I bought my tissue from Target, which perhaps isn't the most cost effective, but they have a great range of colors. The gold tassels are about the easiest thing in the world to make, since you can just buy this 10' long Mylar fringe valance, and then just snip the desired length and roll them up (I used 10" to create mine). The best part is that it's 15" long, which is about the length that the tissue paper tassels come out to be.
Okay, you ready for this? Let's get started!
step by step:
2. Fold the tissue paper in half, width-wide. And then do it again. And again. And again. This is going to give you a more manageable amount of cutting. It can help to clip the loose ends together once you've done this, to prevent slippage while cutting.
3. Now cut your strips, starting at the bottom and going all the way up to your fold line. Do your best to keep the sheets straight (moving your hand up as you cut help), but I was surprised by how forgiving it actually was. When you get to the last few cuts it gets trickier, but just do your best.
4. Once you're done cutting, give your soon-to-be tassel a little shake to loosen any of the strips that got trimmed off accidentally. I had a few of these on every tassel, but it never seemed to effect the fullness adversely.
5. Now, roll it up! I found it best to start rolling from where you just finished cutting because it's usually a little messier, and now it's hidden on the inside!
6. Tape it up!
7. If you see any pieces that got snipped and are significantly shorter/wider/thinner than the rest, just pull them out from the base to keep the tassel looking uniform.
8 & 9. There are a lot of ways you can attach these, but this how I did mine using tape. Fold a piece lenghtwise, sticky sides together to create the loop. Then tape that piece over the top, leaving enough room for your cord (I taped them on as I went, instead of trying to thread them on later).
Boom! You have a tassel! Now make, like, a gazillion more! They're awesome for not only banners, but also for gift wrap, spicing up your bar cart, and they look really lovely hanging with cafe lights. You could also make #tasselbombing a thing.
If you're interested in making smaller tassels, I've made some using this method, and they end up looking great as well (you just have to watch that they don't get too tangled while you're rolling them up).
Happy DIY-ing, have a good Thursday! Much love and many returns, Rachel