I don’t know why I can’t resist the tassel. Maybe because it’s a happy, easy, home decor accent. Or maybe I have some boho hippy tendencies from growing up in the 70s. Regardless, I can’t help wanting to add tassels throughout my home for a textural, home-spun touch. Whatever your reasons for your own tassel love, the options for tassel designs are endless! To help inspire your own creations, here’s one approach and quick tutorial to teach you how to make a tassel wall hanging.
First, let’s get a refresher on how to make a tassel. Again, these are with embroidery floss, which at my local craft store are about 79 cents each, which makes two tassels:
For my tassel material, I’m using embroidery floss for it’s incredible variety of color. (Plus as a bonus, it already comes pre-wound!)
I’m using metal hoop to hang the tassels. You can use virtually anything — a dowel, copper pipe, heck, even a branch from your yard.
I also wanted to play around with a round wooden accent, and I’m not sure if I want the barewood or if I want it colored, so I picked up some paint chips to cut and glue to the disk.
How to Make a Tassel – Instructions:
Click on the tassel making picture for a close up look.
Choose your colors! This is definitely the fun part for me.
Slide the labels off and carefully separate the wound skein.
Find one end and unravel it from the skein about 3 or 4 times. (This piece will create the strand from which you hang the tassel, so if you want a longer strand, adjust that here. )
Cut in half both the long strand and the skein
Separate the halves. Pull out one more strand from the bunch.
Make a knot in the longer strand with a simple overhand knot. The loop will be at the top of your tassel. I made mine about one inch long.
Find the center of the grouped strands and tie an overhand knot around it with your looped strand.
Tighten it securely.
Pull the sides of the group down. Now it looks more like a tassel!
Fold your final strand in half, put it underneath the tassel .
Bring around the ends and put them through the loop.
Tighten and tie off with a double overhand knot.
Trim your ends.
It helps to trim the end a specific length each time to make all your tassels the same.
Repeat. You’ll get it down after one or two and quickly rock the rest of your tassels!
How to Make a tassel wall hanging – instructions:
Now comes the fun part of creating your design. I simply looped my tassels through their ends to attach them to the metal ring. For an accent I drilled holes in a wooden disk and threaded the tassel through there. Congratulations! Step back and admire your creation! The only thing that’s left is finding that spot on your wall for showing it off.