Happy Wednesday, friends! How’s everyone out in blogland? I’ve had another set of busy past few days but two big things to note is that I turned 26 on Sunday and my wedding anniversary was yesterday! If you missed out on my anniversary post – check it here. It definitely feels weird to now be officially on the older side of ‘mid-twenties’ now. In just 4 short years I’ll be 30… what?! It’s crazy how time flies. Sadly I had to work the closing shift at the library on my birthday from 2:30-8:30pm, but I got to have a nice coffee date with my hubby in the morning, happy hour after work, and then an episode of Sherlock in bed! I’ll take it 🙂
Today I’m bringing you an easy and fun craft – a DIY tassel garland! PS I had to google if it was ‘tassel’ or ‘tassle’ – it looks like there is conflicting opinions on how you actually spell this word! I’m just going to go with ‘tassel’ for now, though. This type of garland is perfect for parties, weddings, showers, and even just to hang as decor! I’ll show you how to make an easy tassel which can be applied to all tassel-y projects in your future! Let’s get started, shall we?
Tassel Garland Materials
– Square of cardboard (half the length of it is what your finished tassel length will be, so plan accordingly!)
– Twine (not pictured)
I got all the embroidery floss at Michael’s and they were like 69 cents a piece – what a deal!
(Excuse the chippy nail polish)
Start by winding your embroidery floss around your bit of cardboard. Remember, your finished tassel will be half the length of the board, and twice as thick, since we will be folding the floss in half. Wind the string around until desired thickness and then snip the end.
Carefully slide your loops of embroidery floss off the cardboard. Lay the loops on top of a 3-4 inch piece of string and tie the ends of that string around the middle of your bundle. Double knot for security! This will be the string that you will hang your tassel from.
Take your scissors and cut the looped ends on either side of the hanging string. Trim any uneven ends, but don’t cut your hanging string!
Holding your hanging strings, gently pull down the rest of the embroidery floss threads so they form the beginning of a tassel shape. Get them all going in one direction!
Take another 5-6 inch piece of string and wind it around your new bundle of embroidery floss. Wrap it around several times and then tie the ends together and knot to secure in place. Trim the ends for a clean finish. And that’s how you make a tassel! Repeat steps 1-5 to make as many tassels as you want. I used 4 different colors and made 5 of each color for a total of 20 tassels, but you may want to make more or less depending on how long your tassel garland will be!
Decide on a pattern and start tying your tassels onto a length of twine using the hanging strings we made earlier. I just tied a double knot and then snipped the ends of the hanging strings so they blended in more!
The tassels are actually remarkably easy to slide around, even once tied relatively tightly to the twine, so feel free to tie them all on and then move them around a bit to even the spacing!
And here’s what the finished product looks like hanging up in my nook bed!
This tassel garland combines all my fave colors and goes perfectly with the scheme of my nook room/craft room!
Where would you use a tassel garland like this? Which colors would you use?