DIY Paper Tassel Garlands


DIY decor is one of the easiest ways to add a touch of whimsy to any wedding or event. Tassel garlands are perfect for dessert tables and wedding arches; team them up with geronimo balloons and watch them transform into the ideal photo shoot props and make a splash as fab table centrepieces. The best part is, making them totally DIY means you can have them in any colour that strikes your fancy! Today, Pearlyn of Pearlyn and Paper shares how to create your very own tassel garlands in record time.

"I’ve been seeing DIY tassel garlands everywhere lately, and with my bestie getting her civil marriage done next week, I really wanted to learn how to make these as a mini prop for her photo shoot session at Fort Canning. This has to be one of the simplest ways of decorating a wedding or party. I know of a place that sells them for SGD$70, but why spend unnecessarily when you can make one in 30 minutes?" ~ Pearlyn 


Photo via Etsy.  

You will need:

1. Tissue paper or Mylar
2. Rope or baker's string
3. Scissors
4. Pencil
5. Ruler

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To get the length of tassels you want, use this simple formula: Xcm x 2 + 10cm. That's the length of tissue paper you will need. For this tutorial, I wanted my tassels to be 20cm long, thus, I needed 20cm x 2 + 10cm = 50cm of tissue paper.

Step 1: Fold a piece of tissue paper in half. (You can also fold it in half the other way, to cut less.)

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Step 2: Measure 5cm off from the folded side of the tissue. Draw a straight line across.

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Step 3: Take a pair of scissors or a razor, and start cutting thin strips all the way to the end of the line you have just drawn.

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Step 4: Once the cutting is done, unfold one of the tissue papers that you have just cut and lay it flat. Make sure to untangle any rogue tassels.

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Step 5: Begin rolling the tissue from the bottom upwards.

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Step 6: Don't forget to make sure all the ends are untangled. Once completely rolled up, start twisting the middle area.

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Step 7: Use a pencil, a satay stick (preferably), or something thinner and wrap the mid-section of the tissue around it.

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Step 8: Gently, twist the tassel upwards to tighten it.

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Step 9: Simply string your tassels together and voila, you're done!

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(Reproduced with permission from Pearlyn K-Ong.)

Need more inspiration? Check out these weddings decked out in lovely paper tassels:


Photo via Green Wedding Shoes.



Photos via Green Wedding Shoes.


Photo via 100 Layer Cake.


By White Lilac Inc.


Photo via Green Wedding Shoes.


Thank you so much for sharing your DIY tutorial with us Pearlyn!

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