I Can DIY That: Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

The bridal shower and bachelorette weekend has finally passed and now my only focus is writing a toast that will promise to bring tears to everyone's eyes. That's my goal, because I have a feeling my lame jokes just won't be enough to make the guests laugh. 

Now that the celebrations are over I'm excited to share one of the DIY projects I made for the bachelorette party. It took everything for me to not snap a photo and post it to Instagram once I'd finished it, just so I didn't ruin the surprise. 

In addition to today's post, I've decided to start bringing you one of my many DIY projects each month!

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In my true frugal fashion, I didn't want to spend a ton of money on decorations that weren't going to get used again. Not to mention, the cost of a tissue paper tassel garland on Esty can range anywhere for $15-$40! WHAT?! $40 for cut up tissue paper? I don't think so. 

I hate to spend money on things that I can make myself. So, I headed to every female's favorite store, or personal hell since you can't leave without spending $100; Target. 

What you'll need:

  • Tissue paper in alternating colors. I picked this up at target in the clearance party isle. 
  • String or ribbon to string the tissue paper through.
  • Tape. I opted for glitter craft tape to add a little shine. 

Why you'll need it:

Step 1: Gather materials.

Step 2: Open tissue paper and fold hot dog style. You can have as many layers as you'd like. I wanted fuller tassels so I opted for a few sheets. Cut your tissue paper into 4 so that you have 4 sections to create 4 tassels. 

Step 3: With each section, start from the end that isn't folded and cut into strips, stopping at about half an inch from the fold. You can make your strips as thick or thin as you'd like. 

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Step 4: Find the middle sheet and unfold so that you have strips on each side.

Step 5: Starting from one end, roll tightly down the middle.

Step 6: Now, take what you've just rolled and twist it.

Step 7: Take your twist and fold in half to create a loop for hanging.

Step 8: Use your tape to secure the loop, make sure to wrap it towards the bottom of the loop.

Step 9: Repeat to create additional tassels in various colors. Hang from string or ribbon.

This may quite possibly be the worst photos I've ever taken with glimpses of my wine and feet, but I honestly wasn't planning on doing a tutorial on it. 

It's a simple project and can easily be done while watching tv and sipping wine as you can see above. I've seen so many creative ways to use garlands on Pinterest besides parties, such as baby rooms, offices, home decor, etc. 

In all, I think I spent less than $10 making this project and as I mentioned before, they can get quite pricey when bought online. So, think before you buy, because you may be able to DIY that!

    3 Unique Activities That Help Relieve Stress

    We all get stressed. Some of use resort to exercise, yoga, meditation, house cleaning, punching things...hopefully those things are bags and not people. Regardless, there are hundreds of ways to relieve stress. 

    The ones I just named are probably the most common and surely you've heard before that they help to relieve stress. If you're anything like me doing things again and again bores you. I love a good workout, but I workout to stay active and healthy, not to relieve my stress. 

    Here are three unique options I turn to when I'm feeling a little stressed out. 

    3 Activities To Relieve Stress

    Pottery Painting

    Whether you're creative or not pottery paining can be a lot of fun and relaxing. Find a studio near you, pick out the piece you like and paint away. Don't worry if you aren't creative, you hop on your phone for ideas on how to decorate your piece. Working with your hands and having the freedom to create anything you want is so soothing and before you know it your worries and stress will be left at the door. Just be sure not to pick it back up on your way out. 

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    Eating

    I'm not talking about stress eating. Ignore the sugary, high in fat foods that you always want to gravitate towards when you're stressed. Instead, opt for foods like walnuts, avocados, berries, dark chocolate, oranges or oatmeal. All contain antioxidants or nutrients that help to relieve stress, raise serotonin levels and calm our nerves. Who knew! Snacking on these healthier options will not only perk you right up, but they'll keep you from feeling that crash you get after eating the stress foods you normally go after. 

    YouTube

    Laughing can be one of the best ways to relieve stress. YouTube is home to some of the funniest things I've ever seen. Stupid at times yes, but sometimes you just need to laugh at something totally dumb. If you can't admit to finding a cat blooper video funny then you have no humor. Here are a few of my favorite laughable videos to help jump-start the stress reducing process. 

    Kittens Inspired By Kittens - I could watch this over and over and over...oh wait. I already do. 

    #VacationFail - Basically anything related to Jimmy Fallon makes me laugh but the Hashtag series cracks me up. 

     

     

     

    Music Monday: Girls Night Out + Beautiful Ruins Review

    I feel like this upcoming weekend has just been hanging over me and teasing me for the last 6 months. My best fried's bridal shower and bachelorette party are this weekend and I've been planning since April. Every detail is finalized, party favors ready to go and all I need to do is pack and wait for 6:55pm Friday to get here and I'll be on my way to St. Louis. 

    Miriah and I are complete opposites on nearly everything. She's a barrel racing Midwestern girl through and through. Loves her country music, horses and cowboy boots. I on the other hand love a good beat, wedges and a Target within 5 minutes of me. They say opposites attract though, and Miriah and I have definitely found a match made in heaven within each other. 

    So, when I went to create a playlist on Spotify for our #BrideTheBull weekend, I had to remember not to only add the songs I love, but also add in some country favorites. After all, the theme of the weekend is country, hence the hashtag. Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter. 

    "Here For The Party" - Gretchen Wilson

    "Lady Marmalade" - Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink

    "Only Prettier" - Miranda Lambert

    "Boys, Boys, Boys" - Lady Gaga

    "Blue Jeans" - Jessie James

    "Partition" - Beyonce

    "Hell On Heels" - Pistol Annies

    "Buttons" - Pussycat Dolls

    "Somethin' Bad" - Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert

    "Turn Down For What" - DJ Snake, Lil John

    "Wanted" - Jessie James

    "Wiggle" - Jason Derulo, Snoop Dogg

    If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I did a little exploring over the weekend. I'll have more on that later this week. I also finished Beautiful Ruins. I picked it up about a month ago when Miriah was visiting. It's since been on a lot of 'Must Read' lists that I've seen floating around, but honestly I picked it because of the cover photo. 

    Last summer I went to Italy for two weeks and we went to Cinque Terre. The cover photo is one of the five fishing villages that lines the Ligurian Sea. It was such a gorgeous area, so I knew I had to get the book simply for its cover. It turns out, the book is just as amazing as the cover. If you love a story with intertwining characters and stories then I highly recommend it. It made me wish I was back in Italy, sipping wine and taking in the smell of the sea. 

    Now, I'm onto reading #GirlBoss. Then again, who isn't right now? It's a shorter one so I'm sure I'll have it finished before my flight on Friday. Any suggestions on good reads?