We have a huge space of blank wall above the family room TV, and it's always bugged me that it looks bare. Sooo...I bought a bunch of felt sheets and made giant tassels! Our room is much more festive now and I love it.
The photo instructions above should be pretty self-explanatory, but here are the details:
- 9" x 12" felt sheets (available at your local crafts store for around $0.30 each) / From tassel-to-tassel, my garland measures about 5 feet long and includes 22 tassels.
- Scissors (super sharp sewing scissors work best)
- Yarn, twine, or string / This garland is pretty heavy, so be sure to tie it to something strong and secure.
- With your felt sheet in a "landscape" orientation (long sides on the top and bottom), fold your felt sheet in half so that the fold is vertical. Make 12 vertical cuts about 0.5" apart from the bottom to 1" to 2" from the top. After cutting, your sheet should look like fringe. Don't worry about making perfect cuts - imperfections won't be very noticeable.
- Roll the sheet tightly, holding onto space you left along the top edge.
- Wrap a piece of yarn (12" to 15" long) a few times around the top, then tie in a double knot. Leave the ends long so you can use them to tie the tassel to the banner string.
- Repeat steps 1-3 until you have the desired number of tassels.
- Tie each tassel to the banner string with a double or triple knot.
What I love about this garland:
- It's super easy to make. The pre-cut felt sheets save so much time!
- Felt is much more durable than tissue paper, so not only is cutting easier, but this will last longer and be easy to re-use.
- It's ok if it gets a little wet. I don't recommend leaving this in the rain, but if it gets splashed here and there it's not a problem.
- The tassels can be removed and repositioned, allowing you to switch up designs.
Happy New Year!