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Holiday Must-Makes: Tissue Paper Tassel Garlands

Your holiday guests are about to come knocking on your door, so it’s time to finish up the decorations! We already made one garland this season, but let’s try a different one with something you probably already have lying around the house: tissue paper. We were definitely inspired by our friends at Studio Mucci when creating this garland — you’ve likely seen similar ones in the background of photos right at Brit HQ.

Not only will this tassel garland look great on the mantel or above a doorway, you can use it to show off your favorite holiday cards!

Materials:
- 10-14 pieces of holiday colored tissue paper
- twine (the length of where you will hang it, plus 2-3 feet)

Tools:
- scissors
- hot glue gun

Instructions:

1. Fold your tissue paper in half, width-wise.

2. Fold it again, lengthwise, and then lengthwise again.

3. Use scissors to cut 1/2 inch strips up the length of the tissue paper, leaving about 3 inches uncut at the top.

4. Once you’re finished cutting, unfold the tissue paper.

5. Roll the tissue paper until you reach the end.

6. Twist the center part (the uncut part), and fold it in half once it is completely twisted.

7. Make a loop with the twisted part, and a tie a string around the base of the loop.

8. Repeat with as many tassels as you like.

9. String tassels onto twine and dab a little glue between the twine and tissue paper to hold the tassels in place.

Get out your first piece of tissue paper and fold it in half, width-wise (or what I like to call hamburger style). Fold it again, but this time lengthwise (or what I like to call hot dog style). Repeat the lengthwise fold once more. Take your scissors and start cutting 1/2 inch strips up the length of the tissue paper. Leave about 3 inches at the top.

Once you’ve finished cutting, unfold the tissue paper. You will need to do a bit of untangling of tissue paper, but just be patient. From the smaller end of the tissue paper, start rolling the paper until you’ve reached the end.

From there, start twisting the center part that is without cuts, and fold it in half once it is completely twisted.

Make a loop with the twisted part, and tie a small string around the base of the loop.

Repeat these steps until you have all the tassels you could ever want and need!

String your tassels onto your twine and dab a little glue from the glue gun between the twine and tissue paper to hold the tassels in place.

Hang wherever you would like!

You can also use clothespins to add holiday cards, wedding announcements, and the like.

Happy garland-making!

What holiday decor are you making this year? Talk to us in the comments below. 

About the author

Caitlin Ball

Caitlin is a San Francisco native currently living abroad in Zurich, Switzerland. You will most likely find her in the kitchen, the yoga studio, working on her latest craft project, eating Swiss chocolate, or writing all about it on her blog, teaspoon. Find Caitlin Ball at http://www.teaspoonsf.com.

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