Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY: Confetti System Inspired Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

 
  
     We believe in a good cause, so when we heard about the Thirst Project and their gala (tonight at the Beverly Hilton), we asked how we could help.  We donated a Custom Backdrop/Photo Wall to the silent auction for their gala (feel free to contact us about rentals - we are working on incorporating event design and rentals into our site).  And for the display, I thought it would be fun to make a little tissue paper tassel garland.  I loved it, so I thought I would share with you how I made it.  Enjoy!     


     
     I originally was SO excited to use my Martha Stewart fringe scissors I purchased at Michaels, but they ended up not being able to cut deep enough ... so, they will be saved for another day.  Regular scissors work great.  Also, I have been loving using  frameless cork panels as a safe work space for my craft projects.  It doesn't hold onto liquid, and I can put hot things like my glue gun on it! 

 1. Take one piece of tissue paper (1 piece will make 4 tassels ... I know!).  Fold it once lengthwise, then once widthwise, and one more time widthwise.


  2. Cut little strips (this is your fringe) leaving 2in. of uncut tissue paper on the top.  Then unfold it once and cut down the middle. 

*make sure the "top" (2in. uncut portion) is on the fold . . . you will see why.

*If you have trouble cutting through all the layers of tissue, like I did, feel free to unfold it once and cut.  

 3. Take one of the halves and unfold it again, you should have 2 sections.  Then take the second halve and unfold it again.  One of them will need to be cut in half lengthwise to make 2 more sections.  You should end up with 4 separate sections.


* This is a good time to plug in your hot glue gun.

 4. Take each section one at a time and roll the center portion.  Make sure to not let the fringe get tangled as you roll.  It helps to gently run your fingers through the fringe as you roll.  Next, twist the center (the unfringy part...it's a word...sure), till it looks like the last picture.


5.  You're almost there!  Take your tassel and fold it in half twisting the sides in opposite directions until it makes a little loop at the top.  Put a dot of glue from your hot glue gun on the spot indicated, and twist the two sides around each other. 


* Make sure to hold the glued portion together for a couple seconds to allow it to dry.  


Lastly, string and enjoy!


* If you are using something bigger than twine to hold your tassels, you will need to glue your tassels around it.  I made the tassels separately because I knew my twine would fit through the holes.




     If you want to contribute to the Thirst Project or want to know how you can help this cause, click here.




LLLove,
Jen & Jess








32 comments:

  1. Absolutely adore this garland! I am trying to think of an excuse for a party now.
    Perfection.
    Taylor
    www.theplumverbena.com

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    1. Taylor! Thanks so much for your sweet message, you just made my day! I say just make it for the heck of it, and hang it in your room. ;) I made this garland for an event we did, and had a few extra tassels that I hung in our kitchen, and it makes me smile every time I walk by it. :)

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  2. I just found this fabulous garland on Pinterest and ran to check how to do it myself for the room of my little Celestine! It looks really cute and easy to do! Thanks a lot for the tutorial! I also love the colors you chose! ;)

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Making this today. Thanks!

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  4. great DIY. I'm off to make some for the holidays.

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  5. Hi. I love this and want to do something similar to add some decoration to my wedding. Did you get the tissue paper at a craft store? Love the colors you chose!

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  6. thank you for the awesome DIY, glad to feature your tutorial on LPF and excited to try for myself!

    xo

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  7. I adore this! Cannot wait to make it. I love the colors.Plan to make these for my daughter's American girl Birthday party.

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  9. Love it!! I am going to make some tassel garland for my daughter's under the sea birthday party. Thank you for the tutorial!

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  10. I'm making this now and it is looking really cute. Foil is a little hard to cut since the folds do not stay and the cute lines are not straight. HOWEVER, once you roll it all up, you can't even tell that the lines are not straight. Just finished my first set of 8 and it took me 15 mins. I have 24 more to go. Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  11. Saw this on Pinterest. Super cute, I think I am going to make one to decorate my daughter's room. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  12. This is the prettiest visual tutorial for making a tissue garland yet. Thanks for sharing it, I was able to finish my project in an hour.

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    1. Thank you so much Laura! I'm so glad it was useful! We'd love to see how it turned out! :)
      xoxo,
      Jen & Jess

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  13. Hi Jen & Jess! Thank you sooo much for this post! :) Can I ask where you got your tissue paper?! They're my exact wedding colors & I'd love to make one for our wedding :) Thanks so much!!

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  14. I'm making these right now for a baby shower I'm hosting this weekend. I will link back to you when I post on my blog! Thanks for the inspiration!
    www.lifelovelarson.blogspot.com

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  15. How long does it take to make a strand? I need about a 6' foot strand. Also what is the approximate cost per strand DIY style?

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  16. Love this idea, might incorporate into my wedding head table now! Gotta try it. Hope it looks as nice as yours.

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  17. What a fabulous project and wonderful tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing! Could you tell me where you got your tissue paper please? Thanks so much! :)

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  18. Yay. So easy! I made a few with some gift tissue paper I had around and they look adorable. Can't wait to make more for my wedding!

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  19. What size is your tissue paper? I bought several packages because I wanted soft, pretty colors for a bridal shower but I'm not sure they're all the same size and I want my tassels to all end up being uniform and the same size. Thanks!

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  20. These are great! A friend of mine wants to make them to hold behind her kids in a photo shoot I'm going to do for them! Thanks for the tutorial. Cheers!

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  21. Such gorgeous colors! Thanks for the tutorial. I am considering making these for a party.

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  22. Great tutorial. Very easy to follow. However, in step 3, your "unfold and cut" picture has the cut going the wrong way. ;-)

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  23. Thank you for the tutorial. It looks doable and looks fantastic, what more can you ask for?
    Perfect for a party. Thank you! Best regards from Barcelona, Spain,
    Marta

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  24. Waw I love the idea. It can be don with fabric also :)

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  25. Have just stumbled upon this tutorial and am so pleased. Been looking to source/make these tassle garlands for an Expo we're doing in March. This is going to make our stand 'Stand Out!' Huge Tank Yu for sharing!

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  26. I love your work. I`m also making tissue paper garlands. Visit my blog: http://lemkinia.wordpress.com/

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  28. This is the best tissue paper garland tutorial! Thank you!

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