diy tassel garland
Hi friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and of course…food. Ours was great - we went to Chicago to visit my brother and sister-in-law and their new pup Bruce. Great food, lots of laughs, and some quality family time. Doesn’t get much better than that!
When we got back home, we decided to go pick out our Christmas tree. We get a real tree each year because growing up I was never able to have one in the house (my brother was allergic). Once we had the tree set up, I wanted to spruce up the rest of the house with some holiday cheer! First thing to tackle was the mantel - my favorite part!
I wanted to add some of my new yarn crafts to the mantel this year and noticed a lot of tassel garlands happening around Instagram. So I decided to make my own! It really is an easy project - probably even easier than the pom pom garland that I made here.
So first you will need to round up your supplies (I have a full supplies list at the end of this post that is linked). You will just need yarn, and then either some additional yarn for the garland strand, or twine. I used yarn in these photos, but when making additional ones decided on twine and like the look/feel of that better.
Step 1: You will be using the width of your hands to create these tassels. So begin by holding one end of the yarn in your hand as shown in picture 1 below, and then wrapping the yarn around your hand (I wrapped it 20 times) and cutting the yarn once wrapped 20 times - see picture 2 below.
Step 2: Now you will take that bundle of yarn off of your hand, and will need to cut a second small piece of yarn about 4” long. This will loop THROUGH the center of the bundle of yarn and you will want to double knot it at the top creating the top of the tassel. Do not trim these pieces of yarn as you will use these to tie the tassel onto the garland (or to attach to anything else you’d like!) See pictures below.
Step 3: Once you have that piece of yarn knotted at the top, you will want to cut through the bottom of the yarn bundle, thus creating the tassel look! See the pictures below.
Step 4: We now want to form the top little “ball” for the tassel to really take shape. You will cut yet another piece of yarn, again about 3-4”. This will then be tied and doubled knotted around the top section of the tassel, maybe about 1” down from the string that has already been tied at the top. See the pictures below.
Step 5: Trim the ends of the yarn that you just tied around the tassel, and you have your little tassel! Yay!
Step 6: Now, you will want to repeat that step for as many tassels as you would like on your garland. As I have continued to make these, I typically make 12 tassels, cut a piece of yarn or twine to be 6.5 ft. in length, and then add tassels every 6” (you will put your first tassel 6” in on the piece of yarn/twine). To attached to the garland yarn/twine, just double knot the top strings around the garland string! And there you have it!
Twine (optional - this can be used for the garland string, or you can just use more yarn)
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