Total Time: 25 Minutes
Total Cost: $10 for 3 Necklaces
Today’s Post will be about how to make a gorgeous tassel necklace! I’ve been seeing these everywhere from $30-125, and I figured I’d give it a shot making my own! It worked out really well I believe, and here are the steps I followed! I’ll be posting a video tutorial below as well, so this will serve as a supplementary tool!
1 Pair Scissors
1 Tape Measure or Ruler
1 4″x6″ piece of cardboard
6″ of 18 Gauge Craft Wire (any color)
2 Strands/Sets(?) of Blue Moon Beads Brand Wood Bead Strands
1 Spool of Coats Brand Machine Embroidery Thread (40 wt, 600yds) – I chose a neon coral color, but any shade of pink, blue, emerald, yellow, red, etc. would look gorgeous! For this price, you can afford to make lots of different color tassels!
1 Skein of Taupe Iris Brand Embroidery Floss (what I strung the beads onto)
Determine how long you want your necklace to be, and cut that length +4 inches from the embroidery Floss. This will be your necklace string! You can also substitute this for any color, of course, or use elastic, ribbon, etc.!
Fold necklace string in half, bead up one side only, leaving roughly 3 inches at the bottom. This space at the bottom will be where you create the tassel, and where you add a few beads, pictured above.
**I found it very difficult to thread the coarse wooden beads onto the multi-thread embroidery floss, so I created a bead threader out of one of the pieces of plastic the beads came strung on, as shown in the video below!**
Step 3: Once one side of the necklace is beaded, it’s time to make the tassel! Take the piece of cardboard and cut a 1/3″ rectangle out of the top and bottom. You can make this cut longer if you’d like a shorter tassel, but be sure to factor in about 1/2″ for the “head” of the tassel. The width of the cardboard doesn’t matter much, but if you’d prefer a longer tassel, be sure to use a longer piece of cardboard. Take the colored embroidery thread and begin looping it around the cardboard. It takes roughly 500 passes to get a nice, thick tassel, so turn on your favorite show, or head on over to my YouTube channel and see my latest videos!
**To make this part easier, I pierce the length of wire through the holes on either side of the spool of thread (covered by a sticker, but in the center), and create a handle, as shown in the video. This makes things SO much simpler, trust me!**
Once you’ve made your tassel as thick as you’d like it to be, ensure that the threads are pushed toward the center of the cardboard, and as straight as possible. Loop the unbeaded section of the necklace under all of the layers of one side of the cardboard and center the tassel on the necklace.
Step 4: Once the tassel is free from the cardboard, smooth all strands down on the tassel and tie off the top 1/2 (closest to the strands of beads), making certain that the knot is tied securely. Wrap the same color embroidery thread around the first knot 8-10 times to create a nice indent on the tassel, and tie this off tightly as well. Trim the bottom of the tassel to make it free flowing, instead of looped.
Step 5: Thread the unbeaded side of the necklace through three of the beads, creating a Y shape, and then bead the rest of the necklace on each sides, leaving roughly 3″ at the top of each strand.
Step 6: Combine the two strands and thread on three more beads at the top, creating another Y shape. Tie off the top (5-6 regular knots should do it), slide the last bead up over the knot, and trim the ends.
Optional: You can add charms, a monongram, dangly beads, or anything else you’d like to either Y portion of the necklace. You could even add more, smaller tassels along the length of the necklace for a fun fringe effect!
That’s all there is to it! To see a demo, watch the video I created below!
All photos are my own. Please do not use without my express, written permission.