These easy, versatile yarn tassels can be used for everything from styling events to sprucing up your gift wrapping
We can’t help noticing the trend for yarn tassels like these everywhere – from hanging on walls as part of wedding and party décor, to dangling off beautifully wrapped packages. Experiment with different colour palettes, trims and ways of styling – such as gathering them together in a bundle or stringing out as a garland. When choosing your yarn or twine, remember that thinner variations will mean you have to double up on the quantity for a full tassel. Using thicker yarn requires less. Let’s get wrapping!
• Cotton yarn or twine
• Sequin trim
• Wooden beads, 1.5cm (5/8″) long
• Tapestry needle
• Fabric glue
• Embellishments such as ribbon, small decorative beads, or fabric strips (optional)
How to make DIY tassels
Wrap approximately 4m (4yrds) of cotton yarn (or twine) around four fingers on one hand. This will determine the length of your tassel. Wrap it around about 20 times.
Cut two 25cm (10″) pieces of yarn (or twine). Wrap one piece through the loop of the bundle. Tie and secure with a knot.
Tie the second piece around the top of the bundle, about 2.5cm (1″) from the top section. Tie and secure with a knot. Let the strands hang down as part of the tassel.
Run scissors through the bottom loop and cut. Then trim the bottom to an even length.
Apply a small dab of fabric glue around the top section, then wrap approx 7-10cm (3-4″) of sequin trim around it. Finish off with a small dab of glue to secure the end of the trim. You could also use coloured ribbon or fabric scraps instead – experiment with contrasting colours and patterns.
Thread your tapestry needle through the two remaining strands at the top of the tassel, then thread the wooden bead through.
Add a small dab of glue to the top part of the tassel where your wooden bead will sit. Slide the bead over the glue, push down
and hold in place.
Use a tissue to wipe off any excess glue. Don’t worry if you can’t get it all off – it’ll dry clear.
Take both strands and make a knot at the top of the wooden bead to finish off your tassel. Try adding decorative beads in different colours and shapes to add interest, or change the yarn colours. We’re thinking ombré!
More ways to use yarn tassels
About Debee Ruiz
Californian Debee is a work-from-home mum who runs her own Etsy craft supplies shop, Inspire Lovely. She loves trips to Anthropologie for inspiration, and is always breaking into song and dance with her son R while working in the studio. www.inspirelovely.etsy.com