valentine’s day tissue paper garland.

February 10th, 2014

We had such a good weekend. We were in town, guest-less, and got a lot of stuff done! Don’t get me wrong. We love having people in town and we love being out of the city visiting family, etc. But sometimes it is just nice to be at home. I know you know what I’m talking about. On top of that, my sweet, sweet NYC girlfriends had a baby shower for me and it was just absolutely perfect. And I mean that. It was perfect! But, more on that tomorrow! Hint: there were elephants. And high heels.

Y’all know I love holiday decorations. I just can’t help it. But with a little bit going on around the house, like say a baby coming in less than 5 weeks {or sooner! AHH!!} and a recent move we have a few things to finish hanging around here. Literally. Needless to say the thought of going all out for Valentine’s Day isn’t first on the priority list. But I can’t just skip it! I mean, pink, red, glitter, and chocolate? Yes, please.

I got a diy tissue paper garland kit for the little one’s room almost immediately after we landed on the colors. I thought it could help tie all of the colors together with a sense of whimsy. And I loved the way it turned out. Just as cute as all of those garlands on Pinterest. So I figured I would do just the same for Valentine’s Day!


While I was home in Virginia last weekend I made my ritual trip to the Dollar Store and grabbed a couple things of tissue paper. And that is all I needed for this project. Seriously. I mean, I already had scissors {I’m guessing you do, too. If not, I suggest you do yourself a favor and go purchase a pair.}, twine, and a straw. So I was all set.


Step 1: Separate out the tissue paper. Tissue paper is generally 20″ in length and 20″ in width give or take just a little bit.

Step 2: Fold the tissue paper in half if it hasn’t already been sitting in the package that way. Make sure your edges on both of the sides and at the bottom are generally lined up. They don’t have to be perfect, but the closer the better.

Step 3: Cut the 20″ wide paper in half leaving you with now 2 pieces of colored tissue paper both 10″ wide.


Step 4. Begin making the tassels by using either a cutting board or just scissors and cutting strips .5″ wide and stopping between 2.5″ and 3.5″ from the top crease where you have folded the tissue paper in half. You’ll see why in a few minutes.


Step 5: Once all of your paper is cut begin rolling each piece individually from one side to the other making sure not to get the tinsels in a tangle {<– I was looking forward to typing that}.

Step 6: Hold your rolled tissue paper sheet at solid center so that the fringe is hanging down.


Step 7: Place your straw underneath the solid portion {the center} and cross the fringe portions. Keeping a tight pinch on the 2 crossed fringe portions twirl your straw until the paper is twisted.

Step 8: Once you have completed steps 5-8 with all of your tissue paper string your tassels along your twine!


Note: I only gave myself 2″ from the crease for my tassels and you can kind of tell how it would have been better to have at least .5″ more to twist with. Nonetheless, these garlands are bringing some Valentine’s cheer into our house!

I hope you all had a great kick-off to your week!



XX Leigh-Taylor