One of my FAQ’s is how I come up with all of my DIY’s, and if it isn’t an idea born out of a need, then most of the time I’m not entirely sure (so boring and unhelpful of me, apologies), but this project reminded me of a huge source of inspiration, one that I enjoy terribly and always wish I had more time for: shopping. Yes to more excuses to shop!
Some kind of idea always comes to me if I walk around window shopping, like maybe I spot a pattern or a color combo I like, and when that recently brought me to a window display full of black tassels, I said black tassels I must make. I loved how the monochrome design looked so chic and modernized a simple idea. The texture of the tassels still bring a summer vibe despite the lack of color, and though this project could easily be done with more colors, I find it so striking and unexpected to do it all in black.
There’s three parts to this project, all very simple- the beads, the tassels, and the assembly. First the beads:
I folded Washi tape into a flag shape on the end of a skewer then slid a wood bead over on top of it to keep it in place. I made seven of these and used a foam brush to paint each bead with black acrylic paint.
To let the beads dry, I stuck them upright into a cup filled with a few wood beads at the bottom to hold the skewers in place.
For the tassels:
Fun fact- I only use this notebook for making yarn tassels.
1. Start by cutting a piece of yarn and holding it at the spine of the notebook.
2. Wrap yarn over this piece and around the notebook 30 times and cut off the excess.
3. Taking that first piece of yarn at the spine of the notebook, double knot it tightly around the wrapped yarn.
4. Cut the yarn down the side that’s opposite of the notebook spine.
5. Lay the tassel on a piece of yarn, then double knot it to create the head of the tassel.
6. Cut off any scraggly excess ends at the bottom of the tassel.
For the assembly:
I cut a wood dowel to about 24 inches in length before painting it black with a foam brush and acrylic paint, then tied each end of a piece of yarn to each end of the dowel. With the dowel hanging, I tied on a piece of yarn at the end of the dowel and double knotted it with the knot facing down. From here on out, I reinforced every double knot with a dab of super glue to prevent the knots from slipping out.
I slid a wood bead on to the yarn then triple knotted the yarn underneath it to keep it in place. Next, I tied on a tassel by slipping the end of the yarn through the top loop of the tassel, then double knotted it before cutting off all excess yarn. I did this seven times, evenly spaced along the dowel.
For the middle three hanging yarn pieces, I added a second tassel in between the bead and the tassel hanging at the bottom. I tied it on using the top strands of the tassel that were tied together in step 3 of the tassel making instructions, cutting off the excess after double knotting. I also tied an extra piece of yarn around the bottom of the head of this tassel and the yarn it’s hanging from to better keep it in place.
I do plan on using more color this summer, just like last summer, but I had to get this one out of my system, and probably many more like it to come, ha. I always always always come back to black (and white) so sometimes I feel like I should switch it up and branch out, but also maybe it’s just what I should stick to. I think about this a lot for all the redecorating decisions I’ve been trying to make, and a black and white space is something I bet I’m always going to love.
Are you down with the black tassels? Would you do this in different colors?