You can't go wrong with tassels!

It's been a beautiful sunny day here in Louisville and I was lucky enough, after my running around doing laundry and errands, to get a little pool time with my husband. There's just something about sitting by the pool and seeing lots of smiling faces as adults grill and sun bathe while the kids are laughing, jumping and splashing in the water, that makes me feel calm and happy and simply very at peace with the world. I hope everyone has been having a wonderful day too. :)

In the spirit of feeling happy and rather giddy today, I was in the mood to share a bit of DIY. Just like the water and the clear blue sky makes me smile, looking at pretty things makes me smile too, which brings me to my reasoning as to why I would like to share a spot of DIY.  As you know, I am a big fan of Pinterest and when searching for some home décor ideas, I kept coming across tissue paper garlands and tassel garlands and they looked so, so, so pretty that I recently set about making one! :)

I hope you like it! :)

I collected my tools and bits and bobs from Michaels. All I needed was tissue paper and some ribbon as I already had scissors at home. Then I read a few tutorials on Pinterest, which in all honesty, left me incredibly confused. :p It wasn't until I got to work on folding and cutting that my brain actually clicked on what to do! :)  So, let's see if I can explain it...

You are going to want to fold your tissue paper sheets in half vertically and then horizontally, you should get it to look like this...(below) the left side edge is all attached. You should be able to open the tissue paper like a book.
Then take your scissors and cut in a straight line from the bottom upwards, stopping about 1 to 1 1/2 cm before you reach the top. (Sorry I didn't get a picture of this.) Move along the sheet and repeat this step until you get all the way to the left or right hand side.
Once you have done that, open the book and cut down the center fold. Now you have what will become two tassels. :)

 
 
Take one tassel and open it out. This bit can get a tad tricky as the paper is delicate, but you should end up with something like this...
 
 
Now, roll your paper, as if you were folding a poster and trying to fit it back in the tube or like you are making a pirates telescope from when you were younger. Once you get all the way to the end, twist the middle bit and you should be left with a sturdy, firm center with frilly tassels at each end.
Take the center piece and bend while crossing it over itself, so you have a small loop, and tape it together.
Repeat with remaining tissue. Then thread them onto your ribbon. It should look like this...
 
 
 
I chose white, blue, green and pink pastel tissue paper and used a shimmery gold ribbon to hang it up with! It might look very confusing at first and I'm sure my instructions are slightly rambley (sorry for the lack of pictures also) but don't be afraid to try it, as once you see it laid out in front of you, it is extremely simple and a lot of fun to do! :)
 
This is how it looked on the wall! I took it to my sisters apartment, as I thought it added a nice, bright and colourful touch to the kitchen for when we bake together! I must say I am incredibly proud of it! :)
 





Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Love Lulu. xx

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