Hello there! I’m Laura and my bloggy home is over at Lovely Wren. I’m so excited to be visiting Dream A Little Bigger today, and thrilled that I’ll be contributing once a month from now on! So hi, and thanks for having me!
I’m sharing this DIY tassel garland today, and you won’t believe what I made it out of… old tights and nylons! My mom handed me a bag of old tights a few months ago and I thought, “How cool would these look as tassels?!”
Well it turns out they look pretty cool, if I do say so myself ;) More sophisticated than yarn tassels, but softer than tissue paper. Ever since I made them I’ve been in love, and my hubby actually likes them as well, so they live over the window in our bedroom now.
Read on to find out how to make your own!
- Nylons or tights in assorted colors
- Tights or thicker nylons are easier to work with – very thin nylons or panythose are harder to cut, and the strips end up sticking to each other, so they don’t hang as nicely
- Yarn or string
- Yarn needle
- Cut two tubes approximately 9 inches long from your tights
- Cut one side of each tube, fold open and lay flat
- Stack the two pieces on top of each other and tie one or two knots at the top (personally I like the look of two)
- Cut several 1/4″ to 1/2″ strips into each piece of fabric, being careful not to completely sever the fabric at the top
- Trim off the excess material above the knot, and admire your finished tassel
Now make about 19 more tassels, then string them all onto a piece of yarn to create your garland. You can use a yarn needle to poke through the center of each upper knot and then draw the yarn through. And that’s it. Easy peasy! It took me a couple of hours to make all the tassels for my garland, but I was watching Vampire Diaries at the time, so I wasn’t working very quickly ;)
Here are a few more photos, because I just can’t help myself: