When did Tassel Garland become so popular? Who knows! And honestly, when you can make your very own quirky and lovely tassel garland to decorate your home — who cares?!
We all want our homes to be a reflection of who we truly are. A place that’s our oasis, a sanctuary, and a spot to have some fun. One way to spruce up the decor and surroundings in your house is to add details that might seem small, but trust us, they make a huge difference. And one of those little cute details is tassel garland!
My Fiance and I have a map poster in our room that always gave the atmosphere a little dash of wanderlust and adventure. But after looking at it for a while, I thought to myself, “This fella needs a little pizzazz.” And what do you know, the tassel garland worked out more perfectly then I could have imagined!
Not only did it not interfere with the map, as it still has its own vibe going on, but it also adds an element of quirkiness and pops the colors out even more.
Another amazing part about this DIY tassel garland is that it helps you use up all the colors of floss you have. You know, those few colors that you can’t seem to find a good fit for?
Summers ago, I was pondering the idea of getting into embroidery, and wouldn’t you know it, I stopped by a garage sale where a kind woman was selling bins FULL of floss string. Absolutely honey!
I have found so many projects to do with the floss string (Since turns out, I am not so good at embroidery), like beautiful bead bracelets, and adorable bookmarks with bookish quotes on them. But I was having trouble placing the right project with the brownish colors I had. And huzzah! The idea for a quirky tassel garland with “misfit” colors lightbulb in my brain.
Maybe that’s what makes this a quirky tassel garland, and I love that journey for all of us.
Supplies needed for Tassel Garland:
Let’s get down to it, we’ve got an adorable tassel garland to make! All you need for this DIY is scissors and string. Really! That’s it!
I chose to have 12 tassels on my tassel garland, but truthfully you can have as many as you’d like! It depends on the space you’re choosing to decorate.
- Floss String
Perhaps around stores, you’ve seen some cute tassel garland on the racks (I know I have; I’m lookin’ at you, Target), and then you peek at the price tag and decide you don’t want to spend that much. Well, now, you don’t have to!
Nine Easy Steps for Quirky Tassel Garland
You’ve got your supplies ready to go, have something to drink and maybe a snack nearby, throw on a cozy playlist, and let’s get rocking and rolling on this tassel garland DIY!
Step One: Choose String Colors for Tassel Garland
Let’s get those colors picked out! As mentioned before, I chose some string colors that I wasn’t sure I’d have another purpose for. But I also paired up with those colors and choose some more shades that fit the vibe.
And you most certainly don’t have to use just colors you have; if you have a specific vision in mind and you want to go out and treat yourself to a little stop-and-shop at the craft store, you do you!
Step Two: Order Colors & Pick the Base String
Just as you see in the picture above, the colors are placed in the order that I’d like to have them scattered on the string holding the tassel garland up.
And that string is what we’re going to call the “base string”, which is pictured down below! This can simple be a long string of floss, or if you have some thicker or decorative string you’d like to use instead, that’s rad.
Step Three: Remove Packaging & Cut Off About 10 In. of String
Time to remove that little packaging and swoosh it into the waste basket and get to snipping. You’ll need around 10 inches of string from each color you’ve picked out (NOT the base string); you can eyeball it if that’s your jig.
This part may seem a little bit tedious and repetitive, but this is where you can really see your colors coming together and how they look next to each other. You may even decide to switch some colors around; who knows!
Step Four: Set the 10 in. Strings Aside & Fold Your Floss String in Half
Once you’ve cut off all your string, set it aside (in the order you’d like them in) and take each of your colors and fold them in half like the pictures below.
This is where the beginning morphing stages of the tassel garland is coming into play! Just you watch out, they grow up fast!
Step Five: Use 10 in. String to Tie Around the Floss String
This part may seem a little tricky at first, but once you’ve done one of them, it’ll be a breeze. I believe in you!
You’ll want to leave at least a fingertip’s worth of a loop on the top (You can use your fingers to measure, as in the picture below) and wrap your string below that.
Wrap the string around several times, but leave enough room for knotting (the next step)!
Step Six: Knot Off the String & Snip Off the Extra
Alrighty, so your string has been wrapped around and around, and now it’s time to make a knot. You may want to double knot, just to be safe. And once you’ve got your knot secure, you can cut off any extra string you don’t want on your tassel.
Step Seven: Cut the Bottom of the Tassels & Trim
Now you get to play hairdresser; it’s time to give these little tassels for your tassel garland a string cut!
Take each tassel and hold the top part between your fingers while you take your scissors and place them through the loop on the bottom of your tassel. You want to cut down the middle, so you’re breaking the loop.
Sometimes you’ll miss a few, and that’s totally okay! When you’re trimming the bottom to even your tassel out, you can go in and snip those loose loops.
HELPFUL TIDBIT: If you’re having some trouble holding your tassel and cutting the bottom at the same time, try using a thick pen and sliding it through the top hole of your tassel so you can have more control. Super easy!
Step Eight: Get Base String Ready & Slide Tassels Through
After all your little tassels have had their little strings cut, you can slide them through your base string. Your base string length depends on where you’d like to hang it afterward, so be sure to measure that ahead of time!
Get one last look to see if you like the way your colors are arranged for your tassel garland and if so, let’s move on to the last step.
Step Nine: Hang Up Your Tassel Garland!
And finally, it’s time to hang up this priceless and quirky tassel garland! Once you’ve got your spot picked out and you’ve either tied the ends of the base string to tacks/nails (As I did in the photo) or fastened them in another way, you can arrange your tassels.
Spread out your tassels a bit, so they’re evenly spaced throughout the base string; this brings out the best-looking result. And since it’s unlikely the tassel garland will be touched very much (unless you plan on moving it), once you take your time with this, you won’t have to do it again!
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a beautiful, quirky, made-with-love, delightful tassel garland. Hang it up in your home, gift it to a loved one, or even make it into some holiday decor! When you’ve got your creativity in the mix, and you believe in yourself, the imaginative possibilities can go on and on.
Enjoy your tassel garland!
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