DIY: Dip-Dye Watercolor Tissue Tassel Garland


Today i show you how to make a watercolor dip-dye tassel garland, and create a unique look in your favorite color to match any room or party theme perfectly.
The possibilites are endless, and you can either hang the garland horizontally, vertically or use it as a ballon tassel.


- white tissue paper ( one sheet makes one tassel)
- acrylic paint
- water
- bowl or plate
- clothespins
- scissors
- masking tape
- twine or ribbon


1. Fold one sheet of tissue paper in half, fold it again, and repeat one more time so that you end up with eight layers. To prevent the layers from slipping, secure the folded edge with one or two clothespins.

2. In a bowl ( or plate, or bucket), mix acrylic paint with water. The exact mixture ratio depends on how  strong you want the colors to be. I wanted to create a watercolor look, and mixed 1 tsp paint ( a combination of pink, orange, and cream) with 1/4 cup of water. For a darker result use less water.

3. Dip one half of the sheet into the mixture.

4. Let it drain shortly, then hang to dry. I used my old wooden ladder, but a regular drying rack will work fine, perhaps even better. Just make sure to protect the surface underneath in order to avoid paint splatters on the floor.
Let the sheets dry completely. If you are not happy with the color, simply repeat the dyeing process.

5. Once the sheets are dry, it's time to cut the tassels.

Cut strips towards the folded edge, but leave 1-2 inch uncut

6. Remove the clothespins, unfold the paper and spread the layers carefully. Make sure they overlap

7. Now roll up the uncut middle part of the layers, and twist.

8. Cut tape into small strips of 1-2 inch and wrap it around the twisted part of your tassel.

9. Thread the tassels on twine or ribbon

And that's it! Your garland is ready!


  1. So fun and lovely for spring. I love the idea of attaching to a balloon! Please come share at our link party going on now, if you haven't yet!

  2. These are AMAZING! Perfect for party decor!

  3. Love this tutorial! Pinned and totally making it. Thanks!

  4. I love this and will be featuring it at our Link it Or Lump it party tomorrow. Be sure to stop by and grab a feature button!

  5. These are so lovely! Ready for spring! If you have a chance, please link up to

  6. Love the watercolor! I've been wanting to give these a try for some time... thanks for the reminder :) Loved having you at the par-tay last week too. HUGS!

  7. That is so cute! I'm using a lot of paper for my wedding décor, and this would be a perfect addition. Head table back drop? Gift table? I'm not sure! So cute!

  8. thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured yesterday! - -

  9. This is so pretty! I love it and featured your tassels as an honorable mention on my blog!

  10. Hey Girl! It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog. I was just stopping by to say hello! These garlands are everywhere but I LOVE the watercolor treatment. Pinning! I am doing a great spring necklace giveaway and would love for you to come by and enter to win :) Have a joyful week!

  11. What a cute idea! Looks great, i love that you took tissue paper and made it unique.