I'm pretty sure I've made my weight in tassels by this point, so I can tell you they are really so easy to make, we even had some 5 year olds join us and they nailed it! If you're not in the market for a mobile the tassels also look great as a garland for party or room decor (as seen in my office here).
Let's get crafting!
- embroidery hoop (size 8 - 12”)
- tissue paper (20x26”) - 4 sheets = 8 tassels
- twine, thread, or yarn
- fold tissue paper in half and then in half again the other way.
- place tissue with fold at top and paper tall and skinny.
- cut roughly 0.5” strips stopping about a 1.5” away from the fold (don’t cut the fold).
*you can also use a paper cutter if you have one, I found that to be a bit faster (mine is kinda like this). Keep in mind it doesn't have to be perfect, the fringe is going to be all clumped together so you'll never notice.
- unfold strip horizontally only and cut in half so you have two fringed sheets (two tassels).
- unfold tissue and lay fringe flat.
- roll tissue down middle of sheet being careful not to tangle fringe.
- fold fringe in half around pencil and make sure fringes line up along the bottom.
- begin twisting pencil to twirl and tighten fringe.
- remove pencil to create loop for twine.
tada! A tassel!
- attach tassel to piece of twine.
- attach three pieces of twine to embroidery hoop to hang mobile.
* I found it easiest to hang it up (using a screw hook like this) and then attach tassels.
- attach tassels to embroidery hoop at alternating lengths to complete your mobile.
I'm really happy with how it turned out and how it looks in the nursery! I'm hoping to see how the girls in my workshop used them in their homes too, send me a pic if you make one!
p.s. if you're in a time crunch or hey, sometimes we just get lazy you can make this project really easy and buy tissue tassel kits (they come pre-cut!). My pal, Cindy, has some great kits available here!