the tissue paper pulling it back so you can get the cotton as close to the underside of the knot as possible. Then pull the tissue around the cotton to cover it and secure with the second rope. You can leave the rope ends or trim them off. I also tended to straighten the bottom of my tassels after they are complete by trimming them a bit.
Pushing the bottom rope up gently will make the ball portion a bit more rounded. You can get one tassel per half sheet of tissue paper. Plus you can see the tassels in more detail at my Spring Garland Photo Wall post.