Tutorial: Making tassels!!

I have discovered that I love tassels, and making them is pretty easy. Let me show you how!

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You will need:

  • cardboard cut to the length you want your tassel plus 1 cm
  • 26 gauge wire cut to about 20 cm
  • scissors
  • tapered flat nose pliers
  • round nose pliers
  • wire cutters
  • tassel materials such as floss, yarn, ribbon, threadSparkle & Doom Designs

Sparkle & Doom DesignsThis is a perfect opportunity to use small bits of floss that you may not otherwise use.  It only has to be twice as long as your cardboard!  Also you can use threads from uncompleted projects like that friendship bracelet that was in the thread I bought at a thrift store.

Step One:

With your non-dominate hand hold the 20 cm piece of wire close to the top of your cardboard and being wrapping the floss around the cardboard.  Place the end of the floss 1 cm or so beyond the bottom of the cardboard and hold in place with your thumb, making sure to wrap over the wire.

Making a Tassel: Step One

Making a Tassel: Step One

Soon you won’t have to hold the wire and can just focus on holding down those ends!

Sparkle & Doom DesignsI even used floss that was one strand that would have otherwise gone to waste!

Step Two:

Wrap and wrap until it looks to be enough.  It’s not an exact science.  Remember that what you see on one side is just half the tassel.

Sparkle & Doom DesignsStep Three:

Pull the wire up to the top of the tassel, centering the tassel on the wire.  Twist the wire just a couple times to secure it.

Making a Tassel Step 3

Making a Tassel Step 3

Step Four:

Slide your scissor under the floss at the other end and cut the floss so that you can remove the cardboard.

Making a Tassel Step 4

Making a Tassel Step 4

Don’t worry about the raggedy ends as we’ll take care of that later!

Sparkle & Doom Designs Sparkle & Doom DesignsStep Five:

Now we will secure the wire at the top.  Hold the wire tightly with your fingers or the tapered nose pliers and turn the tassel to twist the wire.  Doing it this way will tighten the wire that is around the floss.  You will want about 5 to 10 mm of coiled wire.

Sparkle & Doom DesignsStep Six:

Bend the wire down one side of the tassel.  Taking one strand of wire, wrap it one and a half time around the floss.  Wrap the other strand  and wrap it a half time on the opposite side.

Sparkle & Doom DesignsBelow is a photo of the other side of the tassel with wires on opposite sides.

Sparkle & Doom DesignsStep Seven:

Twist the wires together a couple of times, then as before hold the wires securely and twist the tassel to tighten the wires.

Sparkle & Doom Designs Sparkle & Doom DesignsStep Eight:

Bend the twisted wire up the side of the tassel.  Insert one wire through the top of the tassel as close to the middle as possible.  Pull the wire through to tighten the twisted side.  At this point you could add a bead to the top of your tassel by threading both wires through it.  I did not for this example tassel.

Sparkle & Doom Designs Sparkle & Doom DesignsStep Nine:

Making the wrapped loop!  Twist the wires together for 5 mm or so.  Then using your round nose pliers wrap the wires around in opposite directions.  Then wrap the ends of the wire around the wires below the loop to secure.

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Step Ten:

Trim the tassel!  This could be tricky as some floss or materials may be kinky!  My vintage floss is pretty kinky. 😉

Sparkle & Doom Designs Sparkle & Doom DesignsA hint to get those ends even?  Wet the tassel a bit (but not the top!!) to get the threads to lay straighter.

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Finished Tassel!

Finished Tassel!

🙂 There you go!! Have fun!

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