A few months ago I was on Etsy and I found this fabric tassel garland decoration that would look really cute in Ellie's nursery... Only problem? It was around $45 and I figured I could probably make it myself for a fraction of that price. So, I decided to attempt my own DIY garland tassel and I was actually pleasantly surprised at how it turned out! (I have been watching wayyy too much of HGTV's Steal That Look)... Oh, and best part? It ended up costing only $7!
What you will need:
Here are the 7 different fabrics that I chose. Each piece is a fat quarter (18x22in). I bought all of these at Walmart for about $7. If you have scrap fabric at home, then use that! And you probably don't really need as much fabric as I have, but I wanted some variety in patterns.
Unfold one of the pieces of your fabric and have your ruler and scissors handy!
Cut a strip that is 3.5x18in.... It doesn't have to be exact, just try to cut as straight as possible!
Fold your strip of fabric in half. It should now be about 9 inches long instead of 18.
Next, cut 5 even strips through your folded piece of fabric (each strip approx. 3/4 inch wide).
Don't cut all the way through.. Stop at about 1/2 inch from the top.
Now when you unfold it this is what it should look like! Flip the fabric over.... and don't judge my lovely cutting skills... Like I said, my scissors were a just a *little* dull. ;)
AND ROLL the fabric up like this!
Next, lay your twine or string (or whatever you are going to hang your tassels from) ON TOP of the fabric.
Now the tricky part (at least for me it was). Loop the tassel through the hole that you see in the picture above so your fabric and string look like the picture below! :)
**Helpful Tip: Hold on to the middle of the fabric while you do this step so your tassels turn out to be the same length once you finish tying them**
Pull the ends of the tassel tight and HOORAY! You are all done (with ONE of many, many more! ;)
Just repeat all of those steps until you have a tassel garland that is the perfect size for you! :)
Now, if you are more of a visual person, (Like I am) here is a video I made showing you the steps!
Since we are moving pretty soon, the tassel isn't hung up in Ellie's Nursery permanently. It's just hanging from the curtain rod for now to keep it out of the way. I am planning on hanging it above her changing table or crib, along with some other decor. I will post pictures of her nursery when the time comes...But for now, here is the finished product! :)