DIY Tassel Wall Hanging

The decision on what to do with the immense blank wall along our staircase has been irresolute . . . for nearly 2 years. Should I weave a massive wall hanging? If only I had the time. How about a gallery wall? I think we’ve reached our home gallery wall limit at 2. How amazing would a living wall be? With my infamous black thumb, it wouldn’t last a month. Get my conundrum? Thankfully, inspiration is all around me and it was just a matter of time before it slapped me in the face. And by it, I mean a stunning, handmade tassel wall hanging adorning Decorist‘s San Francisco headquarters that I recently spotted and immediately demanded how it was made. To my surprise, it was as simple as making a ton of tassels out of yarn and hanging them from a dowel using twine. Honestly?! Done and done.

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You’ll need:

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Don’t overthink it when you’re buying your yarn. Go for different thicknesses and textures. It will add dimension and textural interest to your hanging. And if you want to just use one color, try different shades of the same color. Start by measuring your space and determining how long you want your tassels to hang from the dowel. I wanted mine around 6 feet long at the longest length so I first cut multiple strands of twine measuring 7 feet long – so that I had some extra twine for wrapping and knotting around the tassels and the dowel. To make your tassels, wrap your skein of yarn around a piece of cardboard or any flat hard surface. I wanted my tassels really long so I used the lid of a plastic shoebox that measures around 20 inches. Wrap the yarn about 20-30 times around.

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Cut across the top of the wrapped yarn and keep the yarn folded in half. Take the long piece of twine and bring 3 inches under the fold.

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Tie into a double knot. Take the roll of twine and start wrapping around the top of the tassel, an inch or 2 inches from the top.

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Tie into a double knot and start wrapping, creating a neck of sorts.

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Tie into a double knot and trim. Trim the twine at the top of tassel as well, leaving the long piece in tact.

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Continue making tassels until you think you have enough. You’ll start to pick up shortcuts when cutting your yarn. I, for example, started wrapping the entire skein around the hard surface, cutting it and the dividing it into sections.

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Get a wooden dowel from your local hardware store – they will usually cut it to length for you. Stain it with a wood stain if you want it a certain color. I drilled it directly into the wall but you can screw in a couple of hooks and hang it from those. Get up on a ladder (you might need some assistance here) and start tying your tassels to the dowel.

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I didn’t double knot at the top until I finished hanging all my tassels. This way, I could untie them and adjust their placement. Once you’re happy with the way it looks, go back and double knot each piece of twine. Trim the tails.

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The best part is you can easily change out the colors over time. Perfect for someone as indecisive as me!

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(images by HonestlyWTF & Ashley Batz; thank you to Decorist for the tutorial!)

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  1. Prudence wrote:

    These tassel wall hangings are super lovely, very pretty colors too!

    Prudence
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    10.28.15
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  2. Michelle wrote:

    This is just so cool, I’m totally in love with it! Tassels are kind of my favourite embellishments.
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    10.28.15
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  3. Courtney wrote:

    What an adorable idea! Love the lilac mixed in. x

    Courtney
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    10.28.15
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  4. Wow this is so simple and beautiful! It seems like it gives off a really relaxing vibe, too…planning a new office space and I think this will be in it!

    10.28.15
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  5. Very original deco for stairs, place that always is forgotten because we don’t stay there lot of time.

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    10.29.15
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  6. These look lovely, but I don’t think it’d look nearly as gorgeous in my 15 y/o girl bedroom, amongst the posters and revision notes plastering my walls!

    10.29.15
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  7. Julie wrote:

    Wow! I am pretty much a non DIYer, but this looks so simple even I think I can manage! We have a very large blank wall behind our living room couch – perfect?! I think it would also look great in a nursery.

    j.
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    10.29.15
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  8. Michelle wrote:

    I love it! I’ve been looking for something over our bed that isn’t glass or heavy (we live in a potential earthquake area). These tassels look just perfect! Love the colors you chose for your space.

    10.29.15
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  9. Such a great DIY, Thank you!! Textile love! XO

    10.29.15
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  10. Mun wrote:

    Ah gorgeousness!

    11.3.15
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  11. Vanessa wrote:

    This is an absolutely awesome idea. I have been looking for something for my staircase wall. Mine is not as big as this one, but this would gorgeous there. I’m going to do mine in shades of blue (my favorite color).

    12.27.15
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  12. Maddy wrote:

    I actually think yours is ten times more chic than the one done by the Decorist!

    1.19.16
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  13. Irena wrote:

    This is a great idea! I am going to make one for my staicase wall ! Thank you for sharing

    2.26.16
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  20. Lily Thompson wrote:

    Hello! I love this DIY tutorial! I was wondering exactly what yarn (the colors included) of Lion Brand you used?
    Thanks so much! I love it!!

    8.3.16
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  21. MaryAnn wrote:

    How many skeins of yarn did you use for this project? I love it and want to make one for my daughters new apartment. The dowel length would be about 4 feet. Thanks for the easy tutorial and idea!

    8.11.16
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  22. Poppy wrote:

    I love this!! Definitely going to snap your idea. Can I ask what colour the yarns are you used so beautiful? Thank you x

    8.24.16
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  23. maria oha wrote:

    How to make lovely boho wall hanging. You wil have some ideas for decorating your beautiful house.

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    9.26.16
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  24. Blaike wrote:

    Love this DIY, using to hang over my plain white curtains in my bedroom.

    1.25.17
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  25. Robin wrote:

    I know that this was posted several years ago, but I thought you might have archives. I would like to know how many sheens of yarn was used on this beautiful wall hanging? And if I am real lucky you could tell me the colors and brand names that were used on this project.

    Thank you, Robin

    3.24.17
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  26. Tia wrote:

    Hey! I know this is several years old but I just completed this project and I love the results! For those asking, I did a half size version of this, about 20 long tassels, and I used about 6 skeins of yarn (6 colours, didn’t use it all up)

    7.20.17
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  29. allonspace wrote:

    Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I’ve read
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  30. Donar wrote:

    These are pretty cool.

    One thing though. Being my first time on this site, and seeing what it is called (honestlywtf), then seeing the image of the dowel with the humanoid-like tassels hanging off… it made me think of gallows, okay? I’m sorry. It made me think “what the f***”. Maybe it’s my dark mind, but it sort of resembles that.

    I think they are cool regardless of that.

    12.8.18
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