While shopping the other day I noticed a few necklaces adorned with tassels. It looked unlike any other necklace I own and the bright colors popped out and caught my attention. After examining it for a bit, I determined that I could make these at home with supplies from a local craft store. This DIY took less than 10 minutes and my 3 year old even asked me to make her a bracelet. Now if my toddler approves, then I know I’ve got a craft worthy of showcasing on my blog!
// Embroidery thread
// Jump rings (I used 6mm)
// Chain (you can use an old chain that you already have or buy a spool of chain at the craft store. Just make sure the links are wide enough to thread the jump rings through)
// Gold craft wire
// Lobster clamps
// Cardboard (optional)
// Fine tooth comb (optional)
Step 1: Using one color of embroidery thread, wrap it around your 4 fingers, 30 times. (You can also cut a piece of cardboard about 3 inches long and use that to wrap the thread around). Cut one end of the strands.
Step 2: Slip the thread through the jump ring, then fold the thread over the ring.
Step 3: Wrap the gold craft wire around the top strands, using the pliers to tuck in the ends.
Step 4: Take another jump ring and hook it through both the chain the jump ring of the tassel.
Step 5: Trim the bottom of the tassel to make all the thread even. If you want the threads thinner, then run a fine tooth comb through the strands to separate them. (I personally like this look.) Voila!
The hardest part about making this necklace was deciding which color embroidery threads to buy. I ended up picking out seven colors and made tassels that can be swapped out depending on my mood and outfit. Also, I went a little overboard making them for friends and family; my friend and I joked about opening an Etsy shop soon. Hmmmm…
Photos by Zha Zha Liang