Beaded Yarn Tassel Garland DIY

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Do you ever have those weeks where you just can't seem to get ahead?  

This has been my feeling lately - it can be so frustrating.  

Luckily, I've been able to spend my evenings working on this beaded yarn tassel garland [sometimes with a glass of wine], and let me tell you, wrapping yarn around cardboard over and over and over again is quite restorative.  

Tassels have been all over the Pinterest and the blogging sphere for several years now - I'm certainly not claiming to have invented anything new.  

But, unlike its tissue paper counterpart, yarn tassels have the ability to last longer as they are less delicate.  This means they can be reused party after party, room decor swap after room decor swap, and on and on and on.  

And if there's one thing that drives me absolutely bonkers, it's working tirelessly on a DIY project, just to throw it away after one use.  For the record, I rarely actually throw anything away without exhausting every possible option for reuse, much to Drew's, and my own, dismay.

Also, I was able to use up some yarn scraps and leftover beads, so that was a double plus.  And who can resist the slight 1960's boho feel of these tassels?  They are the perfect gateway drug into the world of macrame.  Now lets get started.  

Materials

Piece of cardboard

Sharp scissors

Embroidery needle with a large eye like this set (optional)

Clothespin or clip (optional)

Yarn - I used 1 skein of Caron's Simply Soft in soft green for the large minty tassels and leftover yarn for the smaller tassels 

Wooden beads of varying sizes and colors from a pack like a this one, plus a few strands of extra large beads from the jewelry-making section

Directions

Cut your cardboard down to about 5" x 8 1/2".  The 8 1/2" length will also be the approximate length of your longer tassels.

Beginning with the yarn for the longer tassels, start by wrapping the yarn around the long end of the cardboard.  Wrap until you've achieved half of your desired fullness [as you are wrapping, you can only see half of the yarn at a time].

Slide the loop off the cardboard.  

Cut a separate piece of yearn about 8" - 10" long from the same skein.  Use it to tie off the loop.

Using the scissors, cut through the loop opposite the knot and trim the ends to get a more even tassel.

Layer the beads on the strings from the knot either by using an embroidery needle or simply by twisting, turning and pushing the yarn through.  I used both methods.

Follow the same procedure for the shorter tassels.  When it comes time to trim the ends, trim the tassels to the desired length.  I trimmed mine to about 4 1/2", though I mostly just eye-balled it.  

Cut 3 pieces of yarn about 6' in length.  Knot one end and attach it with a clothespin to something like a couch cushion.  This will stabilize the yarn pieces while you braid them.

Begin braiding the yarn.  This step is totally optional.  It took a lot longer than I had expected because the remaining yarn kept getting tangled.  Every so often, I would stop braiding and detangle the ends.  All and all, it was worth it because the extra yarn strengthened the garland and hello - it looks cool.  Win, win.

Tie the tassels to the braid.

Hang, share [#craftenthus], and enjoy!


 How would you use this garland?  Party?  Living room wall?  Nursery decor?  Share with me below!

This post appeared first on Everyday Enthusiastic.  All ideas in this post are of my own opinions including any mention of companies and/or affiliate sites.  No sponsorships were involved in the creation of this post.  Photographs taken by Meredith Wheeler using a DSLR Canon Rebel T3 and edited using Photoshop CC.