8.14.2013

Pleated Book Page Tassels {5 Days of Book Page Crafts: Day 3}


I hope y'all are enjoying this series so far. It's been really fun for me to come up with these projects and share them with you. Perhaps you've been inspired to make some of your own? I hope so! 

If you'd like to catch up or see the previous posts, here are day 1 (cone garland) and day 2 (flower pouf).

Today's craft - pleated paper book page tassels - is super, super easy and quick to churn out. I almost feel silly writing a "real" tutorial for them. They were loosely inspired by some tissue paper tassel garlands I've seen hanging around Pinterest like this one. The fun part about this book page craft is that you can customize and embellish them however you want. So the tutorial today is for a basic pleated paper tassel, but don't let that stop you from being creative with them! Paint 'em, washi tape 'em, dip dye 'em...go crazy!

Supplies Needed:
  • Book pages
  • Tape or stapler
  • Optional: extras to embellish (washi tape, paint, dye, ribbon, colorful twine/string, etc.)
(Yes, that's really all you need for the basic tassel!)

Step 1: Pleat book pages.


Accordion fold a single book page either long or short-ways depending on how long you want your tassel to be. You can also vary the width of your pleats to make either a fat or skinny tassel.

Step 2: Fold the pleated book page in half.


Self explanatory :).

Step 3: Pinch together and secure the folded end.


I used washi tape to do this since I wanted to add a little festive color and definition to the top of the tassel, but you can also throw a staple in there about a half-inch from the top if you want to keep it simple, or have another idea for embellishing them!

Step: 4: Fan out the loose end of the tassel to give it some volume.



And that's it! It's easy to make a bunch of these little tassels in about an hour's time. I think it took me all of 10 minutes to make several? So if you need a quick, last-minute party decoration, this is a great one!


I can think of so many uses for these cute little things: string them together to make a garland, clip them onto the edge of a table cloth for party decoration, drop a bunch into a clear bowl as a part of a centerpiece...the ideas could go on and on!

What would you use them for? And how would you embellish them? Leave a note in the comments! I love seeing your creativity at work :).




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