A DIY Wedding: How to Make a Tissue Paper Garland

by Danielle Salazar June 18, 2014

Having a DIY wedding can be a lot of hard work, so finding quick and easy wedding décor ideas (that look gorgeous and coordinate with your colors and bridal party attire!) will save you a lot of time and stress. Creating tassel garlands to add to your décor is a super adorable trend that can be a really easy and inexpensive project! Whether your garlands are used to jazz up the head table, add some color to a photo booth, or as a backdrop behind the bar, they’ll add a touch of personality that is picture-perfect!

How to Make a Tissue Paper Garland

How to make a tissue paper garland.

Cost - $6
Time - 2 hours for 1 person


  • A ½ sheet of 20”x20” tissue paper per tassel
  • Scissors
  • 4 ft of ribbon or twine
  • Clear tape or Washi Tape
  • Ruler (optional)
Supplies for Making a Tissue Paper Garland


    1. Take one piece of your tissue and fold it in half vertically and then again horizontally. Cut along the fold to create two separate sheets of folded tissue paper. Stack them on top of each other.

    Simple Steps for Making a Garland| How to Make a Tissue Paper Garland2. Make sure to always keep the fold at the top of the sheet you’re working with. Begin cutting thin, vertical strips into your tissue paper (about ½” apart), leaving an inch or two uncut up top.

    A DIY Wedding: How to Make a Tissue Paper Garland
    3. Unfold your sheet and lay it flat. Tightly roll the tissue along the middle, uncut portion.Twist it in half to form a loop and secure it with tape or glue.

    Learn How to Make a Tissue Paper Garland4. Complete steps 1-4 for all of your tassels. Make as many as you deem necessary.

    5. String your ribbon or twine through the loops of the tassels and voila! You’ve learned how to make a tissue paper garland!

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        Tips and tricks to your DIY wedding project.

        1. You can easily scale your garland for whatever length you may need. Keep in mind that if you go significantly shorter, your tassels should be smaller as well. Start by cutting your sheets into 10”x10” pieces and your strips should only be ¼” wide.
        2. For a super clean look, use a ruler and x-acto knife for cutting your vertical strips
        3. Use a variety of colored paper for a look that will match your wedding style! Textured tissue or foil really stand out next to the matte paper colors. .

          Danielle Salazar
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