DIY // How to Make Tassels & Upgrade Your Boho Bamboo Shades

DIY Tassels on bamboo shades, upgrade your window shades, boho

The Beachy Blues Guest Room is one of my favorite rooms in our house. It’s so relaxing that I use it frequently for meditating and may or may not sneak under the covers for some shut eye on nights I can’t seem to sleep anywhere else in the house like when the puppies are snoring too loudly.

Recently while meditating, or trying to meditate, I found myself noticing the bamboo shades and thought they needed something to jazz them up a bit. Normally I’d use curtains in addition to the shades, but there’s such a small walkway between the bed and the wall that curtains would make it difficult to walk there without pulling the rod down. And I actually really like the bamboo in this space; it adds to the beachiness and I love the way the light filters in through at various times of the day {which you can see in the various photos}. So I imagined cute tassels hanging from the ends and went to my local craft store to pick up some blue yarn.

cute tassels on bamboo shades

I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited about the results… which you may note from all the photos I took 😉

Here’s What You’ll Need…

DIY Tassels for Bamboo curtain shade

* Yarn… I used blue gradient yarn for a monochromatic multi-color look
* Scissors
* A card, etc., that is the size you wish your tassels to be. The smaller the card, the smaller your tassels, etc.

* Bamboo shades

* There are tons of tassel tutorials on youtube if you need further instruction.

Also note: for a sleeker look, use embroidery thread, or simply buy pre-made tassels or tassel trim and cut off each to use separately.


DIY Yarn Tassels tutorial

1. Cut two pieces of yarn about 12 inches long and set them aside. I chose to use only dark blue for the top string so that it would be consistent across the bottom of my shades.

2. Wrap your yarn around your object of choice about 35 times and cut off the excess… more wraps will produce thicker tassels.

3. Holding your string in place on the card, push one of your cut strings underneath the wrapped strings on the card so that it’s equally long on both sides. I had to use a pen cap to nudge it under, but if you use a piece of cardboard as your base instead of plastic like I did, it will be more flexible and easier to push your string under.

4. Pull the string to the top and tie it in a knot… just a single knot, around your string group.

5. Snip the bottom strings opposite, with scissors or a blade… and now your strings are off of your card.

6. Make sure each side is even and tie your top string in a tight final knot to secure it all in place.

7. Holding the top string, pull all your yarn down, holding it in place, and take your second string, about 1/2″ down from the top and begin wrapping it tightly around until both of your ends are about the length of your tassel, then tie them in a tight knot, hiding the strings/knot within the tassel.

8. Trim the tassel so that the ends line up. Give it a little hair cut.

DIY little yarn tassels in blue

NOTE: Since my yarn is multi-blues, it’s easier to be a little messier, leaving the knot semi-visible if it won’t entirely tuck beneath the others. If you want it to be a bit cleaner, I’d suggest using a piece of embroidery thread instead of yarn, on a large needle, and hiding the knot beneath the tassels.

hand-tied tassels on bamboo shades -curtain DIY

Your final step is to hand-tie each tassel onto the bottom of your bamboo shade. I simply threaded the yarn through the easiest opening between the bamboo sticks, and tied a bow but you can also tie all of your tassels to one long string and then attach the long string to the bottom instead of each one individually. I liked the individual look because it really added that custom hand-made/Moroccan vibe I wanted.

shades_curtains with tassels-bamboo shades DIY Tassels

And… Voila!

beachy room-tassels on bamboo shades

1 customize your bamboo shades-beachy moroccan tassels

beachy guest room+diy tassel blinds

I ended up tying a tassel to the end of the lever strings as well… but later, so it’s only visible in some of the shots.

beachy guest room-tassels on shades

tassels on bamboo shades

beachy guest room- bamboo shades with tassels

DIY tassels on shades

Bamboo Shades with Tassels

bamboo window shades with tassels

beachy blue guest room-bamboo shades with DIY tassels

doggies looking at the tassels

Have Fun!

* Find all my DIYs here
* Find all my HOME DIYs here
* Find my DIY Rope Pendant Light Fixture seen in the photos

Maegan Tintari

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

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