Over the past week, I've been slowly making a bunch of these little twine tassels, and finally got around to making them into a seasonal garland for my favorite floating shelf. (I dream of someday having a fireplace mantel to decorate as the seasons change, but for now, this humble shelf is the one place that changes most throughout the year!) I thought I'd share this very simple project with you—especially because it cost a total of around $2 to make the whole thing.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Target's dollar bins speak my love language.
I picked up four of these from Target a couple weeks ago and knew I wanted to make some sort of garland with them, but I wasn't sure how I was going to make it work. Twine-wrapped something or other? A bit of crochet, perhaps? Pom-poms? Then I came across this project on Pinterest and kind of loved it—mostly because everyone is a little obsessed with tassels right now (and I'm ready to jump on the bandwagon, clearly), yet I rarely see any made from twine.
Because that tutorial is in a completely different language, I ended up just going by the photo and figured out how to do it as I went along. It's a fairly simple process, but if you need a more step-by-step guide, there are a bunch of other tutorials on Pinterest! To get the tassels the size I ended up with, I wrapped the twine around three of my fingers 20 times, then tied off the top as shown in the photo. After they were tied up, I snipped the ends to make sure they were even. Also, I found it easier to use a dab of hot glue to secure the wrapped twine that is around each tassel—it saved a bit of time, plus it ended up looking less messy without all the knotted ends poking out every which way.
I found it easiest to thread the individual tassels using a tapestry needle, which is larger and easy to thread without it getting caught in the twine. (I only recently purchased a set of these needles, and they are kind of awesome, actually. I use them more than I thought I would!)
I wasn't sure how the garland was going to turn out, or whether it would even work on this shelf, but I'm quite pleased with how it looks. I'm kind of thrilled to have another October decoration that I can put up year after year. I have so few things that I've collected over the years for Halloween specifically (I'm not really a Halloween decorator, in general) so this garland will be a special thing to bring out every October. (And I'm not going to lie, I'm crossing my fingers that Target has this same twine in Christmas colors next month! It's going to be tassel city up in here.)
Because I only ended up using around half (maybe less) of the twine I purchased, I still have a bit leftover that I'm saving for another project. What would you would make? Any ideas for me to try next? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
— Further reading: DIY Yarn Pom-Pom Garland