One of my favorite ways to decorate for a party is by using items I already have around the house and refreshing them into something fun and festive. I have a box of vintage handkerchiefs I’ve collected over the years from flea markets and thrift stores that I thought would be perfect for a party garland. I added tassels in contemporary fabrics for a modern twist.

Not only is this DIY really quick and easy (no sewing required!), it’s also easy to store with your other decorations. Pull it out for a party or even just for brunch with friends and family. Adding a garland over a tablescape draws the eye up, adding a pop of color and whimsy to your party setting.

Gather:

  • Vintage handkerchiefs (I found mine at the flea market)
  • Scrap fabric
  • Scissors
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Create:

1. Begin by folding the handkerchiefs in half so they form triangles. Tie the ends together until you have a nice long garland.

2. To make a tassel, cut a rectangle of fabric at 8-by-15 inches. Fold in half so the two 8-inch sides are together. Cut strips into the fabric from the end up, stopping about 1 inch away from the fold. Unfold the rectangle of fabric. Now roll the fabric up lengthwise so the cut strips of fabric are on each side. Once it is rolled up, fold in half and tie around the top with a piece of yarn or a strip of fabric. You should now have a little loop at the top. Thread a long strip of fabric through the loop and tie. You will use the ends of the strip to tie it to the garland.

3. Tie the tassels in between the handkerchiefs. I hung the handkerchief garland first, so I could see where I wanted to place the tassels, since they are different colors.

4. Hang your garland and enjoy your fabulous party!

Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found at your favorite stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at denadesigns.com