If you haven’t noticed lately, tassels are literally EVERYWHERE! From bags to dresses to jewelry, this trend is adorning everything in sight. During the spring and summer season, especially at the beach, I like to change up my jewelry just a bit. I tend to switch out my standard gold pieces to colorful and fun options.
Most designers and major retailers have some form of tassels or beach jewelry, but it’s fun to make your own! And believe it or not, it’s not hard either. This is a great DIY for gifting, to make for yourself, or a fun activity with your daughter! Once you make them, you have them for years to come. Scarlett loves them!
- Embroidery Thread, colors of choice
- Various wood beads
- Elastic cord
- Necklace cord
- Oven baked clay (FIMO/Sculpey)
- Brass or copper tube
- X-acto Blade
- Large needle
- Wrap embroidery thread around a sturdy piece of cardboard (a credit card works too!) that is the length you want your tassel to be and cut one end to remove from cardboard. Be careful when removing to keep the threads neatly together.
- Cut two 10-inch pieces of same or a complementary color of thread
- Use one 10-inch thread to wrap around the bundle at center, secure and tie ends tightly.
- Double the bundle over leaving a loop at the top and wrap with remaining 10-inch thread around both sides approximately 1⁄4 inch from the top. Tie securely and you have completed your first tassel!
- Strand your beads onto the elastic cord and attach as many or as few tassels as you like. I made my bracelets long enough to wrap 3 times and used 2-3 tassels per bracelet.
- Once you get the hang of it, you can experiment with differing colors or combining colors for the tassel part, options limitless with your creativity!
- Making oven baked clay beads can be as easy or as experimental as you like. For round or tube beads simple roll in your hands on a clean surface. I use a brass tube to drill out the center. To make more interesting, you can marble the clay or add small balls of a complementary color to make polka dots.
- To make a more unique necklace, I marbled clay together and rolled out flat. Marbling is super easy, you just take two or three colors of clay, roll out “logs” and twist to combine.
- From the flat marbled clay, I cut out a shape I thought would make an interesting pendant with the intent of combining with a tassel. I recommend making paper patterns to play around with before committing to the clay. I also made beads to go with the pendant.
- Now that you have your beads made, you simple bake at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Combine with tassels as you like on cords and you can have one-of-a-kind necklaces sure to be the envy of your friends for relatively little cost too!
Not down to DIY? Here are some great store-bought options:
Auriele Bidermann Tassel Bracelet // Marte Frisnes Gold Bangle Tassel Bracelet // Club Monaco Tassel Bracelet // Madewell Beaded Tassel Set // Big Island Tassel Bracelet // Bauble Bar Set // Gorjana Mini Set
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