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One of my goals for the blog this year is to share more step-by-step tutorials. In case you missed it, this tissue paper tassel garland was featured in our pink + gold New Year’s Eve Party for HGTV. These tassel garlands inspired by Confetti Systems are turning up everywhere on the party scene and this was our first time making them. Molly, our crafty design editor took on the task and did a beautiful job! Not only did she make the full size garland, but mini tassel garland that we used on the chairs.

diy tissue paper tassel garland

She taught me how to make them and seriously, it is so easy and so inexpensive. I know you’re going to be making them for your next party!

NYE Pink Gold 2013 Photos1

:: materials ::

  • 1/2 sheet of tissue paper/mylar per tassel
  • scissors
  • ribbon/cord

:: instructions ::

Step 1: Gather materials.

Step 2: Fold a piece of tissue paper (20″ x 20″ or 20″ x 24″) in half and in half the other way. Cut strips towards the fold to create fringe, leaving about 1 inch uncut at the fold line. Once all strips are cut, unfold the tissue and cut in half so you have 2 sheets with fringe (to make 2 tassels).

Step 3: Unfold tissue paper.

Step 4: Begin rolling tightly down the middle crease.

Step 5: Continue rolling, fold in half and then twist to create a loop for hanging.

Step 6: Repeat to create additional tassels in various colors. Hang from thin cord or ribbon.

For more details and photos, view the full feature on HGTV here!

styling/tutorial :: the tomkat studio
photography :: ten22 studio

  1. Tina Dahl

    January 10th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Love the step by step tutorials….I have always wanted to make these and now I can from your fabulous instructions. Love this!

  2. Kim

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Thanks, Tina! I hope to share many more tutorials this year!!

  3. Wendy

    January 11th, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! Will help me a lot with future projects!

  4. Kim

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Glad you like it, Wendy!

  5. katie

    January 11th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Yay! Thanks for the tutorial! I have a party coming up and these will be perfect ūüôā

  6. Kim

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:04 am


  7. Tina Dahl

    January 11th, 2013 at 9:46 am

    In case anyone didn’t see the instruction on HGTV on how to make the smaller version opf the garland for say a chair, here it is: “For a version small enough to add flair to your dining chairs, use 1/8 sheet of tissue paper per tassel.”

  8. Kim

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Thanks, Tina! I should have included that in the post! The mini ones are adorable, too…aren’t they?

  9. Jess @ Spool and Spoon

    January 11th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I’ll be hosting a bridal shower for my BFF in the late spring and this will be a PERFECT addition to the decor. I think your how-to was the best one I’ve seen yet. The girls at Pretty Providence shared something very similar last week but I love the way you formed the tassels (and they seem a bit more sturdy). Thanks so much for sharing. As always, you never cease to amaze me ūüôā

  10. Kim

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Perfect! Let us know how they turn out!

  11. Linda had a little lamb

    January 11th, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Thanks so much for this great idea. And it’s so simple too! Love how pretty the tassles look.

  12. Kim

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Thank you so much, Linda!

  13. erika

    January 11th, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Oh so happy I found this easy tutorial, my girls b-days are next month ! Thank you , thank you, thank you!:) Have a great weekend!!!

  14. Kim

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Perfect, Erika! Have a fabulous party!

  15. Heather Newland

    January 11th, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! My daughter is having an American Girl birthday party in a few weeks and I’ve been looking for some fresh, new decorating ideas. This is perfect!

  16. Kim

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    That would be adorable! The tassels are versatile, they really work for any type of event!

  17. Sasha

    January 11th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I’m hosting a lady’s tea party birthday next weekend and these would be cute in the decor (it could also work with fabric). Thanks!

  18. Kim

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:06 am

    The tassels would be adorable made from fabric, too! Great idea! Let me know how it turns out!

  19. joselyn

    January 12th, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Kim..THANK YOU! I am planning my daughters 2nd birthday party and I always look to you for inspiration. I will for sure be including these into her celebration. Thanks again.

  20. carol

    January 13th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    thank you for showing me how to make these i will certainaly be busy for the on coming parties xxx

  21. Nathalie

    January 14th, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Beautiful!! Thanks for the tutorial. I’m sharing your post on my blog.

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  24. Jennifer S.

    January 21st, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I don’t know why I’m so confused on what to do for making the loop? I twisted mine, but what do you do then? Fastening it with tape looked awful, I could always wrap another piece of tissue over the tape but then again, using more tape. I’m sure I’m just over thinking this.

  25. Jennifer S.

    January 22nd, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    is anyone able to help a girl out?? ūüôā

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  29. Jennifer M

    February 5th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    LOVE these… making them now for my daughter’s birthday party! A quick tip I found that helps… Once you have folded the tissue paper and before you start cutting the strips… I am clipping the top part of the paper to a clip board. It holds the tissue paper in place and helps make nice, even strips!

  30. Pear Tree Greetings

    February 6th, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Love this tutorial so much we used the idea in one of our baby shower parties! Check out how cute this Bicycle-themed baby shower turned out featuring your tissue paper garland: http://bit.ly/peartree-bicycle-shower Thanks again for sharing!

  31. Kim

    February 6th, 2013 at 8:42 am

    That looks fantastic! May I share on FB? PS. What is your first name?

  32. Pear Tree Greetings

    February 6th, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Thanks, Kim! Yes, definitely you can share on your Facebook page ūüôā My first name is Dani, but Christy is the one who threw the baby shower party (her bio is at the bottom of the baby shower post if you’d like to know more about her:)). Thank you! -Dani

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  36. jennifer

    March 10th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    THANK YOU. I’ve been searching for that missing step to understand it properly and you have it listed as Step 4. Easy to follow so I pinned this right away. I’m up late working on my second child but first daughter’s first birthday party, and this tutorial made it so much easier than the one I’d been using.

    Beautiful photography, too!

  37. Rachel R

    March 18th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Kim! Love this tutorial! I couldn’t believe how easy these were to make!
    I made a tulle version on my blog and linked it back to your blog
    Since its the best tutorial! You can see it at:

    Thanks again!
    Rachel (R&R Workshop)

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    March 23rd, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Such Beautiful garlands ! I’m looking for that golden metallic sort of paper but can’t find it anywhere? Do you have any ideas where I can look for papers like that? I would prefer websites as I live in Sweden..


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  51. Katie

    July 11th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Hi Kim,

    Where do you get the gold mylar for these? How do you keep them from all falling towards the center? Thanks!

  52. Kim

    July 11th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Hi Katie! We found gold mylar at Hobby Lobby. Also, we used a touch of hot glue to hold them in place on the cording. ūüôā

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    Thanks for your great tutorial! I used it to make tassels for large vintage balloons at my gender reveal party!


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    July 31st, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    So cute! Thank you for sharing! CONGRATS…it’s a girl!

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    I love this. I cant wait to use this for my LASH Bash Party!

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    October 28th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Hi! Wrapping up a NYC trip and would love to use your tissue paper garland DIY. I hope it is ok to link to you and use the DIY photo. Thanks! With credit, of course.

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    January 19th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    where can I find that shiny tissue paper? having trouble thanks ūüôā

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    January 22nd, 2014 at 1:08 am

    It’s mentioned above: Hobby Lobby; it’s gold Mylar
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    I’m going to try this and make some curtains for my granddaughters room. She is really into Paris d√©cor and the bling.

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