Outdoor Tassel Garland Tutorial & Maintaining Our Pool

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Outdoor Tassel Garland Pool Party

The kids are back in school, but we’re still spending the weekends entertaining poolside.  We are enjoying the beautiful weather and hanging on to the last few days of summer.

Entertaining poolside requires pool maintenance, and HTH Pool Care has an easy maintenance program. (Check out the HTH Blog for more information!)

hth Pool Supplies

Besides being a trusted pool care brand since 1928, HTH® Pool Care is easy to find.  It’s sold at most Walmart, Home Depot, Meijer, Ace Hardware, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Costco locations.

As new pool owners, we need pool maintenance to be as easy as possible. Their friendly color-coded system, easy to understand packaging and simple 4-Step Pool Care Program is just up our alley!

Super Concentrated Clarifier

Step 1: Testing & Balance

Extended Skimmer Sticks

Step 2: Sanitize

Ultra Complete

Step 3: Shock

Super Algae Guard

Step 4: Prevent Algae

Our summer started off unusually cool and rainy which meant we didn’t use the pool much.  Our pool was looking pretty cloudy:

Pool BEFORE

However, we constantly monitored the pool chemicals and stayed on top of them, and we now have a beautiful and clear blue water!

Pool AFTER

And if you want to get a little crazy, HTH® Pool Care has this “party potion” which will make your pool extra blue and extra special!

party potion

Outdoor party garland

With our summer poolside parties,  I’m always looking for fun ways to decorate the pool area.
outdoor_tassel garland  

I’m obsessed with all the tassel garland I’ve seen people using in decor, and I wanted to hang one outside across the pool.  However, I needed the tassels to be weather-proof and plastic would be the best material for them.

Last summer I used reusable plastic table cloths to create a bunting (to see more about that project, you can click HERE), but I decided the disposable plastic table cloths would work best for the tassels. I found really inexpensive tablecloths at the dollar store.

Plastic Tablecloth

First, I took my tablecloth out of the package and rolled it out horizontally.

Tassel Tutorial

Once I had it completely unrolled, I folded it in half lengthwise.  This allows you to cut more tassels at once.

Tassel tutorial*

The way these tablecloths are folded could vary, but mine had a side that was all folds, and another side with some folds and ends.  I made the side with all the folds the top, and I cut apart everything at the bottom.

tutorial for tassel garland*

I then left around a 2 inch border on top, and I cut 1 inch slits all the way down. 

tassels from tablecloths

Next I went through and cut them into smaller groupings – I had about 10 “slits” in each grouping.

Tutoria for making tassels

Now it’s time to make the tassel loop.  You unfold and lay out the tassel (remember we kept the fold at the top).  You just fold and fold and fold until you’re left with a pretty thin folded strip.

Outdoor Tassel tutorial

Hang in there – you’re almost done!  You fold the folded strip in half to create the loop.

Tassel Loop

Staple the loop towards the bottom (near the tassels), and you have a tassel!  

Staple Tassel

Just repeat the steps for your tassels, and I hung my tassels on a nylon rope.

Outdoor Tassels

black & white tassels

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