Now that we know which teams are in the Super Bowl, it’s time to start planning the parties! Unfortunately, I can’t host one this year (due to student teaching — which starts today!!), but that doesn’t mean I won’t be cooking up some delicious football appetizers to share with my friends. Both Caitlynn and I have said many times that the appetizers are the best part of football, and I stand by that!
Today’s post isn’t about the food though. This Hump Day How-To is all about an easy, thrifty way to decorate for the Super Bowl. These tassel garlands are inexpensive because they’re made with yarn, and might even end up being free if you already have lots of yarn like me. Pick neutral colors if your team isn’t in the big game, or Seahawks/Patriots colors if they are. Last year I made two different banners just to be inclusive — a blue and orange one for the Broncos and a silver/blue/green one for the Seahawks. String a few together and tape the finished garland to the wall or a table and instantly brighten up your party!
Yarn (any size/color will work!)
Seriously… that’s it
Begin by determining how long you’d like your tassels to be. I made mine about 8 inches long, but you can make them short and stubby or long and thin. Start to fold over the yarn, keeping each fold about the same length (don’t worry if it’s not perfect though).
Keep folding until you’ve reached the desired thickness for your tassel. I usually fold the yarn over 15-20 times, but you may need to do more or less, depending on the thickness of your yarn. When you’ve finished, make sure the both ends of your yarn are on the same side. Cut.
Cut a short piece of yarn, 6-8 inches in length.
On the side opposite the two ends, pull your short piece of yarn through the loops of all the yarn. Tightly tie a double knot at the very top. Don’t trim the extra just yet, I use the tails to tie the tassel to the garland. On the opposite side, cut open the loops of yarn in order to make the flowy bottom part of the tassel.
Cut a piece of yarn that’s about twice the length of your tassel.
About an inch from the top of the tassel, tie the long piece of yarn in a tight double knot. Arrange the ends so they’re hidden in the tassel.
That’s it! Repeat the above steps as many times as you need.
To create your garland, attach the finished tassels to a long piece of yarn or twine. I tie both the tassel to the garland string and the garland string to the tassel, just to make sure the tassels don’t slide around when I’m hanging the finished product. Hang it up and enjoy your new party decoration!
Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this year? Let us know your plans in the comments below!