One of my favorite parts of doing Harper’s room was DIYing this tassel garland. I was inspired by this piece from Pottery Barn, but something kept me from forking up the $99 for it. It wasn’t quite the color scheme I was looking for and it seemed easy enough to make so I decided to give it a shot.
I started by deciding on the colors. I knew I wanted to bring in some orange tones to offset all of the pink going on in her room. Generally I try to avoid pink, I’ve just never been much of a fan, though you probably can’t tell from her finished room!
Given all the COVID craziness happening now, I decided to just place an order for pickup at Joann‘s. I chose a couple different types of yarn so there would be a variety of textures and used wooden beads and macrame cord that I had left over from some previous craft projects. Below are the materials I used.
- Big Twist Soft Yarn in Gold
- Big Twist Soft Yarn in Cream
- Big Twist Soft Yarn in Blush
- Lion Brand Oh Baby Organic Yarn in Ecru (recommend 2 skeins, but not essential)
- Lion Brand Oh Baby Organic Yarn in Rose (recommend 2 skeins, but not essential)
- Macrame Cord
- Wooden Beans (I used about 50 beads)
- Any Hardcover Book (I chose one that was 10 inches tall because I wanted long tassels)
- Optional: Hot Glue Gun
How to make the tassels…
Wrap the yarn around your book 25 times (more or less depending on how full you want your tassels to be).
Slip a length of yarn under the wrapped part you just finished and tie a tight knot at the top.
Cut the yarn at the bottom of the book.
Lay the tassel out and tie another length of yarn 1 inch from the top
Trim the bottom of the tassel so it’s even.
Repeat the above process until you have the desired number of tassels. (I went with an odd number so I could have one center tassel)
How to assemble the garland…
Thread the wooden beads onto the macrame cord.
Tip: If you’re having trouble threading through the hole on the bead, wrap a piece of tape tightly around the end of the cord.
Once you have all the beads threaded, lay out everything out to decide which order to put your tassels in and the general shape you want to go for.
Cut a length of yarn, depending on how far down you want the tassels to hang from the cord, and tie it to the top of the tassel.
Tie the other end of the yarn to the cord between the beads. I left 3 beads on the ends and then would alternate between 1 and 2 beads between each tassel. Repeat for each of your tassels and trim the excess yarn.
Create a loop at the end of the macrame cord and tie into a knot.
Optional: Wrap the end around the cord a few times and secure with hot glue.
Voila! Hang your tassel garland and admire your handy work!
I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you try it out or if you have any questions!