Monday, August 10, 2015

Tutorial: Fringe and Tassel Dowels & Beaded Tassel Banner

I made these for my friends baby shower. {Check them out in action here!} But afterward, she took them home and hung them up in her nursery. 

What you'll need: 
Yarn in your colors of choice
Wooden Dowels - 1/4 in' diameter and 12 in' length.
{mine were 12 in. but any size you want will do.}
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
150 wooden beads {Or more if you want a longer banner.}
White string or fishing line

Wooden Dowel with Fringe Directions:
 Step 1: Pull yarn in a zig zag at arms length about 20 times. I did it here on a smaller scale to show you what I mean by zig zag. But I wanted my fringe to be pretty long so I just went with arms length. 
 Step 2: Fold layers of strings in half and drape over your dowel. Then take 1 string that is about the same length as your yarn and tie a knot right under the dowel. 
 You could also do a knot with the entire piece where you make a loop under the dowel and pull all the strings through itself. It just depends on the Look you are going for. I wanted a more subtle look so simply tied it off with 1 string. 

 Step 3: Straighten out the fringe and cut it off at an angle meeting up in the middle. This part is fun. It feels like you are a hair-dresser or something. 
 Step 4: Lastly, cut a piece of yarn or string to use as the strap to hang up your fringe dowel. Simply put some hot glue on each end of the dowel and wrap the string around the dowel making sure to cover up the glue. {You also can just tie on the string. But I like the subtlety of just wrapping it around and not having a tie or a knot poking out.}
 Wooden Dowel with Tassels Directions: 
Step 1: Follow my Tassels Tutorial and make 2-3 tassels in each color for each wooden dowel you plan to make. So if you have 4 colors of yarn, you will need about 10-12 tassels per dowel. Be sure to make the string you tie the center of the tassel with {In Step 2 of the tassel tutorial} really long so that you have flexibility in layering the tassels at different lengths. 
Step 2: Once all your tassels are made and ready to go, lay them out in the order you want them to go. Figure out which ones you want to be long or short etc. Then place a dab of hot glue on the wooden dowel and wrap the yarn the dowel is hanging from around the dowel a couple of times. Be sure to cover the glue up because that is what hold it in place. Place each dowel an equal distance apart on the dowel {I did about an inch} and at various lengths. 
Step 3: Lastly, cut a piece of yarn or string to use as the strap to hang up your fringe dowel. Simply put some hot glue on each end of the dowel and wrap the string around the dowel making sure to cover up the glue. 
Beaded Tassel Banner
Step 1: Make 4-5 Tassels in each color. 
Step 2: Using your string or fishing line, string on beads in sets of  8 {or any equal number of your choice}, tying on a tassel in between each set of beads and alternating tassel colors.
Now find a fun place to hang up your new decorations! 

 
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