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DIY Holiday Tassel Garland with The Forest Fern

I have a handful of Holiday decorations that I look forward to bringing out each year. (We’re big on Scandinavian traditions at this house.) That said, I do also try to add new pieces into the mix each year to keep things fresh and festive. Last year, the cedar archway garland was the main event, and this year, I’ve teamed up with incredibly talented fiber artist, Sara Banner of The Forest Fern, to share a fun and easy project for Holiday decorating.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

Sara is a devoted macrame + tapestry genius and a wealth of knowledge in all things fiber-related. I’ve been a fan of Sara’s beautiful work for over a year now and was lucky to meet and work with her while she was in Minneapolis last Summer. Together we created a modern tassel garland tutorial for draping across windows, the fireplace mantel and even the Christmas tree. Let’s get tasseling, shall we? Read on for the how-to on this smart, easy project!

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

Materials:

  • Single Strand Cotton String – we used 6mm Black Cotton from Niroma Studio
  • Scissors
  • Hair brush, pet brush or wide toothed comb
  • 3-4 various colors of yarn
  • Thin cotton string (such as baker’s twine)
  • Tapestry needle

1. Construct Tassels. Cut 6 pieces of cotton string roughly 20″ long. Divide the 6 strands into two groups of three. Tie one laynard knot via the video explanation. The video clip details the knot using just two pieces of yarn for demonstration purposes. You’ll use all 6 strands of cotton when tying the knot.

2. Gather the strings in your fist just below the laynard knot and start your first Wrapping Knot. Use a different color yarn of your choosing to form a “U” shape at the base of the knot leaving one tail end out at the top of the “U”. Place your thumb midway up the “U” shape to hold the yarn in place while you wrap the other end around the tassel in a clockwise motion, keeping your rows spaced next to one another.

3. Continue tightly wrapping the yarn around the base of the knot forming a band of color. Tie off the yarn by threading the end through the loop created in Step 2. Then while holding the yarn end with one hand, pull the upper yarn end that was formed in Step 2 with your other hand. As you pull the upper yarn, the loop will eventually disappear underneath the wrapped yarn band. Trim yarn ends close to the tassel.

4. Repeat Steps 2 & 3 to wrap additional color bands around the tassel.

5. Gather the tassel string ends in your fist and trim to a uniform length.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

6. Use a brush to separate string into individual yarns. Keep on brushing until the strings separate and are straight (yes, this can take some time!). Then give the yarns an additional trim for uniformity.

7. Repeat Steps 1-7 for additional tassels.

8. Measure the length of your window or fireplace mantle and double this measurement. Cut baker’s twine to this length, and thread the tapestry needle.

9. Thread tassels onto the baker’s twine through the center of the tassel head. Space them out evenly on the string, and hang up your garland!

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DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree. DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

DIY an easy tassel garland with Sara of The Forest Fern for Holiday decorating. Great for hanging across windows, the fireplace mantle and the tree.

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How to Tie the Perfect Ribbon Gift Bow (Video!)

 

I'm sharing the secret to making poufy ribbon gift bows for gifts, and it's easier than you think!

In case you guys are wrapping up gifts this week, I wanted to share this fancy, but deceptively easy bow trick I picked up as a 16-year-old while working at a candy shop making gift baskets around the Holidays. (My second job ever!) I still remember the day I learned this. It was such an a-ha! moment, and I thought to myself ‘OHHHH so that’s how they do it! Weird thoughts for a teenager? Probably.  What can I say though except: different strokes. Continue Reading →

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8 Ways to Prepare Your Guest Room for Holiday Hosting

Do you guys have people coming to stay for the Holidays? My sister was in town the first week of December celebrating for the Holidays, so we had our guest space in good working order a bit earlier than usual. With the Holidays approaching at lightning speed (seems like anyways!) I thought I’d share some of the things we kept in mind while preparing the room for her arrival, just in case you have people coming to stay too!

If you're expecting company, you'll want to check out our tips to prepare your guest room. Click for the full run-down! Continue Reading →

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4 DIY Favorites of Christmas Past

Making things for my home is probably one of my favorite things to do and especially so around the Holidays, as the projects are often created along with or for loved ones. And there just seems to be an added element of tradition, nostalgia, and memory-making that goes along with each handcrafted piece. Here are four of my DIY favorites from over the years:

Four of my all time favorite DIYs of Christmas past. Click for the round-up! Continue Reading →

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DIY Candles for that Impossible to Buy for Person

We all have peeps on our Christmas list that are HARD to buy for. Whether it’s because you only know them professionally, & not personally like teachers and secret santa co-workers, or perhaps your giftee tells you that just being together on Christmas is enough, but you know you can’t actually show up empty handed. When I’m stumped on what to get for someone, I often turn to candles. They’re beautiful, useful, you can make them right in your kitchen.

Melt up a bunch of these essential oil DIY candles for Holiday gifting this year! Click for all the deets!    Continue Reading →

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DIY Marble Tasting Plates for Holiday Entertaining

This post has been sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company and Kellogg Company. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

It’s no secret among my family and friends just how much I love a good cheese plate: both creating them, and of course, indulging in them. Their biggest appeal, in my book, is that they’re incredibly easy to make, (as easy as buying things and arranging them on a plate), and the finished result is impressive and delicious!

Ken and I are hosting with my side of the family this year, so I’m teaming up with The J.M. Smuckers Company & Kellogg Company to switch things up in the cheese plate department. As an alternative to the big free-for-all tasting plate that we’re all familiar with, I’ve created smaller individualized plates for guests to mix and match according to personal flavor preferences and add a fun twist to Holiday dinner or even girls’ night! Read on for the step-by-step on how I made the marble tasting plates as well as exactly what ingredients I incorporated to create a tasting experience that’s as pretty as it is crave-worthy.

Make these marble tasting plates as an alternative to the standard free-for-all cheese plate! Click for the full tutorial! Continue Reading →

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3 Tips for Throwing a Festive Friendsgiving Gathering

Do you guys partake in Friendsgiving? If you’re new to the concept, Friendsgiving is a Thanksgiving meal cooked and shared between friends, often in addition to family celebrations. My sister, who lives cross-country and can’t fly home every year, has participated in them for years, and we’re celebrating Friendsgiving with friends here in town this weekend, so it’s definitely been on the brain lately. If you’re thinking about hosting one this year you’ve come to the right place! I’m teaming up with Butterfinger to share how and where to focus your time and energy to make it a thoughtful and festive gathering!

Throw down a festive and thoughtful Friendsgiving with our 3 key tips! Click for the full spread! Continue Reading →


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