You might remember that it took me 2 years to get curtains up in the girls bedroom. They had been living with vinyl blinds, but I finally bit the bullet and purchased these grey blackout curtains. They were affordable, silky and for such a light color the blackout was pretty solid.
I liked them, but I didn’t love them. Something was missing. Within a few weeks, they were boring me to the point of no return and I was getting dangerously close to tossing them and starting over, but after 2 years of searching that felt like a very silly thing to do. Besides, I had already tossed the blinds. So, I decided that I’d give them a bit of flair. That, after all, was what was missing; just a bit of flair.
I had wrestled with the idea of pom pom curtains during my initial hunt, like these and these, but after some careful consideration (and a side eye from Jeremiah) I decided to just go with the plain grey blackout ones instead. In hindsight, I wish I’d done the pom pom curtains to begin with.
But then I saw this pillow (from Pencil Shavings Studio) and had an epiphany! I knew I wanted chunkier tassels in a neutral tone and it’s not that tassels are anything original, but they would most certainly breathe life into those stale curtains and I could do it myself for virtually no cost. Boom!
I followed this tutorial from Martha Stewart to make my tassels using some grey yarn I already had on hand. For reference, I did 7 loops, which makes 14 stands per tassel. I had to do some trimming, but for the most part, they were in good shape from the start. It’s a bit tedious, but an easy craft to do while watching TV. Now, I want to tassel all the things!
I then spent one afternoon (during the girls nap time) to hand-sew each tassel onto the curtains. My fingers ached a bit after that one, but it was soooooo worth it for these super cute tassel trim curtains!
For reference my tassels are spaced spaced 9″ apart.
And here’s a look at the evolution of the window treatment in the girls’ shared bedroom.
And where we started…
Now please excuse me while I go accessorize my home with tassels.