Happy Sunday everyone! I woke up to a thunderstorm this morning (Queue “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5 am I right?!) and what’s better than crafting on a rainy summer day? Nothin’. So that is exactly what I did, with the company of a few of my best friends.
As seen all around the Pinterest-sphere, tassel garlands are quite the trend. Made from all different colors, these decorations can cost up to a whopping $50. How these things could be worth that much, I don’t know. But what I do know is that they’re extremely simple to make. I made one already for my dorm, and it turned out perfect. Today, I’ll show you a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own tassel garland, with the help of one of my best friends, Jacklin (thanks Jax!).
- Tissue Paper
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Twine, String, Wire, etc. (For Hanging)
- Select a sheet of tissue paper in any color you’d like. (Hint: to add some sparkle to your garland one of your papers should be metallic– I found mine at Michael’s) One sheet makes four tassels, which was enough for me. If you’re wanting a longer garland, simply use more tissue paper, but remember 1 paper = 4 tassels
- Fold your paper “hot dog” style (horizonally)
- Fold your paper “hamburger” style (vertically)
- Fold it again “hamburger”style
- On the edge that isn’t the folded edge, begin cutting from the bottom up, stopping about 2″ from the top of the paper. I usually cut my fringe to be around 1cm but you can cut it how ever skinny or fat you’d like
- Cut until you’ve done the whole sheet
- Unfold the paper once
- Cut down the middle so you have two separate sheets
- One sheet will be needed to be cut once more down the middle
- You should now have 4 undone tassels
- Unfold one of the four sheets
- Gather the sheet at the middle (where there is no fringe) by pinching, or you can roll it
- Twist the center
- Create a loop by twisting the whole center
- Place one dot of hot glue in the loop
- Squeeze the loop until hardened
Continue these steps until you’ve made all the tassels you want. When finished, string the tassels through your desired method, I chose twine for mine! (I also decided to hot glue the tassels in place so they wouldn’t all slide to the middle- but this step is completely optional) Ta-da! You have your own tassel garland for a fraction of the price you could buy one for.
While I was on my crafting rampage this afternoon, I decided I’d make a little something else for my dorm. I’ve seen some sequined letters all over Pinterest and while I was browsing my local Michael’s store (one of my favorite things to do might I add), I found the perfect, cheap faux-leather letter to do it with.
- Faux-leather Letter (found at Michael’s)
- Sequin “trim”
- Hot Glue Gun + Glue
This DIY is pretty self-explanatory so I’m not going to go into too much detail, but basically I lined the letter with the sequin trim, then to cover the frayed edges I outlined the entire letter in the same trim. I love how it turned out.
I hope I added a little sparkle to your day (literally and figuratively) and maybe inspired you to do a little diy-ing yourself. I’d love to know what you think about the projects and if you tried them yourself! Have a great week!