My daughter and a friend are having a joint birthday joint in June at a local rock climbing place. I'm really looking forward to it overall, but in terms of decor was feeling a bit stymied about how to bring some personality and prettiness into that cavernous space. Obviously, I can't decorate the whole building, so I decided to focus my efforts on a single table, which will be used for the cakes and favors.
The table will be in the party loft area, which is in the center of the space and is rimmed by a half wall with a top rail made of pipes. My plan is to use zip ties to vertically mount 3ft. wooden dowels to the pipe rail. I can then swag a garland from the dowels. I decided to make tissue tassel garland because I have an overabundance of tissue paper and they looked pretty simple to make. I am here to tell you that they ARE in fact very simple to make. This may be the easiest and most impactful decor element I've ever made and they couldn't be cheaper. I am a tissue tassel convert!
First step - assemble your tissue. We have a party palette of blues and greens, so I pulled everything from kelly green to teal to powder blue and some white mixed in to boot. (Disregard the red in there - I didn't use that. I didn't use the prints either - too distracting.)
Pull out a sheet of tissue and spread flat. Cut it in half. Go all the way up - I paused here to take the picture.
Take one half and fold in half.
Once you've rolled/pleated the whole thing, start twisting the unfringed area tightly to compress into a thick ropey line. Now twist the ropey line into a loop and twist the bottom of the loop closed.
I'm not going to string the garland until the party is closer (will use either twine or this teal rope that I got from the second-hand craft store - $0.50 for the whole roll!), so for now I'm storing the tassels in bunches threaded on pipe cleaners. The bunches are hanging on a hook in my basement.