making a paper tassel
Chances are if you look inside your mailbox, you’ll find an assortment of junkmail paper. And this time of year, that paper assortment is close to perfect. Considering it’s junk mail.
Perfect for making all sorts of goodies. One of my favorites is a paper tassel. I started making them recently and have been experimenting with papers, in search of the best mixture for a tassel.
Start with 3 sheets of paper – the thinnest pages from a catalog or magazine make the fluffiest tassel. Counter-intuitive, I know. But it’s true! Select paper colors and designs that work well together.
Trim your page to a height of 4 to 5 inches and cut the other two pages to the same dimension. Then slice each one across into a fringe, leaving about an inch at the top. Layer the three sheets together and roll up jellyroll style. This very thin paper is fragile, so roll carefully.
Take a sturdy straight pin or needle and pierce through the bundle about a half inch from the top. Wiggle it around to try to enlarge the pin hole. Remove the pin, holding the tassel securely and thread a short piece of narrow wire through that pin hole. Wrap the wire around the bundle, twist it and snip the ends.
Create a hanging loop by tying a hitch knot on the wire in the middle of the bundle. Crochet thread works well.
For the finishing touch, wrap a long strand of crochet thread around the top and tie on a vintage button.
They’re a wonderful home sweet homemade substitute for a gift bow and they make the prettiest additions to the Christmas tree too.
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