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How To Make A Tissue Paper Garland

A simple tutorial for making your own tissue paper garland.  Tissue paper decorations are easy and cheap to make.  They provide a splash of color which are fantastic for easy decoration at parties. 

This tutorial will show you how to make your own DIY tassels to use for decorating the party table or for use as a backdrop.  Simply pick the color to match your party theme.

Easy DIY Tissue Paper Garland

Tissue paper garlands seem to be all the rage now.  If you walk into any party store you will see them hanging there in every color and style.  The problem is, that they have a rather nice price tag to match.

Ok, so pre-buying the tassels will certainly save you a ton of time, but if saving on the budget is a priority, then making them is a great option.

You don’t have to be an awesome crafter to make these.  If you can fold tissue paper, then you fully qualify.

Things You Will Need To Make Your Garlands

There is nothing worse than seeing an awesome decoration idea, but when you look at the tutorial it requires a million implements and 10 hands to complete the project.

This is not one of those crafts.

Here you will find a list of all the items you will need.  The only thing you are likely to have to go and buy is the actual tissue paper!

    1. Tissue Paper
    2. Scissors
    3. Ruler
    4. Pencil
    5. Curling Ribbon

10 Steps To An Amazing Garland

Step 1: Spread the tissue paper out flat on a bench and smooth out the creases.

Don’t worry about being too fussy with these creases as they really won’t notice when the garland is made.

Step 2: Fold the tissue paper in half.

Fold tissue paper in half

Step 3: Fold the paper in half again.

I did mention that these steps were easy didn’t I!

Tissue paper

Step 4: Cut along the side folds, leaving your main fold at the top.

How to make a tissue paper garland

Step 5: With your fold remaining at the top, measure approximately 2.5 cm down. Draw a line with a pencil.

How to make a tissue paper garland

Step 6: From the bottom of the tissue paper, you will need to cut straight lines up to the pencil mark that you have drawn.

Once again you don’t need to be too concerned with how straight these lines are.

If you really wish to have super straight lines and tassels of equal size, you can measure and then cut, but if you want to achieve the job in half the time, it’s really not necessary.

Tissue Paper Garland

Step 7: Open up the tissue paper.  You should see that the uncut portion of the tissue paper is now sitting in the middle.

Cut tissue paper

Step 8: Focusing on the middle uncut section, start rolling the sheets over each other.

Try and keep these twists as tight as possible.

Rolling tissue paper

Step 9: Once rolled, twist the center section and form a loop.

Tassel twist

Step 10: With your look formed, secure in place with a piece of curling ribbon.

Tissue paper garland

There you have it. Your tissue paper garland piece is complete.  Now simply repeat the process and make the garland as long as you wish.

To put all the pieces together, simply thread some curling ribbon or twine through the loops and hang where you please.


It can be a little time consuming to make several garments, but the savings on the wallet will be sooo worth it.

No-one is going to know that you didn’t buy the pre-made packs.

Other Easy DIY Decorations You Will Love

How To Make A Party Backdrop – This is an easy backdrop idea that can be tailored to any party theme by simply changing the colors used.

The easiest DIY party backdrop. This is a cheap and easy backdrop that can be prepared for an outdoor or indoor party. Made using budget plastic tablecloths, it can be prepared the day before the party saving you time on the day. Style with colors according to the birthday party theme and it will look amazing every single time.

Tissue Paper Pom Poms – Pom Poms add an awesome splash of color and they are super easy and cheap to make.

Tissue paper pom pom

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