I have been longing to create a DIY Tassel Garland… I see all of the beautiful, colorful tassels hanging neatly in a row in Pinterest pictures. But then I click on the links and gawk at the price! Really?! You want me to pay $59 for this?
So, naturally I was determined to figure out how to make my own DIY Tassel Garland using something that I had PLENTY of… old kids’ clothes.
I rounded up shirts, leggings, and shorts in a variety of colors to match the color scheme in my youngest daughter’s room and pulled out the kitchen shears — Sorry, Hubby, I lost my fabric scissors! 🙂 By the way, I don’t recommend using kitchen shears.
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Another kitchen staple, baker’s twine served as the perfect neutral and sturdy string for hanging my DIY Tassel Garland.
I would only recommend using butcher’s twine that is intended for cooking (like the one above). If you do an Amazon search for butcher’s twine it brings up a bunch of cute colored twines also, but in my opinion they are not sturdy enough for this project.
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Here’s how I made my DIY Tassel Garland:
1. Gather up old clothes in the colors or patterns that you want for your finished garland. I used one pair of shorts, three pairs of leggings, and two long-sleeve shirts for mine, but you could easily use fewer pieces of clothing.
2. For shorts-
Cut up left side seam, from top to bottom. Repeat on right side seam. You should then have one piece of the front side of the shorts and one back piece.
3. Cut out the waist band, leg hems, and side seams of your shorts, saving them for later. You should be left with a solid piece of fabric with only the front and back middle seams. Now you’re ready to start cutting your tassels!
4. Cut long strips of fabric about 1/2″ to 3/4″ wide on each side of the seam, leaving about 1 1/2″ to 2″ of uncut fabric in the middle. This is what your fabric should look like when you are finished cutting.
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5. Starting at the bottom middle, roll fabric tightly. Then fold in half so that your tassel looks like this.
6. Cut baker’s twine to the length that you want your finished garland. Fold your first tassel over the baker’s twine. Using another piece of baker’s twine about 6″ long, tie a tight double knot around the folded tassel about 3/4″ from the top. You now have your first tassel attached to your garland! Don’t worry about the long pieces of twine hanging down from your tassel – we’ll deal with that later.
7. For long-sleeve shirts –
You can use the sleeves or the bodice part of the shirt. I used both for my garland. The white one is a long-sleeve shirt from Crazy8. Cut along all seams until you are left with just the front or back solid piece of your shirt. I used the back of the shirt, and saved the cute gold star on the front of the shirt for another DIY craft project.
The light purple tassels from my garland are from the sleeves of this shirt. Cut the sleeves off at the shoulder, and then cut up the seam of the sleeve until you have one long, flat piece of fabric. Again, be sure to save the seam pieces for later.
8. Repeat steps 4-6, cutting thin strips of fabric, rolling the tassels, folding them in half over your garland twine piece, and tying closed.
9. For leggings –
Cut legs off of leggings at the thigh area, then cut hem off of leg. Cut straight up seam of leg from top to bottom. Go back and remove entire seam from the piece of fabric, keeping it intact to use later. Once you have a solid piece of fabric, repeat steps 4-6.
10. Once all of your tassels are attached to your DIY Tassel Garland, trim all excess baker’s twine from the “neck” of your tassels. Then, use hot glue gun to cover baker’s twine tie with seam pieces in coordinating colors.
11. Trim your tassels so that they are all the same length and volia!, you’re done!
This super cute tassel garland is perfect for to hang on the wall of your little girl’s room, to decorate a party table, or to hang across your mantle! And, it would be cute with patterned fabrics also. If you make your own, I’d love to see a photo!
Don’t have the time though…
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