DIY Step by step tutorial on how to make a beautiful wood garland with an inner changeable heart and a tassel
This project was one of my favorites this year, these wood garlands are so versatile and easy to make.
You can layer several at a time for a more dramatic look or you can add a beautiful spool tassel like I have in this picture. ( that post is for another day) however I do sell the kits to make these tassels.
I have made several of these, some with all wood, and some I added wool felt beads, I like the look of the wool felt, but it is harder to string and takes more time.
Supplies you will need
1. Yarn, I chose to mix two colors, but that is up to you
2. Embroidery thread
3. 1 heart, I bought this wood heart on Amazon, but you could easily cut one out of cardboard, just be sure to punch a hole at the top. Here is the link for the hearts.
4. Wood beads, I used 9 -25 mm beads, 8 -20 mm beads and 16 -16 mm beads. I bought these on Amazon, here is the link.
6. A needle with a large eye, I used a darning needle
7. A piece of cardboard that measures 4 x 4 inches
8. An “O” ring to tie at the end of the wood garland to inner change your ornaments
1. Cut a piece of yarn that is approximately 8″ long
2. Place this piece of yard horizontal across the top of the 4 x 4 cardboard
3. Using both colors of yarn wrap the yarn around the cardboard vertically approx 20 -30 times, depending on how full you would like your tassel.
4. You can also use jute to make these tassels and it is much thinner, so I would wrap it a few more times.
5. Once you have finished wrapping, take the two ends of the 8″ piece that is going horizontal and tie it in a knot.
6. Remove the yarn from the cardboard.
7. Cut another piece of yarn about 8″ long and tie it about 1″ down from the top of the tassel.
8. Wrap one end of the 8″ piece around the tassel about 5 times and then tie in a knot on the back several times. You may want to add a touch of glue to this part.
9. Put the scissors through the loops at the bottom of the tassel and cut.
10. Trim the ends of the tassel so they are all the same length.
11. Set the tassel aside
2. Hold the end of the pink yarn against the heart and start to wrap the yarn around the heart in a random pattern.
3. Continue to wrap the yarn in all directions until you have totally covered every bit of the heart. You don’t want to see any of the wood or cardboard.
4. put the end of the yarn through the eye of the needle, then weave the yarn under some of the yarn on the heart to secure it, trim the end and put the heart aside with your tassel.
1. put the embroidery thread onto your needle, be sure to cut the thread long enough to go through the beads twice and have a bit left over, I would cut it at least 5 ft long.
2. Start to thread the beads onto a single layer of the thread, creating a pattern as you go.
3. Once you have all of your beads on the thread, put the thread through a small 1/4″ “O” ring
4. Now go back through the beads in the opposite direction until you reach the end and have the two ends of the embroidery thread together
Now we are going to attach the tassel and the heart to the ends of the garland
1. Take the end of the embroidery thread with the needle and put it through the end of the tassel that is tied.
2. Remove the needle and tie the two ends together in a knot, you can now cut off the yarn you used to hold the tassel together at the top as the embroidery thread is holding the tassel now.
3.To attach the heart, put one end of the yarn through the “O” ring at the opposite end of the garland and tie in a bow.
This is the trick, by adding the “O” ring it allows you to remove the heart and replace it with something else for another season, ex: an Easter egg or a shamrock, actually the options are endless.
I hope you enjoy this project, I love to hear from you, so please let me know if you try it.
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