I thought it was time to share one of my favourite mind-numbing activities- making tassels! Seriously though, tassel-making helps me de-stress since I can just pop on a movie and not think for 90 minutes.
But first, I need to go over the materials and supplies that you need.
- string or yarn in a colour that you like or that matches your bookmark (I'm going to share my favourite yarn to use in just a bit, so keep reading!)
- a piece of cardboard (Note: the width of your piece will become the length of your tassel)
- garbage can (I'm not joking- have one nearby!)
Type of String to Use
My first tassels were made with sewing thread and if you have nothing else, go ahead and use it. But it is really thin, meaning you will need a lot of string for one tassel.
Another option is embroidery thread but that gets expensive real fast. You will also need a lot of thread for one tassel and it's just a waste of money in my opinion.
Regular knitting yarn is a good option as well, but only if you want ginormous tassels due to the thickness (which are great for home decor).
My preferred string?
Crochet yarn. It is just thick enough that I don't need a lot of it to make a decently sized tassel and thin enough that it doesn't weigh my bookmarks down.
They look like this:
How to Make It
Okay, time to actually show you how to make it!
KEEP THE STRING ON THE SPOOL OF YARN- DON'T ESTIMATE HOW MUCH YOU NEED AND THEN CUT IT OFF OF THE SPOOL. LOOK AT THE PICTURE BELOW.
Step 1. Grab the piece of cardboard and hold it in your hand. Take the yarn and start to wrap it around the width of the cardboard.
I'm using a picture frame instead of cardboard but whatever gets the job done, right?
How thick your tassel becomes depends on how much yarn you wrap around the cardboard. I don't count how many times, as long as it's about the same each time.
Step 2.a) Once you have your desired thickness, cut off the excess yarn. Then, start sliding all of the yarn off of the cardboard. Make sure that you pinch the centre of the bundle so that it doesn't unravel.
Step 2.b) Take the yarn from the spool again and slide it through the bundle.
Note: the yarn should still be attached to the spool.
This piece of yarn needs to go through the entire bundle. Once it's through, tie a knot and then cut the yarn off of the spool. Make sure that the yarn is long enough to be able to attach it to something later. This is the top of your tassel.
Step 3. Take the yarn from the spool again and place it about a centimetre (half an inch) from the top. Leave a little bit of the string out for you to tie a knot later. Then, start wrapping it around the bundle, cinching the tassel.
Step 4. Tie it off and cut the yarn from the spool.
Step 5.a) Take your scissors and put it through the bottom of the bundle.
Step 5.b) Now cut through it.
Step 6. Trim the bottom of the tassel- give it a haircut, if you will! Here is where the garbage can comes into play. At this time, you can also trim any excess yarn that's sticking out.
This is what the end result looks like!
Tassels in Action
I've paired this tassel with one of my Watercolour Madness bookmarks.
Feel free to pin it to Pinterest so you can reference this!