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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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

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