diy multicolored tassels
Cheers to the weekend! Okay, I know it is almost over, but I am savoring the last few hours before I have to head back to the day job. This weekend was filled with family time and relaxation - which was perfect (well, minus all the football.)
I kind of love this project. It was easy and it turned out so cute! Y’all know I love a tassel, and this one amps it up even more! I am going to make another one to add to the end of my bookmark that I made in another post. I also want to turn these into earrings - so stay tuned! This project was initially done by Damask Love (one of my all-time favorite crafters!) so be sure to check her out and show her some love.
Alright, let’s get started.
Step One: Remove the wrapping from your first skein of embroidery floss. This should be the color that you want the bottom portion of the tassel to be.
Step Two: Cut equal lengths of the other 5 skeins. These should be about 2-3’ in length. Mine were about 3’ but I had a decent amount to cut off at the end.
Step Three: Now, starting about 1/3 of the way up the main skein, take your first color (one of the 3 ft. lengths) and tie a single knot around the skein. No need to double knot, and no need to cut off the short tail.
Step Four: Wrap that color around the skin as many times as you’d like to achieve the desired look. I wrapped mine about 15-20 times. Leave all “tails”. Once you’ve wrapped the first color as much as you’d like, I then tied the long remaining tail to the small tail that was created in step two. I double knotted this.
Step Five: Now take your next color and do the same thing as in steps 3 & 4. Again, do not cut any tails.
Step Six: Once you’ve wrapped four colors, you will then want to repeat going the opposite order as you did to start. So, in my example, I did the aqua, the pink, the orange, and then the lime green - and THEN I repeated the other colors going in the opposite order. So, once the lime green was done, i then grabbed the remaining long tail that was still hanging from the orange, and used that to wrap around the pink skein, then double knotted it once it was wrapped (you can knot it with basically any tail that is sticking out and available.
Step Seven: Use the remaining long tails to continue on with your wrapping with the next colors.
Step Eight: Once you have done all of the colors wrapped around the skein in a straight line, trim off any of the tails that remain. Then bend your skein into a U-shape to create the curved top.
Step Nine: Take your last color (mine is black), and tie it around both sides at once. Knot this and wrap, wrap, wrap as much as you’d like. Once done, I suggest not knotting it, but rather using your fabric glue to secure the ends so that you have a nice finished look. I knotted mine and I have since learned from my mistake.
Step Ten: Now all of your wrapping is done, you will want to cute the bottom of your tassel to give it the fringe you want! Pro tip: dip in water first to get a nice clean line.
Step Eleven: Take your pliers, and pry open a jump ring. I used a gold one because I thought it added a pretty touch - and I love gold.
Step Twelve: Stick it through the top of your tassel. I don’t have any tips or tricks here, just kind of shove it through :)
Step Thirteen: Now put it onto the zipper of a cute pouch, or on anything you’d like! I think used my pliers and my fingers to close the jump ring again. I didn’t use a super heavy duty jump ring so this was fairly easy for me.
You now have a super cute tassel to flaunt! Whoop whoop!