monkey’s fist knotted garland

Monkey Fist Knot Garland asubtlerevelry.com

Monkey’s fist knots have been a favorite around our house. When I spotted these pretty necklaces, I immediately knew they would be amazing decor for my next party.

We simplified the design and made it an easy project for us all to recreate. The colorfully painted monkey’s fists bring a creative and bright burst of fun onto the party scene. How cute would they be for a “tie the knot” shower, or a rope themed birthday party.

Monkey Fist Knot Garland asubtlerevelry.com

Monkey Fist Knot Garland asubtlerevelry.com

Monkey Fist Knot Garland asubtlerevelry.com

Monkey Fist Knot Garland asubtlerevelry.com

Monkey Fist Knot Garland asubtlerevelry.com
The bright knots make for festive garland that can be hung in a bunch of different ways. They look just as pretty above a cake as they do a week later livening up a blank wall on our bookshelf. And the look of one bright monkey’s fist as a singular gift wrap tag – instantly pretty wrapping!

Multi-purpose projects like this that can be used again and again are my favorite kind. If I’m going to put in the DIY work, I love it when the project really lasts beyond the cake. Read on for the full instructions.

Monkey Fist Knot Garland asubtlerevelry.com

To make the knots start by wrapping the rope around four fingers three times, and loop it around and behind a fourth time. Then bring it around and through the center. Wrap it around three times. Pull the rope behind and pull through the middle to get it going in the perpendicular direction.

Once the basic knot is formed, pull the loose ends tight. Then make sure the entire ball is tight. Take the long length and knot it behind to create a loop for hanging.

After the ball is tight use paint to bring it to life in color. Coordinate the monkey’s fists with your party decor, home decor, or make a bright stash to top presents as needed.

Monkey Fist Knot Garland asubtlerevelry.com

Project and photography by Tina Fussell for A Subtle Revelry.

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Posted January 13, 2014
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5 Responses to “monkey’s fist knotted garland”

  1. lena says:

    Monkey’s fist–what a great name, and a charming knot!

  2. What a fun idea – love this!

  3. These are so cute! Love those colors together

  4. Tyler Anne says:

    This had been added to my DIY list!!

  5. Lucy says:

    These are wonderful a really simple tutuorial. I wonder if anyone else gasped though when they clicked on the link? Really, taxidermied heads painted with ‘pretty paints’ and ‘sequins’ (artist’s statement)? Sorry, that and the painted badger pelts just shocked me.