A gorgeous little garland project you’re sure to love… introducing our wood bead tassel garland! Garlands are an easy way to add character throughout your home. Great on a mantel, draped on a plant, hanging in a doorway or window, or even as a table-setting accessory. Gather the supplies below and craft along with our step-by-step photo tutorial today!
- Natural Wood Beads – 12mm / 16mm / 20mm
- Knit Picks Acrylic Brava Sport Yarn in Red, Tranquil and Mint
- Martha Stewart Acrylic Paint in Yellow Gold
- White Cotton Twine
- Cardboard – cut to 3″ x 4.25″
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Paint a third of the large wooden beads with gold acrylic paint (we only needed eight large beads for ours). The easiest way to do this is by sliding them onto a skewer to paint and let dry.
- To make yarn tassels: Using a piece of cardboard cut to 3″ x 4.5″, hold the end of the yarn with your thumb and begin to wrap it around the cardboard lengthwise — snugly, but not too tight.
- Wrap the yarn around about twenty times and trim trim the end.
- Cut a 9″ long strand of yarn and run it under the wrapped yarn. Slide it up and tie a knot at the top.
- Slide the loops off the cardboard and tuck the tied strand ends in with the loops.
- Cut a 6″ long strand of yarn and tie it in a knot near the top of a tassel, leaving a short tail.
- Wrap the yarn around neatly with the short end underneath and the long end wrapped on top.
- Using a yarn needle (or a needle with a big eye), pass the end of the yarn under the wrapped area and into the tassel.
- Cut the loops and trim the ends of the tassel evenly.
- Make tassels in three different colors, about 3″ long. Our garland has nine tassels.
- Starting to assemble the garland — with a long needle, thread the smallest of the bead sizes onto the twine and through the top of a tassel. Trim off plenty of twine to finish your garland to the desired length.
- Pass the needle and twine back through the same bead.
- Pull the twine tight so the bead is on top of the tassel.
- Continue threading wooden beads and tassels onto the twine, following the PDF pattern, until you reach your desired length. Our garland was 56″ long in total, with nine tassels, eight large gold beads, sixteen large, forty-eight medium, and twenty-five small.
- End your garland with a tassel and tie a knot. Make a loop for hanging and tie another knot.
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