Tassel Garland Tutorial

Tassel Garland

My son’s first birthday is next month, so I have been scouring the internet looking for budget-friendly (boy scout themed!) party decorations. Although I have seen several different tassel garland tutorials, I think this one, made from a $1.99 plastic tablecloth, takes the cake for being cheaper and faster to assemble than the regular, tissue paper garlands you’ve seen around. The plastic is much easier to work with than tissue paper (as well as a little more durable), and the creases that it comes with straight out of the package make a perfect measuring tool.

What you’ll need:
  • A rectangular plastic table cloth (can be found at any party supply or craft store)
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape
  • A nice big space to unfold/refold your tablecloth
1. First, unfold the tablecloth (they come folded in tiny rectangles!) on the floor. Then, fold it in half lengthwise. Cut the tablecloth in half along the fold.
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2. Leave one half of the tablecloth on the floor and set the other half aside. Using the creases in the tablecloth as a guide, cut it into strips between 12-15 inches wide (make your cuts about every two creases or so, as pictured). When you’re finished, repeat this process on the other half of the tablecloth.
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3. Take one of the newly cut strips and fold it in half.
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4. With the folded side farthest away from you, cut strips into the piece, leaving the last inch or two at the top (by the fold) uncut. It will look like fringe.
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5. Unfold the fringe and spread it out on a flat surface.
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6. Pinching the sides of the piece together, gather up the fringe in the middle, where the fold was.
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7. Twist about 4 inches of the middle of the piece as tight as you can.
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8. Bend the twisted part into a loop, and fasten with washi tape.
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9. This yields one tassel. Repeat steps 4-8 with the other pieces you cut in Step 2. If you use the creases in the tablecloth as a guide, you’ll be able to create 16 tassels per tablecloth.
10. When you’ve finished cutting tassels, string them on a piece of twill or yarn and hang it up!
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cat-does-thatCat Surface is a wife and new mom currently living in Fort Worth, Texas. In between pureeing baby food and cuddling her son, Augie, you’ll find Cat crafting and DIYing as fast as she can while her baby naps. Cat documents her family’s activities on her personal blog, Cat Does That.

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