While I was considering different options for an art piece above our bed, I originally wanted to do a big glittery heart marquee. But then, I was flipping through one of my Jonathan Adler books, and I saw this amazing tassel art!
Next thing I knew, I was at the craft store buying tons of pretty yarn to make SO. MANY. TASSELS.
-wooden dowel rod a few inches larger than your desired width
-medium weight and super chunky yarn (How much you need is VERY much dependent on the size and how much you want to cover in tassels. I had to go back to the store for more! I think I used two of the chunky yarn and about six of the medium weight yarn)
-latch hook mat
-sturdy neutral string to hang it (My yarn wasn’t strong enough to hold the weight.)
It’s up to you if you want them to be extremely uniform or more random/natural. I actually used two different types of yarn for mine (but pretty similar), and they came out a little bit more random due to that.
The tassels are time consuming, but I found them to be a good project to do while I was watching TV (Laura helped me do some too while she was watching TV one night!). It’s pretty mindless and kind of fun!
Originally I intended to fill the entire piece with tassels. But halfway through I realized I really wanted to use this chunky yarn I had bought and that I could possibly just poke it through the latch hook mat to create something reminiscent of a weaving. Basically a no-weaving-skills weaving. Fun!
Step Three: Use you fingers or a latch hook tool to poke pieces of the chunky yarn through the holes. Since my yarn was very thick, I skipped about every other hole. I just kind of poked it through in sections until it looked full, and if a spot looked sparse, I went back and added more.
Step Five: Pose as absolutely awkwardly as you POSSIBLY can. (I think I nailed this step!) WOOHOO! I MADE A DIY!
ps. My supplies were around $100 with no sales, but since every craft store has these magical 40% off coupons and frequent yarn sales, I think you could easily cut that down to $60 or less… it also depends on the size!
Credits// Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Elsie Larson and Jeremy Larson. Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with