Photos by:

Anna Naphtali

By now we sure hope you’ve seen this afternoon’s incredibly stylish shoot, courtesy of the talented Anna Naphtali, Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate, and Vintage Charlotte. In case you missed it, make sure you check out the images here! We’ve got Kathryn Godwin with us to share how she created the yarn tassel backdrop for the shoot, so let’s get down to business:

DIY suspended tassel backdrop - photo by Anna Naphtali http://ruffledblog.com/diy-suspended-tassel-backdrop

For this project, you will need:
-Yarn (we used various shades of blues and teal)
-Manilla Rope
-Scissors
-Gold Spray Paint
-Gold Leaf
-Spray Adhesive

DIY suspended tassel backdrop - photo by Anna Naphtali http://ruffledblog.com/diy-suspended-tassel-backdrop

Instructions:
1. Spray paint manilla rope gold. Once paint has set, use spray adhesive to highlight certain sections of rope and attach gold leaf flecks for a rich feel.

2. Create a loop with the end of the top, tie a double knot to fix in place with yarn. We cut the ropes to varying lengths from 3″ to 5″.

DIY suspended tassel backdrop - photo by Anna Naphtali http://ruffledblog.com/diy-suspended-tassel-backdrop

3. Wrap yarn around the end to secure and cover the rope, tie knot and trim ends.

DIY suspended tassel backdrop - photo by Anna Naphtali http://ruffledblog.com/diy-suspended-tassel-backdrop

4. Using a 8×10″ board, wrap board with yarn around 80-100 times. Cut across yarn to remove from board.

DIY suspended tassel backdrop - photo by Anna Naphtali http://ruffledblog.com/diy-suspended-tassel-backdrop

5. Tie a loop of yarn around the middle point of yarn bundle, cinch tight. Leave extra string on the end of the cinched knot, to use later.

DIY suspended tassel backdrop - photo by Anna Naphtali http://ruffledblog.com/diy-suspended-tassel-backdrop

6. Fold yarn in half at the cinched top knot, comb the string smooth. Wrap a contrasting color yarn about a 1.5″ below the top knot. Pulling the string tight will create more volume with the tassel skirt.

DIY suspended tassel backdrop - photo by Anna Naphtali http://ruffledblog.com/diy-suspended-tassel-backdrop

7. Using the cinched knot string at top of tassel, tie to the end of rope, aligning the top of tassel to the very end of the rope.

DIY suspended tassel backdrop - photo by Anna Naphtali http://ruffledblog.com/diy-suspended-tassel-backdrop

8. With another stretch of yarn, wrap around the bottom 1-2″ of rope to cover the knot where the tassel is attached.

DIY suspended tassel backdrop - photo by Anna Naphtali http://ruffledblog.com/diy-suspended-tassel-backdrop

9. Suspend the tassel strands from a bar with the loop of rope. Spacing the tassels every 3 inches allows for a heaving cluster to gather for a dramatic presence as a backdrop.

DIY suspended tassel backdrop - photo by Anna Naphtali http://ruffledblog.com/diy-suspended-tassel-backdrop

View step-by-step images from this tutorial in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Anna Naphtali

Design and Decor

Studio Cultivate by Kathryn Godwin

Coordination, Design and Table Top Rentals

Vintage Charlotte

Florist

New Creations Flower Company

Venue

Sugar Creek Brewing

Wedding Dress

BHLDN

Jewelry

Custom

Hair and Makeup

Blushing Hair and Makeup

Men's Accessories

Beautiful Idiot Clothing

Wedding Cake

Edible Art Charlotte

Rentals

Old South Vintage Rentals

Rugs

Charlotte Rug Gallery

Textiles

Mila Amor

Stationery and Hand Lettering

Pink Toast Ink

6 comments
  • farragio

    Very clever DIY and could be used in a number of ways.

  • becky mercado

    Love this backdrop. Am thinking about duplicating something similar for my daughter’s wedding. I was wondering if you know the thickness of the rope. I want it to look rich like yours and don’t want to use too narrow a rope. Maybe you can pass along where you bought it. Great Job !!!

  • Rebecca

    Love this! Totally going to do this for my wedding. What was the stand that you used to hold these lovely tassels from?

    Thanks!

  • Kathryn Godwin

    Becky, the rope was purchased either from Home Depot or Lowes- it’s 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch thick. Good luck, and be sure to share photos! Rebecca, I made the stand out of conduit pipe that was painted with nickel finish metal spray paint, and used cheap sand filled umbrella stands that we bundled with canvas.

  • Cat

    I attempted this but more as a wall hanging since I wasn’t sure about fashioning a stand but how did you get the rope to straighten out? Mine are still all wavy!

  • Dani H

    How much yarn is needed? And is the rope cut in varying lengths from three feet to five feet, not inches? I want to make this as a wall hanging in my dining room ~ it’s gorgeous!