When it comes to decorating, I’m always looking for one piece that stands out from the rest. It doesn’t need to be flashy, it just needs to be unique. As I picked up all of my tableware from Alins, I decided to get a little crazy and make my own garland. I remembered some tassel garlands a friend had made for a Bridal Shower and felt inspired. It was adorable and crafty… but not TOO crafty, which was right on par with my skill level.
I grabbed a hot glue gun and 3 different style ribbons: one red, one navy with white polka dots and one silver (because everyone likes a little something shiny) and set off to make something uniquely suited for my house.
You can do it, too.
Step 1: Cut your ribbon into 12”-20” strands depending on how big you’d like your tassels to be, but remember, they will be folded in half. Feel free to use as much or as little ribbon as you’d like and strands can be as thick or thin as you prefer.
Step 2: Lay out the first strand of ribbon and put a dot of hot glue in the center. Place your next piece of ribbon on top of the first piece, making and X shape. Continue until the ribbons make a starburst pattern.
Step 3: Wait for the glue to cool, then pick up your ribbon and fold the ribbon so the tails all point in the same direction. It will look like an octopus.
Step 4: Continue holding the tassel like an “octopus” and take a 2-3” piece of ribbon to make the loop for the top of the tassel. This will allow you to hang the tassel on the string of the garland. Put a small dot of hot glue on each side of the “octopus” and connect the ribbon on either side. (Be careful not to burn yourself!)
Step 5: Take a 4-5” ribbon and wrap the ribbon you used for the loop of your tassel, making a “stem” that will help the ribbon to hold its octopus shape.
Step 6: Repeat until you have made all the tassels that you’d like.
Step 7: String the tassels onto the garland ribbon.
Step 8: Hang and admire your handiwork!
Despite a few burns from the hot glue gun (I might advise against getting a mesh ribbon), I would call this project a success! I’ve created a fun and unique garland that I can’t wait to show off at my 4th of July party. The best part is that this piece is durable enough to last for many 4th of Julys, Labor Days and Memorial Days to come.
CRAFTINESS LEVEL: 1
EASE: 1 (provided you can tough out a few hot glue gun burns)
-Hot glue gun
-Ribbon (as many different types/colors as you’d like)
Find all the supplies for this project at ALIN PARTY SUPERSTORES in Lakewood and Riverside.