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DIY Tutorial: Tissue Tassel Garland {Matte + Metallic}

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tissue tassel garland diy tutorial - matte & metallic

Better late than never, right? Cindy’s glam princess inspired Royal Baby Shower (from earlier this year) featured pink + gold, baby inspiration and crowns! We also added affordable style with crafty (& sparkly!) diy projects like Embellished Doll Furniture and this DIY Tissue Tassel Garland!

Tassel garlands are such versatile, high-impact party decor. They’re perfect for jazzing up dessert tables, backdrops, and the overall party space – and mini tassels make a whimsical addition to a centerpiece or floral arrangement. Read on for step-by-step info on how to make them yourself!

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diy tissue tassel garland

– Tissue Paper Sheets ((20×20 or 20×24) for matte tassels
– Mylar Sheets OR Foil Fringe Door Curtain for the metallic tassels
– Scissors or X-Acto Knife
– Ruler (optional)
– Hot Glue (optional)
– Scissors
– Washi Tape
– Baker’s Twine


diy tissue tassel garland

diy tissue tassel garland

1. Fold your tissue paper sheet in half vertically & horizontally. Cut along one of your folds, creating 2 separate sheets. Stack the two pieces together, one on top of the other.

diy tissue tassel garland

2. Keeping the folds at the top of your sheets, use either your scissors or X-Acto to cut thin vertical strips (about 1/2 inch), leaving about an inch of uncut tissue at the top of your sheet. If you decide to use an X-Acto, you may want to use a ruler to help keep your lines straight.

diy tissue tassel garland

3. Unfold the sheets and flatten out. You should have about 2 inches of uncut tissue paper in the middle of each sheet.

diy tissue tassel garland

4. Working with one sheet at a time, roll the tissue paper tightly along the uncut middle portion.

diy tissue tassel garland

diy tissue tassel garland

diy tissue tassel garland

5. Twist the rolled piece and fold in half to make a loop. You may twist the bottom of the loop to keep it together, or use a tiny bit of hot glue to make the hold a little stronger.

diy tissue tassel garland

6. To give the tassel a complete, polished look, use a cute piece of washi tape to cover the base of the loop.

tissue tassel garland

7. Feed the Baker’s Twine through the loops & hang!

TIP: We also made gold tassels using metallic fringe door curtains (available at Party City). Simply cut down to size and fold in half! (You can also use or metallic fringe garlands for smaller tassels.)

diy tissue tassel garland

diy tissue tassel garland



diy tissue tassel garland

To make the mini tassels, cut your sheets into 8×8 or 10×10 before beginning. Your strips should be about 1/4 inch wide.


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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

47 responses to “DIY Tutorial: Tissue Tassel Garland {Matte + Metallic}”

  1. Thanks for the tutorial, Jenn!

  2. Cristina says:

    Made these for a cinco de mayo party last year and found the whole process to be a total pain, especially with the mylar. Maybe my scissors need an upgrade. The next time I just ordered from The Flair Exchance on Etsy. I love the addition of the washi tape, though. It looks so cute!

  3. Jody Rivers says:

    This tutorial shows you how to make a larger version big enough to dress the front of a buffet table or stretch across a wall, but you can easily scale down the project. For a version small enough to add flair to your dining chairs, use 1/8 sheet of tissue paper per tassel.

  4. Ericka says:

    Where did you buy the pink ombré curtain backdrop?

  5. Ericka says:

    Thank you!

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  7. Trish says:

    Great tutorial! I’m curious how you prevented the tassels from sliding around once on the twine?

    • alyssa says:

      Hi Trish! A few things:

      – We made the twist holes relatively small (although make sure it’s big enough to easily get your twine through).
      – We pulled out twine slightly taught- we didn’t leave it so loose that the tassels would sink to the middle.
      – And we did let them organically slide around a bit. There was a decent amount of wind at this event and they lasted through it!

      Good luck crafting and have fun :)

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    Where did you find the gold elephant! I’m so in love!