Have fun adding some tissue paper garland or "festooning" to your next special event!!

Let’s make a tissue paper garland so we can FESTOON!
What is that??

fes·toon
/fe’stoon/ (verb)
to adorn (a place or thing) with ribbons, garlands or other decorations

Learn how to make this colourful tissue paper garland!
Learn how to make this colourful tissue paper garland!

Now that kinda sounds like fun, doesn’t it? We can all use a little festooning in our lives!

I don’t know about you but I’m a bit of a tissue paper addict. I LOVE tissue paper! It just has this fun-ness about it that makes you feel like a kid.

This tissue paper garland is actually quite easy to make, inexpensive and ideal for so many things including party decor for birthdays, showers or any other special event. It also makes a great kids project. We regularly use it to decorate our Store displays.

The good thing about tissue paper is that it’s available in so many awesome colours. This lets you customize your garland colours to co-ordinate with any event or project.

For this garland, we decided on some bright colours like hot pink and lime green with white as an accent. Feels like a fiesta!!

How to make your tissue paper garland-

Follow our 7 easy steps to make your tissue paper garland…here we go!

Step 1 – Select your tissue paper colours!

Here are the supplies we used to make our tissue paper garland!
Here are the supplies we used to make our tissue paper garland!

First, to make our paper garland we need tissue paper! Solid colours are best but you could certainly add some patterned tissue paper or sparkly Gemstones in one of the layers.

Step 2 – Fold your tissue paper!

Using a full 20" x 30" sheet of tissue paper, fold in half so you have 2 layers
Using a full 20″ x 30″ sheet of tissue paper, fold in half so you have 2 layers

Now we start folding the tissue paper. Take the 20″ width and fold it in half so you end up with a 10″ x 30″ long strip. Do this for each of the colours you’ll be using in your tissue garland.

Step 3 – Fold your tissue paper…again!

Fold the tissue sheet length ways one more time so you have a total of 4 layers
Fold the tissue sheet length ways one more time so you have a total of 4 layers

Yup, one more time! Your strip should now be 5″ wide and 30″ long. Repeat for all the colours. This now gives you 4 layers of tissue.

Step 4 – Cut your tissue paper!

Starting at one end, make 1/4" cuts all the way down your tissue paper strip. Make sure you don't cut all the way through!
Starting at one end, make 1/4″ cuts all the way down your tissue paper strip. Make sure you don’t cut all the way through!

Before you start cutting your fringe, cut the folded ends along the top and bottom of your strip so that all 4 layers are separate pieces. Much easier to do that step now before you cut all the fringe!

Now you’re ready to cut the fringe. There are fancy scissors on the market that will do this step a little faster but we did ours the old fashioned way with regular scissors.

Carefully make cuts approximately 1/4″ wide down the entire length of your tissue paper strip. Be sure that your cuts don’t cut all the way through each width cause that’s called confetti!! Leave about a 1/4″ uncut along the one side (as shown in the above photo).

Step 5 – Cut all your tissue paper colours!

Cut all the tissue paper colours that you'll be using for your garland
Cut all the tissue paper colours that you’ll be using for your garland

Repeat step #4 for all the colours that you’ll be using in your tissue paper garland. Set aside all the fringed strips in piles according to colour so they’re ready for assembling.

Step 6 – Stack your tissue paper!

Now stack your 3 tissue paper layers on top of each other
Now stack your 3 tissue paper layers on top of each other

To start making your garland, stack the 3 colours of tissue paper strips one on top of the other.

Step 7 – Twist your tissue paper!

Starting at one end of your tissue paper stack, twist all 3 layers together by making short quarter turns. Keep twisting until you’re done the entire length. Repeat this step for all your fringed tissue strips.

You can watch our short video on how to twist your tissue paper garland!

Once you’ve finished all the strips, you can attach them together with a staple or even a little tape to make the garlands longer.

Now you’re ready to festoon!!!!

Use your colourful tissue paper garland to decorate your next party, shower or event. You can even use it on your cake!
Use your colourful tissue paper garland to decorate your next party, shower or event. You can even use it on your cake!
Tissue paper garland looks great on party favors, gift bags and boxes too!
Tissue paper garland looks great on party favors, gift bags and boxes too!
You can use your fringed tissue paper garland to dress up your helium filled balloons!
You can use your fringed tissue paper garland to dress up your helium filled balloons!

Ready to start on your tissue garland project?

Visit Essential Packaging online and get all your tissue supplies! Happy festooning!

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