Want to know how to make the easiest tissue paper tassel garland? And how to do it really inexpensively? I have the best shortcut for you: use colorful napkins to make the tassel garland!
I wanted to make some tassel garlands recently--you know, the ones you see all over the place made out of tissue paper. Who doesn't love those? But you know what I didn't love? How much tissue paper costs, and how little you get in each package.
And then, across the aisle, in party supplies, I saw them: striped pink napkins. A big package of them, already cut to the perfect size for making tassel garlands.
Easier AND it costs less than going the standard tissue paper route? Yes!
The Easiest DIY Tassel Garland:
- pretty paper napkins
- twine or string
- ribbon (optional)
Identify where the napkin is folded before cutting the napkin into strips. You want the fold to remain intact. While the napkin is still folded, cut all of the layers into narrow ribbons, stopping about an inch below the fold of the napkin.
Napkin Tissue Paper Tassel Tips:
- You can cut more than one napkin at a time. I could do up to three, but it started getting tricky at that point. Two napkins was easy to cut and provided reliably consistent results.
- Printed napkins do work (as opposed to solid color napkins), but be sure it's a design that looks good with the white of the backside of the napkin visible in the tassel. The pink striped napkin turned into a prettier tassel than the rainbow striped one, for example. A floral pattern wouldn't usually work well. This isn't a hard-and-fast rule, however. I loved the way my napkin tassels for fall turned out (see the photo at the end of this post).
Unfold the napkin and rest the string in the inside crease of the napkin. (I used baker's twine because it's pretty)
Fold the napkin over the string with the twine still in the inside fold of the napkin.
Gather the napkin about an inch from the top fold.
That's an entirely optional step, however. The napkin tassels look just as darling tied with a bit of the string, too.
These tassels are made with classic, incredibly inexpensive, square paper dinner napkins. The kind that you can find at any party or dollar store.
I found these adorable striped napkins at Michaels.
They look fabulous, right? And I didn't have to cut a single giant sheet of tissue paper down to size, and I saved money!
I love that the tassel garlands at my parties now will be such a perfect match with the napkins. I love little touches like that that pull a whole party together!
I love this technique so much that I made a fall version of this paper napkin tassel garland, too. Using napkins bought at the dollar store. It doesn't get much more budget friendly than that!