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Magazine-Paper Tassel Gift Toppers

Glossy magazines have something e-readers never will: crisp, saturated pages you can repurpose in this genius way. Flip through old issues and snip parts of images containing colors and patterns you like. Then, turn your clippings into these tasseled toppers.

magazine paper tassels

Photography: Jong Hyup

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2017


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  • Magazine pages

  • Scissors

  • White glue

  • Wooden skewer

  • Twine

  • Colored paper (optional)


  1. Cut a 2-by-4-inch strip of a magazine page (or, for a longer tassel, increase just the first measurement).

  2. Using fringe scissors or regular scissors, cut fringe starting from bottom of rectangle's long side, leaving a little space intact along top edge.

  3. Dab a little white glue along that top edge, and with help from a wooden skewer, carefully roll from one short side to the other. Remove skewer and let dry. If desired, cut a strip of contrastingcolor paper to overlap base of fringe; wrap and glue on.

  4. Thread both ends of a piece of twine through center of tassel. Knot ends, forming a loop you can use to attach tassel to gift.

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