To dress up our 4th of July parade wagon, I made tassles out of dollar store plastic table coverings. This is a super easy (and very cheap) project that you could use to decorate any party!

How to make $3 plastic tablecloth party tassels

Supplies

  • Dollar store plastic party tablecloths
  • Scissors
  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • Glue dots (thick style)

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Instructions

1 – Unfold your plastic tablecloth long ways but don’t open all the horizontal folds. (Hope that makes sense — here I am holding my partially unfolded tablecloth. Manicure by my 8-year-old.)

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2 – When you see a fold mark, cut off a section of tablecloth.

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3 – Make sure you have the fold at the top. This is the side to have at the bottom. See how it’s two end pieces plus a fold? You want the one big fold at the top.

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4 – Now cut this section into 1″ strips. Stop about 1.5″ from the top of the fold. You should have 5 strips.

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5 – Start rolling in the fold.

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6 – Go ahead and cut as many tassels as you like. I used 24 tassels to go all around the wagon and had plenty of tablecloth left over.

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7 – Remember the photo with the two end pieces plus the fold? Once your tassel is rolled up, snip a little off that end so you’ve cut the fold. This will maximize the movement of your tassel.

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8 – Tie the ribbon around the rolled up tassel. Do this different from the way I did: my ribbon was single-faced. That means the design is only printed on one side. Well, of course, I only wanted the printed side showing between tassels. So I about tied myself in knots trying to get the ribbon facing the right direction after every knot. Just choose a double-faced ribbon and make this easier on yourself.

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9 – I left about 3″ of space between each tassel, but this is totally up to your preference. There is no right or wrong way to do this.

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10 – Attach your tassels to your wagon (or tablecloth or whatever) with dimensional glue dots. Put the dot on the tassel instead of the ribbon.

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That’s it! Quick, easy, cheap. Make this in any color combo. It might be fun to use two or three sections of different colored tablecloths to make really full, colorful tassels.

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