DIY Tassel Garland with Yarn

This blog post was originally published on my old blog, From Honolulu to Eternity, on August 18, 2014

I might be a wee bit obsessed with garlands in my house.  Right now I have finger knits, granny squares, name pennants, and microbrew coaster garlands.  They’re everywhere!  So in keeping with that theme I decided to jump on the tassel bandwagon and add those to my garland collection.
Here’s how I did it:

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Gather your supplies.  Yarn, a picture book measuring about 8″ wide (depending on how long you want your tassels), scissors, and a yarn needle (not pictured).

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I started with this vintage sport weight yarn (given to me by my grandma) but you can use any type of yarn for this project!  I used almost the full 185 yds for 8 tassels.

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Step 1: Take a piece of yarn roughly twice as long as the width of your book (in this case the length of yarn should be 16″).  Lay this yarn on the edge of the book as pictured.

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Step 2: Holding the end of your yarn that’s attached to the main ball against the spine of the book, start wrapping! Be sure not to wrap too tightly.  I like to wrap the yarn around the book 40 times but you can do more or less depending on how thick you want your tassel to be.

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Step 3: Once you’ve finished wrapping, cut the yarn.  Make sure that both of your ends are at the spine of the book.
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Step 4: Take the 16″ piece of yarn that you laid across the book in step 1 and move it towards the BACK cover of the book.  Tie a single knot and hold it in place.
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Step 5: Cut along the spine of the book on the FRONT cover side.
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Step 6: Now double knot that yarn you single knotted in step 4.
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Step 7: Fold the bunch of yarn in half over this knot, hiding the knot and creating your tassel.

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Step 8: Cut a 20″ piece of yarn.  Hold this piece between your fore and middle finger leaving an 8″ tail.  Wrap the longer tail around the top of the tassel 6 or 7 times.  Tie off.

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Step 9: Trim the ends to make it all tidy.

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Step 10: Once you’ve made the desired number of tassels, string them on a piece of yarn, twine, or ribbon!  And tada! You have a tassel garland.

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Wasn’t that fun?  I can’t wait to make more of these for around the house.  The color combinations are endless.  What colors will you use?
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