A little over a year ago, I started an etsy shop for my floral tassel garlands, letters, crowns, cake toppers, etc. I closed it this past April to focus on other things. This tutorial is a thank you to those that have followed me and supported me.
Part 1: Tassel Garland
- Fold a stack of 20"x30" tissue paper in half so that it is now 20"x15" in measurement (I usually do 24 sheets at once). Insert it into the paper trimmer and cut 6 lines, leaving about 1.5" uncut where the fold is. Continue cutting all of your color options (I make 24 tassels; 5 tassels each of 4 colors and 4 tassels of mylar).
- Take 3 sheets of cut tissue paper and open it up.
- Stagger the 3 sheets on top of one another.
- Scrunch the middle (where it is uncut).
- Twist the scrunched middle.
- Fold the tassel in half and make a loop with the twisted middle.
- Twist the loop.
- Lay out your tassels and choose the pattern you want the colors to be in.
- Insert jute twine through the loop and twist the loop more to tighten the tassel onto the twine.
- Spread them apart along the twine.
Part 2: Paper Flowers
- Layer 3 sheets of tissue paper (or more) and cut a rectangle out (more layers = fuller flower). I cut two sizes; large flower is about 9" high and small flower is about 7" high. You'll need 8 flowers (3 large and 5 small).
- Layer 3 sheets of tissue paper (or more) for the center of the flowers. Cut them in rectangles. You can leave them as is or cut them into a fringe.
- I like to lay out my rectangles to determine where to place the flowers and the centers. It gives you a visual of what it will look like together.
- I'm moving forward with 4 smaller flowers.
- Fold the rectangles in half.
- Half it again.
- Half it again the long way or leave it as is (last flower).
- Choose a petal shape and cut it out at the open end.
- Open the rectangles up.
- Lay the centers in the middle of the rectangle.
- With two hands, fold the rectangle in half.
- With two hands, start fold the rectangle into a fan shape.
- Tie the middle of the fan shape with yarn (in a double knot).
- Start pulling up each layer of tissue paper one at a time, starting with the centers. To minimize tearing, try to grab each layer as close to the middle tie as possible.
1. These are my 6 favorite petal shapes after they are folded and cut. You can try your own shapes too!
2. The flowers after they are fluffed up (in the same order).
Part 3: Leaves
- Layer 10 sheets of tissue paper and fold them in half (I used 6 sheets of mint and 4 sheets of sage). Cut out a leaf shape.
- With two sheets of a leaf shape, open it up.
- Scrunch the middle.
- Twist the middle.
- (Steps 5-6 are for reference, but it's best to loop and twist the leaves on the twine.)
Fold it in half and make a loop with the twisted middle.
- Twist the loop.
Part 4: Putting Everything Together
It's completely up to you where you want the leaves and the flowers. I usually do 5 sections with the pattern of 2 flowers, 1 flower, 2 flowers, 1 flower, 2 flowers. Each section has 1 leaf.
- Fold the leaf loop over the twine.
- Twist the loop to tighten it.
- Tie the flower onto the twine (in a double knot) and trim the yarn.