Have you seen all the beautiful bulletin boards these days? Amazing fonts, colors, pom-poms, and garlands have me swooning. I had been looking to purchase some yarn tassel garland for my bulletin boards, but didn’t have much luck finding exactly what I wanted. Heck, I actually had trouble finding yarn tassels at all. That’s why I decided to make my own!
The nice part about making your own tassel garland is that you can be the boss of your own garland. You get to decide the colors, length, thickness, pattern, and spacing of the tassels. Coordinate your colors to match a specific bulletin board, or make something fun and colorful that can stay up all school year.
Now, I know that yarn tassel garlands are not necessary for kids to learn. I just like my spaces to feel pretty. Pretty spaces make me feel happy, and happiness is the fuel that keeps me going strong throughout the day at school. Well, that and a cup of tea.
I bought my yarn at Walmart. You will also need scissors, a book, and some masking tape.
I also decided to use twisted white mason line for the string to hang my tassels. It would also be fine to just use a piece of the yarn.
Cut a piece of yarn *about* 8 inches in length and use the masking tape to secure it to the spine of the book as shown below. Don’t worry about measuring the string. If it hangs off the book a little on each end, it will work fine. The size of your book will determine the size of your tassel.
Then, take the end of your yarn and run it in the opposite direction across the book like this.
Wrap it tightly around the book until you have the desired thickness for your tassel. I wrapped mine 30 times.
Remove the tape from the spine of the book and tie a double knot to secure one end of the tassel.
I make a very loose knot at the top of that string to keep it separate from the rest of the tassel.
Next, flip the book over and cut across the center of pages.
Then, your tassel will come off the book and look like this.
Gather the tassel and tie another piece of yarn across the top. Wrap that piece of yarn around the tassel several times and tie it in a knot in the back. Trim that piece of yarn short.
Here is a finished tassel.
Go ahead and make as many tassels as you need. The more you make, the faster you’ll get at making them. It takes about 3-5 minutes per tassel. I made 15 tassels in an hour.
Finally, it’s time to attach your tassels to a string. Untie that loose knot at the very top of your tassel. Then, tie the tassels to a string. Space them how you like.
Trim the extra yarn from the top of each tassel.
Now, it’s time to decorate!
I tied a small loop at each end of the garland and secured it to my bulletin board with push pins.
This tassel garland will surely make me smile each day. I hope you decide to make one, too! Enjoy!