October 23, 2014

DIY (dollar bin!) twine tassel garland...

DIY twine garland from dollar bin supplies! | yourwishcake.com
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.

DIY twine garland from dollar bin supplies! | yourwishcake.comDIY twine garland from dollar bin supplies! | yourwishcake.com
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.

DIY twine garland from dollar bin supplies! | yourwishcake.com
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.

DIY twine garland from dollar bin supplies! | yourwishcake.comDIY twine garland from dollar bin supplies! | yourwishcake.com
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!)

DIY twine garland from dollar bin supplies! | yourwishcake.com
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.)

DIY twine garland from dollar bin supplies! | yourwishcake.com
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

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  1. I'm just saying I'd pay you to make me a few of these... ;) NO way am I patient enough to make my own! Love them.

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    1. You flatter me so! :) I think if I come across more twine in other colors, this may become a new obsession and I'll definitely send one your way.

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  2. I am right there with Kate. I'd pay you to make me one of these for Baby Bannan's room. They're so cute, but my crafting skills and patience have gone out the window these days, ha.

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    1. If I can find more twine in other colors, I'd love to make you one! Do you have a nursery theme or specific colors you're working with? Just lemme know. ;)

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  3. Your mantle is PERFECT. Whatever those candy corn decorations are... I LOVE THEM. Living with roommates, I feel I can never really make my home mine, if that makes sense. Inspired to the max by this!

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    1. Ah, you're a gem! Thank you! The candy corn make my life complete…I kind of want a whole shelf of them. :)

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  4. I love it! I'd wrap the twine around a squash to make a stripey gourd.

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    1. Thanks, Hillary! And awesome idea—I never even thought of that.

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  5. Ok, so, I'm obsessed with this garland. I have no mantle but maybe I could decorate my... bathroom cabinet? Doesn't even MATTER, it's so super cute.

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    1. I dream of having a fireplace mantle, so I totally get it! This is the only shelf that lends itself well to decorations of this nature, so if I make a garland it usually ends up hanging on the floating shelf. :) And thank you!

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  6. That looks fantastic! Our Target dollar bins never have anything useful - just kids toys and the occasional notepad. My husband has cut me off from purchasing any more journals or notepads, so yeah. Are those painted rocks on your shelf? Oh, and I love the new header :)

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    1. Thank you for the sweet compliments, Holly! The candy corn were actually something I purchased from a local shop a couple years back…I think they're ceramic, or something like that. I hardly have any Halloween decorations, but I couldn't pass these up. They made me too happy. :)

      And it's so weird how Targets vary from store-to-store that much…especially with something generic like dollar bin items. Bummer! If you ever want a handful of extra dollar bin crafting supplies, just say the word and I can send some your way. :) I totally don't mind!

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