Do you remember making tassels and pom-poms when you were a kid, usually with scratchy yarn in super bright colours? I grew up in a very crafty home where my mum was never short of imagination or supplies. I was never allowed new toys outside of the usual birthday/Christmas window of opportunity, but I could get any supply I needed. What a dream house for a crafty kid!
I have never stopped loving tassels. Versatile little things, aren’t they? This DIY Tassel Ornament is so easy to make and looks soft in a Christmas tree. You can make a few of them and thread them onto a garland or simply hang it on your Christmas tree this year.
Materials & Tools
Knotting the tassel
1 First, you will start by cutting 8 lengths of cotton cords about 25cm long and group them in pairs. Lay a pair in an arch, like in picture 1. Then, loop another pair around the ends of the first pair (picture 2). Take the third pair and bring its ends into the loop of the initial pair, like in picture 3. Then, grab the last pair and loop it upside down, around the ends of the lower pair and into the loop of the upper pair (picture 4).
Finally, pull the ends of each pair slowly to tighten, like in picture 5. It’s easier if you pull a little on each pair evenly until it gets tight. Your finished knot will look like picture 6.
2 Then, bring the ends together to start shaping the tassel. Cut a new length of cotton and make an invisible knot. First, make a loop leaving a bit of cord poking up (picture 2), then wrap your cord around the tassel. When you have wrapped enough, insert the cord in the loop you made at the beginning (picture 4) and pull the cord poking up, like in picture 5. Once you have pulled tight enough, you can cut both cords safely. The knot won’t unravel.
Finishing the ornament
3 Once your tassel has been secured with the invisible knot, you can lay it down and even out the ends with a sharp pair of scissors.
4 Next, you will separate your cords into smaller threads: first, rub the cords between your fingers to loosen the threads, then, brush the loose cotton fibres with a hairbrush to give it a soft look.
5 Once your tassel is brushed, start preparing the ornament hardware. This is done by twisting a length of copper wire with your pliers.
6 To attach the hardware, first, heat up your glue gun. Then, poke the copper wire hardware into the top of your tassel and add a dot of glue.
7 Finally, when the glue has cooled down, you can thread your tassel with embroidery floss. You can also braid your thread beforehand like I did.Holidays & Celebrations