I've seen a few fancy shmansy tissue paper garlands out and about lately. Boy do they leave your pockets fleeced. I do love a bit a decoration that can add a bit of pizzazz no matter what type of year or even when the party and festivities are over. But surely there had to be a way to create some of that loveliness with only a fraction of the price. Well, I proved sometimes sense is better than dollars....All you need is a couple of packets of tissue paper and twine (or you can thread this onto whatever string you like).
I chose four packets of tissue paper at $1.50 a packet
1 ball jute twine for $2
= $8 total and I've got enough to make probably another 3-4 garlands!
Here is what you do...
::Take your goodies, pick a lovely spot with some beautiful music on, a cuppa next to you and even the kids will enjoy this one.
:: cut lengths of tissue paper about 1-2cm wide. My tissue paper came in three sheets. I cut three lengths and used that as one bunch (so in effect nine lengths of paper).
:: bunch your nine lengths (or you could go more or less) and twist a little in the middle.
:: make the centre of the paper the top by folding it in half and gather the tails together. Give them a little fluff up if they need it.
:: Get your twine, and leaving some at the start for hanging later, start wrapping around the twisted sections of your tissue paper.
:: wrap about 8-10 times
:: secure each side of the twine by looping the twine and slipping it over the top
:: move along the twine and add each of your created tissue tassels in the same way
:: leave as much or as little gap as you like. I think I could have left less of a gap, but you can always add more tassels to these if you like.
:: choose a colour pattern or go for a random selection
:: Hang your tissue paper tassel garland and sit back and marvel at your work for less than the price of a cappuccino.