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How-To: Yarn Tassel

Yarn isn’t just for knitting- thank goodness too because that is a skill I have not even attempted to master yet! I love the fact that yarn comes in a vast variety of colors, thicknesses and textures. It’s and area of the craft store that I rarely visit but always have wanted to. I was sent an inspiration for a bohemian shoot that had an array of blue colors and I was asked to dream up something to contribute. A yarn tassel (a lot of them!) was just the thing!

Colors and Materials

Michaels has an abundant selection of colorful yarns and different jute/ropes to choose from so I started there. Wanting an ombre effect but wanted to also keep the color scheme a bit sophisticated. I began with the medium- almost powered blue- and then built my blues around it. Next, I ventured to the knot jewelry department and found a nice, thick jute. Bohemian style is typically about simplicity so keeping the supplies at a minimum would ensure the free spirit vibe.

Yarn, Rope/Jute, glue gun and glue are all from Michaels.

Metal pipe used to hang our tassels from Lowes.

View and print the entire recipe at the bottom of this post.

Yarn tassel materialsYarn tassel1. Cut a piece of cardboard to the desired size of your tassel. The bigger your cardboard (length) the bigger your tassel.blue yarn for tassels2. Start by holding the yarn on your cardboard with your finger and thumb. Continue to wrap the yarn around the cardboard (do not pull too tight)- as well as over the original piece of yarn and you can then let go. Yarn tassel preperation3. Once you have your desired thickness- cut your yarn and set aside. Cut your thinner rope/jute into two pieces. You will want one piece longer (about 12″) and the other piece a little shorter (about 8″). Knot the yarn4. Gather the yarn to the center and take your shorter piece of rope/jute and tied under and pull to a tight knot. Remove the cardboard. Yarn tassel top5. From the top of your knot- take your index finder and thumb and roll down into a ball- take your longer piece of rope/jute and tied a tight knot. Yarn tassel takes shape6. Tie an additional knot into the rope you tied previously. You will have excess. Tuck the small tail of the rope back into it self. You can now cut your yarn by taking your scissors and cut the bottom (where the yarn creates a U).6. Wrap the excess rope/jute around the yard again to make a double rope appear and then hot glue onto itself to hold in place. Trim any excess from the knots for a clean look. Bohemian yarn tassel hanging yarn tassel7. Take your thicker rope/jute and thread it through the top loop. Hot glue the inside of the rope and press the shorter/threaded piece onto itself. Take the same yarn you used for the tassel and adhere it around the thicker rope to conceal the exposed glue (the glue should still be hot and not need additional glue).top of yarn tassel8. Trim excess yarn yarn tassel9. Cut your thicker rope to your desired length- hang over your pipe (branch or dowel) and repeat step 7. yarn tassel finishsteamed yarn tassel10. Once your tassels are complete- take a steamer to create a relaxed and clean look.

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How- To: Yarn Tassels

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Makes: 1-20 Crafting Time: 5 minutes each

Ingredients

  • Yarn (any color/texture of your choice)
  • Rope/Jute (one thinner and one thicker)
  • Cardboard (cut to the size you would want your tassel)
  • Hot Glue Gun/ Glue
  • Pipe/ Dowel/ Branch

Instructions

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1. Cut a piece of cardboard to the desired size of your tassel. The bigger your cardboard (length) the bigger your tassel.

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2. Start by holding the yarn on your cardboard with your finger and thumb. Continue to wrap the yarn around the cardboard (do not pull too tight)- as well as over the original piece of yarn and you can then let go.

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3. Once you have your desired thickness- cut your yarn and set aside. Cut your thinner rope/jute into two pieces. You will want one piece longer (about 12") and the other piece a little shorter (about 8").

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4. Gather the yarn to the center and take your shorter piece of rope/jute and tied under and pull to a tight knot. Remove the cardboard.

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5. From the top of your knot- take your index finder and thumb and roll down into a ball- take your longer piece of rope/jute and tied a tight knot.

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6. Tie an additional knot into the rope you tied previously. You will have excess. Tuck the small tail of the rope back into it self. You can now cut your yarn by taking your scissors and cut the bottom (where the yarn creates a U).6. Wrap the excess rope/jute around the yard again to make a double rope appear and then hot glue onto itself to hold in place. Trim any excess from the knots for a clean look.

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7. Take your thicker rope/jute and thread it through the top loop. Hot glue the inside of the rope and press the shorter/threaded piece onto itself. Take the same yarn you used for the tassel and adhere it around the thicker rope to conceal the exposed glue (the glue should still be hot and not need additional glue).

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8. Trim excess yarn

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9. Cut your thicker rope to your desired length- hang over your pipe (branch or dowel) and repeat step 7.

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10. Once your tassels are complete- take a steamer to create a relaxed and clean look.

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Notes

Hot glue is hot! Please be careful. Do a test run before your cut all of your yarn to see what length and thickness you are wanting.

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