Tassel Garland

December 20, 2012

Hi there! My name is Dani of Kittenbear. I’m taking over the Craft DIY column on Drifter & the Gypsy. I thought we’d kick things off with an easy DIY for you to try!

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I’m one of these people who love to decorate. Every year I go all out for pretty much any event I can put up some kind of celebratory decoration! It’s a habit that is not without its downfalls. More and more I’ve noticed that decorations are getting more and more expensive, which is crazy when you can make them yourself! I’m here to show you my favourite homemade decoration: the tassel garland! The best thing about this baby, apart from how ridiculously cheap and easy they are to make. You can whip one up for any occasion!

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Now let’s get down to it: You’ll need tissue paper or cellophane paper in your choice of colours, scissors, string and a long piece of cord.

tassel garland - drifter and the gypsy blog

1 & 2. Take your tissue or cellophane paper and fold one sheet of paper in half width-wise. Take your scissors and start to cut strips of fringe along the unfolded short edge of your folded tissue, leaving about 10cm of uncut tissue along the folded edge. You can make your fringing as thin or thick as you like, it all depends on your preferences.

3. Carefully, so as not to rip your fringing, unfold the paper into a flat single sheet. You should have fringing on either side of the paper.

4. Starting from one end (with the fringing still on either side) begin to roll the paper up into a tight tube of sorts. Be careful to keep the fringe untangled.

5. Once you have rolled the whole sheet, take the solid centre and twist gently until secure. Curl the centre on itself to create a loop at the top of the tassel. Secure with a bit of string or even thin tape of a similar colour.

6. Repeat steps 1 – 4 until you have as many tassels as you need for your garland. Trim your ends if desired and string your tassel onto a long piece of cord, leaving enough room to tie off when you hang it up.

tassel garland - drifter and the gypsy blog

And that’s it! You can string your garland up anywhere you like! Talk about an easy way to decorate for a special occasion!

tassel garland - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

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