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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!

tissue tassel diy

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by: Hostess with the Mostess


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.



  1. Miss Margarita June 14, 2013 at 1:39 am

    great idea!!!

  2. Lydia- The Party Wagon June 14, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Thanks for the tutorial, Jenn!

  3. Cristina June 14, 2013 at 5:22 am

    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!

    • jenn s. June 14, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Hi Christina –
      You’re right that these are a little consuming! We used pre-cut foil fringe door curtains for the gold mylar tassels though, so those ones were actually the easiest for us! No cutting into strips required. :)

  4. Jody Rivers June 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    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.

  5. Ericka June 15, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Where did you buy the pink ombré curtain backdrop?

  6. Ericka June 16, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Thank you!

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  8. Trish September 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

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

    • alyssa September 5, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      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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    I really need the gold elephant as certain pieces for up coming party where do you get this?

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      Hi Deanna –

      I actually found various different colors of elephant statuettes from HomeGoods and then spray painted them gold for this party. It’s hit or miss because you never know what styles they’re going to have, but they do always seem to have some sort of elephant designs in stock, and they’re so inexpensive that you don’t feel bad spray painting them ;) Hope that helps!

  28. Mildred October 10, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Great tutorial love your blog!

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  33. Stacey January 10, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Your instructions were easy to follow. I made a ballon wreath for a friends grandson 1st birthday and I wanted to use the fringe to decorate his highchair without it looking like a tutu, it worked out great. Thanks by again

    • jenn s. January 10, 2015 at 7:16 am

      Thanks, Stacey! So happy to hear that. :)

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    How did you get the tissue paper to lay flat? Mine has all sorts of creases in it from being folded in the package and the fridge goes every direction!

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    Hi! Thank you for this tutorial! I used it for decorations for my daughter’s Minnie Mouse birthday party! Everyone was so impressed! If you get a chance, check out how pretty it turned out on my Minnie Mouse Party DIY Post:

    Thanks again! :)

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