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to enjoy enhanced features like these.
1. Pick & trim fabric. Since you’ll see the front and back, opt for something that’s colored or patterned on both sides. A standard yard of 45” wide fabric cut into roughly 18x24” pieces will make four tassels, each about 11” long. If you’d like bigger or smaller tassels, adjust the measurements accordingly.
2. Fold & cut. Fold fabric in half crosswise so the shorter sides meet. Next, with a ruler and pencil, lightly draw lines from 2-3” below the fold to the cut edge, spacing them about 1” apart. Cut along the lines with scissors.
Tip: Speed things up with a rotary cutter and cutting mat. Rather than making lines, just line up your fabric on the cutting mat and, using the measurement markers as a guide, quickly slice 1” wide strips.
3. Roll & tie. Unfold the fabric, then roll it tightly lengthwise, untangling the fringe as you go. Pick up the roll and pinch it in half lengthwise so the seam faces inward, then tie a strip of fabric or string around the top to secure. Leave ends as-is for a rustic finish, or trim them to even lengths for a cleaner look.
Tip: Try stacking two different fabrics—a solid color with a geometric print, a striped fabric with a floral one—to make fuller, more colorful tassels.
1. Cut. Since crepe and tissue paper usually come folded, simply cut a stack into sections. The longer you cut it, the fuller your tassel will be; just remember that the more paper, the harder it will be to secure. Then, measure and cut lines about 1” apart, starting at the short end and cutting to 2-3” below the fold.
2. Twist & tie. Unfold the paper, then tightly yet carefully twist together the middle. Continue until the twisted paper starts to loop around itself, then tie off with any type of string.
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Tip: For an unexpected twist on the usual garland, hang it vertically to create a cascading effect.
Tip: Tie nametags to tiny tassels, and you’ve got cute-as-can-be place cards.
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