How to Make Paper Tassels

I wanted to make paper tassels with minimal tools and made two versions..

Version One: Fringe Scissors (Sorry, I call them grass making scissors)

Uses fringe making scissors link: https://tinyurl.com/wrstrxxs Take a strip of 7″ long x 2 1/2″ wide cardstock that is no thicker than 90 lb cardstock. Using the scissors cut to about 1/2″ from the top of the 2 1/2″ width and cut the entire length of cardstock. Then roll the cardstock around a dowel or skewer to start the small center of the tassel, then continue wrapping the cardstock around the dowel/skewer link: https://tinyurl.com/dxfah742 and make sure the paper is straight across the top. I put my finger over the top to ensure the paper is flat on top. I also add tear tape on the inside top 1/2″ of paper so it stays adhered as you roll it. Put tear tape or glue on the end once you’ve wrapped all of the paper, to make sure it stays put. Then take tear tape and wrap it around the uncut top section of the tassel, centering it on the uncut section. Take the backing off the tear tape and run a strip of ribbon around the top of the tassel. Then take a 5″ strip of the same ribbon and snip the ends in a “v” shape and put wet glue (I used Brutus Monroe glue that they no longer sell in the bottle I used) into the center hole of the tassel, then with a sharp object like a pokey tool or scissors, push the end of the ribbon into the hole and push it in until you’re sure it’s really in there, then do the same to the other end, making sure it’s in the hole, then add more wet glue in the hole and around the hole so the tassel stays well adhered, as does the ribbon. I recommend that you fluff the bottoms (pull them apart) so they look more realistic.

Version Two: Normal Scissors

Using normal scissors, I used Tim Holtz 5″ snips link: https://tinyurl.com/5xj29z3w and cut small strips maybe 1/16″ apart on 7″ long by 2 1/2″ tall cardstock that is lighter weight. Make 2″ snips the entire length of the paper. I wrapped the paper around a skewer and then laid a piece of tear on the top 1/2″ length that’s not cut, and held the paper tightly as I wrap it around until I’ve wrapped the entire length of 7″ paper. Once you finish wrapping the paper, put tear tape under the end to hold the tassel in place. Then take a piece of 1/4″ wide tear tape and wrap it around the outside of the tassel centering it on the top section, then take the backing off, and run a ribbon around the top section of the tassel. Then take a 5″ strip of the same ribbon and snip the ends in a “v” shape and put wet glue into the center hole of the tassel, then with a sharp object like a pokey tool or scissors, push the end of the ribbon into the hole and push it in until you’re sure it’s really in there, then do the same to the other end, making sure it’s in the hole, then add more wet glue in the hole and around the hole so the tassel stays well adhered, as does the ribbon. I also recommend that you fluff the bottoms (pull them carefully apart) so it looks more realistic.

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