Tuesday, May 11, 2010

CocoJ's Decorative Tassel Tutorial

Decided to make a tutorial as I was making tassels today...

Pick an item as your base...these are applesauce cups...you could use...empty toilet paper rolls, yogurt cups, etc...

Poke a hole in it...started mine with a wine bottle opener...then opened it a bit with a chopstick...


Grab a book close to the size you want your tassel with a lip and wrap with yarn or fabric strips...

Slip one piece behind and slide to the top...tie in a knot...and cut at the other end...in the lip of the book...


Now we have a plain tassel...


Slip the string through the applesauce cup...and tie a knot...


Now cut ribbon...or cut a layer at a time...if you are making one tassel you might as well make 2 or 3 or 4...


Use hot glue...to attach ribbon...starting at the bottom of the cup...TIP use fingernail instead of finger to press ribbon into dab of glue...then you will not get burned...


Layer....


Layer...


Layer...until you are happy with the ribbons...


You can even glue a few across the top...


Lookin Good...


Now we need to cover the ugly top of the cup...with eyelash yarn...I wrap it around a bottle and dab glue to hold the last strand on top...


Then slide it over the string...and hot glue it to the top of the cup...


For the topper...letters, ornaments...or just a painted wooden ball would be cute...but I have some wooden words from the Michaels clearance bin for $00.30 each...screw in 2 eye hooks...and attach tassel with ribbon...


Make as large or small as your heart desires...I think I will make a few with fabric scraps instead of yarn...

Please send me a link if you make some tassels...I want to see how yours turn out!!!

2 comments:

Lori E said...

you can also "curl" your ribbons with a curling iron....these look great. I'm loving them with the words.

sara's art house said...

Cute tassels!!!!!!!!!!!