How to Make Tassel Decorations for Fourth of July

You only need three supplies for this simple craft to do at home with the kids.

Have you ever seen a strand of tissue paper tassel garland? These simple-to-make decorations are still a popular choice when it comes to garland needs at a party. You can either make your own or purchase a readymade set. What makes them so popular? They’re simple, but yet still make a great decorating impact. But these tassels aren’t just for garlands. Swapping yarn for tissue, your child can make a set of tassels that, when strung together, become the perfect, simple handlebar decoration for a Fourth of July bike parade.


  • Red, white and blue Lion Brand Yarn bonbon mini skeins
  • Scissors
  • Scrap cardboard


For a small yarn project like this, Lion Brand Yarn bonbon skeins are perfect to use! They’re small shape makes winding the yarn a snap for smaller hands. Each package comes with eight bonbons and tend to be sold by color families.

To get started, find a piece of scrap cardboard that’s the length your child would like the tassels to be. For this group, we used the flap from a shipping box and made it about 6″ long.

Using the bonbon, loosely wrap the yarn around the cardboard 20 times.

Keeping it loose makes removing the yarn very easy.

Next, cut a small piece of yarn and tie it around one end of your wrapped yarn. Wrap the string around the knot several times and knot again.

At the other end of the wound yarn, cut through the loops with your scissors. Trim the yarn so that they’re all the same length. Repeat the same process for the other two colors; don’t forget to make another set for both ends of the handlebar!

Selecting a yarn color of your choice, cut a long piece of yarn and string the three tassels through it. Tie the tassel group to the end of the handlebar. To add an additional level of Fourth of July flair to your decorations, add a construction paper star to the ends of the handlebars and weave patriotic crepe paper through the wheel spokes.


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