Tassels are one of my favorite things. But for real guys, I absolutely love them! Back in the day when I was making jewelry, I loved to put tassels on my necklaces and earrings. I think that it's such a fun way to add a decorative detail to anything (that and pom poms). So imagine my delight when tassels became one of this spring/summers biggest trends. It's on jewelry, bags, shoes, home decor items, EVERYTHING! I thought they'd make a great little DIY. They're super easy to make, so you can make them in any color you want and update your existing accessories.
Here's what you'll need:
- embroidery floss: you can use silk, cotton, or synthetic, any will work, but silk will probably lay the nicest.
- small card. I used an embroidery floss card, it's about an inch and a half in height. A credit card or business card would work well too.
- gold or silver wire, 22-24 gage
- wire cutters
- mini needle nose pliers
Step One: Wrap your embroidery floss around your card. I wrapped mine 20 times and got a pretty perfect amount of thread. If you do it too much you're tassel will be way to fluffy, too little and it'll look sparse. Feel free to experiment to get the fullness that you desire.
Step Two: Take a small length of my gold wire and thread it between the card and your embroidery floss loops twice and then twisted it at the top.
Step Three: Pull your loops off your card, flip them inside out to hide your wire, then cut the loops at the very bottom straight across.
Step Four: Bunch all your floss together and then wrap the gold wire around several times. Twist the ends of the wire when you're finished wrapping.
Step Five: Take the twisted ends of the wire with your needle nose pliers and bend it so it goes inside the tassel.
Step Six: Trim the ends of your tassel so they're mostly even to finish it off.
Add a jump ring and attach it to a necklace or pair of earrings, or sew it onto a purse or pair of shoes. Have fun and play around. I'd love to see what your create. Share your creations and tag #handmakerofthings or @emmyray.
I'll show you what I used these tassels for in tomorrow's post!
happy hand making ~ Emily