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How to make a cute tassel

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I’ve been making new bird mobiles for the last couple of weeks. When I first started making these about 6 years ago, they were fairly basic birds, without a lot of embellishment. Over time, they’ve become more elaborate. This time I’m aiming for really beautiful, ornamental birds, with lots of flowers and leaves, kind of like a hanging garden.

In amongst the birds, I love to add decorative extras, like hanging flowers, beads and tassels. I’ll have some tutorials about how to make the flower garlands coming up, but for today I thought I’d start with a tassel.

These are super easy to make, and make a cute little decorative element around the house. I love making them for the antique keys or handles I have on my cupboards. In bulk, they also make great garlands.

For small tassels, embroidery thread works well. These examples are about 4cm long. For larger tassels, you could use yarn.

Take a small rectangle of cardboard, lay a piece of thread (about 30cm) across the top, and then start wrapping the thread around the cardboard

Take a small rectangle of cardboard, lay a piece of thread (about 30cm) across the top, and then start wrapping the thread around the cardboard. The length of the cardboard, will dictate the length of the tassel.

 

Keep wrapping the thread around, until you get the desired thickness. The thicker it is, the fatter the tassel will be.

Keep wrapping the thread around, until you get the desired thickness. The thicker it is, the fatter the tassel will be.

 

When you've finished wrapping the thread, pull the string you laid at the top as tight as you can, and tie a firm knot.

When you’ve finished wrapping the thread, pull the string you laid at the top as tight as you can, and tie a firm knot. Trim the other end, and remove the cardboard

 

Neatly trimmed!

Neatly trimmed!

To complete the tassel, take another piece of thread, and wrap it around several times, then tie in a firm knot. Thread the ends through to the centre of the tassel to hide them, and the trim to match the rest of the tassel.

To complete the tassel, take another piece of thread, and wrap it around several times, then tie in a firm knot. Thread the ends through to the centre of the tassel to hide them, and the trim to match the rest of the tassel.

 

All finished! You can choose to decorate the tassel, by threading beads onto the tassel string of you wish.

All finished! You can choose to decorate the tassel, by threading beads onto the tassel string of you wish.

I added glass beads and little silk flowers to this one

I added glass beads and little silk flowers to this one

 

 

About grandpacat

I am an artist, illustrator, sewer, mother and sometime baker. This blog is a record of my creative endeavours, including my art making, children's craft activities, and a few allergy friendly recipes thrown in for good measure.

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