I love making presents. Even if I’m giving a gift that I’ve purchased, I almost always give something handmade, as well. It’s just that little extra “I love you” that makes giving so special. If you need an idea for something you can make, this tassel necklace is inspired by one I saw from Anthropologie a few years ago and is super easy.
To make it, gather your supplies: embroidery thread or fine yarn in the color(s) you like, some cardboard pieces about the size you want your tassels to be (I used a few different sizes for mine), chain, jump rings, scissors, and small pliers.
Cut two little slits at the top of your cardboard near the top and thread a length of your yarn or thread around it (see the photo). After that, wrap and wrap and wrap that thread around your cardboard the other direction, keeping it fairly together. The number of layers you do will determine how fluffy and full your tassel will be. When you’ve got the amount of layers you want, snip the end and take that first bit of string out of the slits and tie a knot at the top of your tassel (see photo). Don’t cut that string, leave it long.
At the end opposite your knot, snip the threads at the very bottom. Carefully slip the tassel from the cardboard, taking care to leave everything folded over and in place. Now, take another piece of thread/yarn and tie it around the top of your tassel, about a half inch or so down from that knot you made before you slipped the tassel off the cardboard.
Using your pliers, space out your jump rings however you like, one for each tassel you plan to make.
Now just use that top piece of thread I told you to leave long and tie those tassels to the jump rings. After you’re sure everything is knotted super tight, clip the hanging strings. That’s it! Super cute, right?