DIY Patriotic Tussie Mussies

I have a fun little DIY for your Independence Day celebration, Patriotic Tussie Mussies! These Tussie Mussies celebrate the Red, White and Blue while adding some vintage charm as a decoration or party favor for the 4th of July!

They’re also fun to assemble and go together quickly once you have all your supplies gathered together.

To make these patriotic tussie mussies, you’ll need some scrapbook paper.

I had some patriotic paper left over from  hoisting sails on cupcakes and sailing into summer. Vintage Nation 12″ x 12″ Cardstock Paper Pack from the Paper Studio is still available at Hobby Lobby. Make sure you download Hobby Lobby’s mobile app to your smart phone so you can access their 40% off weekly coupon when you shop.

You can also find single sheets of scrapbook paper in every pattern imaginable at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. These tussie mussies would be fun to create for any holiday, birthday or celebration!

( I’m already imagining all the spooky fun I can have with these for Halloween <|:>)

In addition to the scrapbook paper, I used silver tinsel chenille stems, silver metallic ribbon from my Christmas stash (note the 2006 date on the spool of ribbon. . .yes, I am a hoarder ), patriotic tinsel garland from Dollar Tree, leftover cupcake picks and some patriotic three-dimensional stickers from the scrapbook aisle at Michaels.

I wanted my tussie mussies to be sized for the plates on my Red, White and Liberty Blue Table, so I cut the paper into 8 x 8 inch squares. After rolling these cones, I decided I preferred them with some pattern on the inside, instead of the white back of the paper visible.

 I glued a 4 x 8 inch scrap of stars & stripes paper left from trimming it, to the back. A glue stick makes it easy to adhere the two pieces of paper together, without wrinkles.

Roll your 8 inch square piece of scrapbook paper into a cone, overlapping the paper edges slightly.  Use a binder clip to help keep the cone shape while gluing.

I cut a small piece of tinsel garland to hang from the bottom and placed it inside the cone before gluing the cone shut with a glue gun. In addition to pattern, the extra layer of paper on inside of top of the cone adds some stability for hanging. Use a hole punch and thread your chenille stem through the holes, wrapping the ends to secure it. I used two chenille stems twisted together per cone.

I ran a bead of glue to attach some silver metallic ribbon on the glued seam for a decorative touch. It also helps camouflage any extra glue that might show on your seam. Use the ribbon, decorative braid or trim of your choice. Once the chenille handle was in place, I glued a piece of tinsel garland along the inside top edge of the cone. I removed the toothpick from the paper fan cupcake pick for a base for a 3-D patriotic sticker that I glued on the front of the cone.

🇺🇸 America 🇺🇸

 🇺🇸 Stars & Stripes Forever 🇺🇸

🇺🇸 Land of the Free 🇺🇸

Now comes the fun part:

Fill your cones with paper shred and add your goodies, treats or candy to your tussie mussies! I pledge allegiance to the Dollar Spot at Target where I found packages of patriotic bubble wands, straws and pinwheels. . .just the right price and fun to the delight of my inner 4-year old. ;) Sparklers and party picks add a nod to the Red, White and ‘Bloom’ for the 4th of July.

Exercise your Freedom and Independence and use whatever embellishments you desire to create these Patrotic Tussie Mussies!

Land of the Free Because of the Brave.


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  23 comments for “DIY Patriotic Tussie Mussies

  1. Linda L
    June 24, 2019 at 7:11 am

    That is such a clever idea! I might make a few, and as a surprise hang on my neighbors door knobs. Thanks for another great idea.

  2. Ann Woleben
    June 24, 2019 at 7:24 am

    What fun! My nieces will love these. Your blog is always inspiring and so lovely! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Kathy M.aa
    June 24, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Always thought these were only done with flowers. What a cute idea for a holiday table setting. You are so clever. Enjoy this hot weather and definitely spend some time out on the lake with Lola.

  4. Karen
    June 24, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Love it! Thanks so much!🇺🇸

  5. Sharon
    June 24, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Mary, I love your creative ideas! This is so adorable, I just want to run out to Hobby Lobby, Target and the Dollar store right now! I have guests coming and think this would be a fun way to welcome them and tuck in a little something personal with homemade goodies to enjoy. Thanks so much for your inspiration!

  6. June 24, 2019 at 8:28 am

    The patriotic tussie mussies are so clever and fun, Mary! I must try this with some of my grands. They would have such fun. Thank you for your DIY and inspiration, as always.

  7. Donna
    June 24, 2019 at 8:53 am

    So carefully and sweetly done. Great directions.

  8. Sandi Lee
    June 24, 2019 at 9:08 am


  9. Debbie
    June 24, 2019 at 10:11 am

    These are so adorable. Thanks for the great ideas.

  10. Clara
    June 24, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Mary, These look like a fun project & cute favors for guests. Thanks for the idea! Have a great day! Clara🇺🇸

  11. June 24, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Great idea! So patriotic. I may have to make these for new neighbors like your reader Linda L suggested. Happy 4th to you and yours.

  12. anne
    June 24, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Adorable! Thank you for sharing. This idea could be used for so many holidays. I’m already thinking about Halloween!!
    Happy 4th to you, your husband and sweet Lola!

  13. Betsy
    June 24, 2019 at 10:39 am

    By admitting that you stored something since 2006 and used it creatively in 2019, well…let’s just say that I’m likely not the only one who feels redeemed with this knowledge!

  14. June 24, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Such a fun decoration or party favor Mary! You’re right too, infinite possibilities, can’t wait to see your Spooky ones! It’s handy to have a lot of crafting things on hand, plus you can’t beat the Target $ spot for treasure!

  15. June 24, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Mary, these are so festive and fun for any holiday! Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

  16. June 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Very festive and sparkly Mary! Just my kind of craft:@)

  17. June 24, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Mary, I always love a cute tussie mussie. These are the best, combining the charm of a tussie mussie and the festive colors and theme of the 4th. I had a 30 minute window between appointments this afternoon, so I zipped into the $ Store in hopes of picking up a few things to make some of my own. Not anything of interest other than straws. I’ll need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby or Michaels. I’m not hosting anything on the 4th, but still would be fun to make these.
    Thanks for the inspiration. Pinning away here!

  18. Susan
    June 24, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Happy Patriotic 4th to you and your “Family”

    your ideas are for the tussie mussie’s are so charming and clever! I really like your romanticized place settings also. You always have such inventive ideas!


  19. Kari
    June 25, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Love these Mary…and so easy to whip up with “stuff” one already has in our stash. You are always so clever. thanks.

  20. Liz
    June 25, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Those are cute. What a fun idea!

  21. June 25, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    These Tussie Mussies are just beautiful and so Patriotic! Thanks for the complete tutorial. I agree: they could be made for any holiday or birthdays. Your ideas are so creative!

  22. Sandra Lee
    June 25, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    You are so talented. I love looking at all of your cute pics and recipes. Thanks for brightening my day!

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