Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas DIY {12 Days of Christmas}

Today is Day #3 of #12DaysOfBlogging with Amber and Erin.  Today's prompt is to talk about Christmas DIY Gifts.  I am all about DIY and Christmas and gifts.  Three of my favorite things all bundled up into one pretty little package. :)

I thought today I would share an idea of what you could make for someone you care about.  I completed this DIY this week and have it on display in my own home.  I originally meant to start it sooner so that I could make multiples and gift some out but I don't think my schedule will permit that this year.

Anyways!  Let's get to it.

Yarn Tassel Garland

I got the inspiration for this from Kaitlyn and I followed her instructions for the most part so if at any time my pictures or instructions do not help go check hers out here.

Pick out the yarn that you like best.  I chose a darker green, a vibrant red and a nice cream/white to fit my holiday theme.  ::essentially you could do one for anything - I'm thinking about making one for every holiday/season::

Decide on a book-like item that you will use to wrap the yarn with.  I chose my iPad because I didn't want my tassels to be too long.

Wrap your yarn around the item you chose.  I chose to do 30 wraps - and yes, sometimes I lost count and went a little extra just for good measure.  However full or thin you want your tassels is fine, just be somewhat consistent so that they all look about the same size.

I am the worst blogging photographer ever.  Please don't judge

Cut a small piece of yarn from the same color that you are wrapping with and tie it on one end of your yarn loops.  Once you put this on with one tie carefully cut the opposite end of the yarn creating the actual tassel look.  Complete the tie at the top and cut the extra tails off.  ::I would wrap your top tie at least 3-4 times so that it doesn't come apart later::

Flip your tassel inside out hiding the small knot that you just created.  Take another piece of yarn - whichever size you'd like - and tie it around the top making a little bobble ::such technical words, I know::

Complete as many tassels as you'd like in as many colors.  I chose to do 7 of each color giving me 21 tassels to hang.

Take one color yarn and cut a long enough strand for you to hang all of your tassels on.  I chose the green yarn for mine and cut it after measuring out 4 arm-spans.  I estimate that this is about 10 feet.  Whatever size works for you is fine just as long as it is large enough to hold all of your tassels.

I folded my strand in half - making it about 5 feet - and threaded a needle onto it.  I tied a large knot on the opposite end of the needle.  I then strung my tassels - through the bobble on the top - on in the pattern of Green, Red, White, Green, Red, White.  Once all tassels were threaded I cut the yarn at the base of the needle and knotted that end.

Decide where you want your garland to be hung and do so.  With the extra yarn - and you should most likely have a lot extra depending on your space - loop it back to the original nail and slip-knot it.  ::By doing this you are not limiting yourself to moving it to a larger or smaller space down the road::

Enjoy your wonderful DIY garland for many years to come.

This project was super simple and not very expensive.  I bought the yarn from JoAnn's and used a coupon so it came to a total of $9.  I only used about 1/3 of the yarn so I still have plenty left over for the next project I decide on.  Although it seems very time consuming, if you make the tassels while you watch some Christmas movies it goes by very fast :)

This is a simple DIY that anybody would be happy to receive as a gift this holiday season.


  1. How cute. I love working with yarn. I started crocheting about 3 months ago so I stocked up on a bunch of colors. I think this would be a great addition to the Little Ladies room in our house with a girly blue and purple. I lucked out when I bought my yarn from Michael's it was on sales plus there was a 30% off your entire purchase. I spent less than a dollar on each. Thank you so much for sharing this great idea, now I can put that yarn to good use.

    Keep it Sassy & Classy,

    1. Heck yes! I told the hubs I was going to make one for every holiday/season and just rotate them out. LOL. I love new crafty ideas that don't take too much time.

  2. Very cute! I love how full your garland looks, too! (over from the link up)

    1. Thank you. I am very happy with how it turned out. And the hubs in the genius for not cutting the extra yarn off in case we decide to put it in a larger area later. He is such a smarty pants. :)

  3. Very cute! It looks beautiful!!! Coming over from the linkup.

  4. So simple yet so cute! I think I need to try this out.

    1. Yes Marie! It would be a good thing while Kayden is napping. Do a little each day and by the end of the week you will have a garland strand done :)

  5. okay, i'm kind of in love with this idea! i always want to make garlands for our arched entryways, but never can actually do them! this seems simple enough for challenged me...

    1. Yes! It was soooo simple. I love crafts and DIY but I usually get frustrated and give up ::bad habit:: but this was soo the opposite. It was simple and easy to do while watching a Christmas movie or something on the DVR!