It’s #12MonthsofDIY monthly blogger challenge time again! This month the theme was ribbon, and I got to play with some beautiful ribbon I had been saving. Isn’t it lovely?
There’s something about pretty ribbon on a wood spool that makes me drool. And put a bunch of pretty spools into a matching box and I practically swoon!
I used some of this ribbon for some special gift wrapping, but wanted to make something a little more lasting with the rest. And who doesn’t need a little more ribbon tassel garland in their life?
This was a super easy project. Never made a tassel before? Here are the steps:
1. Put on an episode of Orange Is The New Black or any other TV show you need to catch up on
2. Wrap pretty ribbon around a piece of cardboard (mine was 2 ½ inches wide)
3. Pull the ribbon off the cardboard and tie another piece of ribbon near one end to form the top of the tassel. Cut the ribbon on the other end.
4. Voilà – done!
To create the garland, I just grabbed some kitchen twine and dropped it into a cup of red food dye and water to give it some colour, and then ran it through the dryer until it was dry. This is because I had my cozy pjs on and didn’t want to put on proper human clothes to run out to the dollar store and get some fancy string. Sometimes my pj wardrobe issue can make me get creative like that.
Assembly was pretty easy – I just tied the tassels to the string about 6 inches apart. Done and done!
It’s been a lot of fun working on these challenges, and getting inspired by my talented blogger friends. I’ve also taken on the personal challenge of only making things that I need or can use. It’s tempting sometimes to just want to make something pretty and take some fun photos for the blog. But I’m taking more of a “Marie Kondo” approach these days, and trying to simplify. If you don’t know who she is, just google The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and you’ll see what I mean. While I haven’t got to the “magic of tidying up” part yet, I’m being pretty disciplined about not adding more stuff I don’t need to my life. And that includes fun crafts! So I’ve been more purposeful in my projects. This one is no exception – the garland is headed to my daughters university dorm room where it will be entwined with some fairy lights and add a touch of mom fun decor to her room.
Don’t forget, you can join in with a ribbon project of your own. We want to see your #OctoberRibbon DIY projects for this #12MonthsofDIY challenge! Our favourite DIY will be featured on all 12 of our Instagram accounts at the end of the month.
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY ribbon project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!
From the top left, they are: