By Home Decor Contributor Alyssa
Do you have a hallway or doorway that needs a little color? I did, so I decided to spruce it up with this really easy fringed curtain.
Recently, my boyfriend and I (well…me, really) invested in an adorable metal coffee cart to go outside of our kitchen. Our kitchen, as you can see from this post, is probably the tiniest kitchen that is allowed to exist in apartments. It’s so small. We probably have about four square feet of usable counter space, an itty-bitty fridge, and not much more storage in our cabinets. We also have all kitchen appliances in existence, because my boyfriend’s mom got him every kitchen related object under the sun after he moved out for college. We didn’t have plates or silverware or Tupperware when we moved in together, but damn if we didn’t have a very important panini press and a toaster oven! We also have a microwave big enough to heat up food for giants on one comedically large plate. But.
Where was I going with this?
Our microwave and coffee maker took up probably half of the precious counter space we had access to, so I decided that if Lee and I were to renew our lease at this amazing apartment with a wonderful view of the beach, I needed to find a way to use all of my counter space and make my kitchen feel bigger. The coffee cart was purchased and our microwave was temporarily moved next to the kitchen table until we could find a better solution.
What previously lived in the new home to the coffee cart was my boyfriend’s large and colorful bookcase, which brightened up the space and made it feel more cozy. Since we moved it, though, that area had been feeling a little lack-luster and in need of some love. I decided to spruce up the doorway with a fringed yarn “curtain.” The craft was incredibly easy and took me all of twenty minutes to complete.
What you will need:
- Two different colors of yarn (my kitten was playing with my brown yarn while I was taking the picture and I didn’t have the heart to take it away!)
- A wooden dowel
- Two thumbtacks or nails – something to set the dowel on while you work
To start, place your dowel on your nails or thumbtacks, like-a so:
Whatever height feels comfortable will be fine. You don’t need it to live in this spot/at this height forever. Next, you will cut your yarn. I used five pieces of equal length per tassel, but you can do more or less, depending on how thick you want your curtain to be. Make sure to cut each piece twice as long as you will want it to hang off your dowel, because you will be folding them in half, also causing your tassel to double in thickness in the end.
Take your pieces of yarn and fold them in half so that each side is the same length. Bring the folded part up and over the back of the dowel like this:
Reach through the loop that is hanging over the front and grab the two strands hanging down on the other side.
Pull them through to the front.
And that’s essentially it for building your curtain! Repeat this process as many times as you want, making sure each piece gets slightly longer and longer. I did four tassels of each length on opposite sides until I had the first section of one color as wide as I wanted it:
Now, take your scissors and trim each side so that it is as symmetrical as you can get it. Obviously, it won’t be perfect, but get as close as you can. Use whatever shape you want. I went with something a little more triangular, as my doorway is pretty narrow and my boyfriend is sort of tall.
Continue this process with your next color. I decided to add a little more of my first color, as it wasn’t quite as wide as I wanted. Make sure you get longer and longer with each tassel.
When you feel your curtain is as wide and as long as you want it to be, you will once again trim each side to look a little more uniform. Give your kitty a scrap to play with, since he’s probably been bugging you the whole time.
Voila! You are done. Hang it up and feel good about yourself for making something so pretty in such a short amount of time. It’s like you cheated at life, isn’t it?
I’d say the hardest part of this craft was getting the wooden dowel to stay on the thumbtacks and not fall on my face every ten seconds. I’m sure if anyone from the street could see me, they were laughing at me. The dowel abuse was constant. It was like I would never learn.
Anyway, enjoy! And I would love to any recreations of this craft – feel free to share yours in the comments!