How to Make a Tassel for Christmas Decorating

Renee Valdes
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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour

 

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Learn how to make a tassel for Christmas decorating. This large tassel can be used as a decorative accent wherever you’re hanging garland or a Christmas wreath, or simply hang your tassel on your front door. You could even make several tassels and anchor the ends to your fireplace mantel.

Making this tassel doesn’t require too much time. In just under an hour, you can turn two rolls of jute twine and some plastic wrap into a beautiful Christmas tassel. Decorate your tassel and give it some color using Christmas ribbon and, if you’d like, a Christmas ornament.

This is a fun and trendy DIY project that will help you pull together your Christmas decorating to give it a finished look.

 

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Tools and materials for making a christmas tassel:

Steps for Making a Tassel for Christmas Decorating

 

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1. Cut the twine

From a ball of twine, cut four 18-inch pieces of jute. Set these aside for later steps.
 

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2. Wrap twine around cardboard

Wrap the remaining jute twine around a cardboard box piece that’s 3 feet in length. Tape down the beginning of the twine at the end of the cardboard piece. To help the process go quicker, put the ball of twine in a bowl beneath your workspace as you wrap the twine around the cardboard.

When one ball of twine runs out, repeat the process with the second ball of twine.  

 

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3. Make the tassel

When done, cut the twine off at both ends with scissors. Don’t forget to remove the pieces of tape holding down the twine and the cardboard piece.

Now, fold your jute twine in half. While holding up both ends, insert an 18-inch piece of jute twine underneath the middle two to three times and tie it tightly.

Under all the string at the top that you just tied, slip another piece of 18-inch twine underneath for hanging.

On the bottom, even out the twine for your tassel with scissors.
  

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4. Make plastic ball

Take the plastic stretch wrap and make a ball with it. Do not cut your formed ball away from the plastic. From there, continue wrapping the plastic around the ball.

Build the ball until you create one that reaches about 4 inches in diameter. 
 

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5. Wrap plastic ball in burlap

Cut two 1-foot square pieces of craft burlap and wrap them around the plastic ball.

Use an 18-inch-long piece of jute twine to tightly secure the burlap and trim the burlap as needed.

 

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6. Make a nest for plastic ball

At the top of the jute twine tassel, make an opening like a nest. Insert the plastic stretch wrap ball wrapped in burlap inside the opening.

Now work the strands of tassel twine over the entire ball, covering it completely. Tie a new 18-inch-long piece of twine a few times around the base of the ball to secure tightly. Don’t worry about how it looks because you’ll cover it with pretty ribbon in the next step.
  

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7. Wrap tassel with Christmas ribbon

Take your Christmas ribbon and cut a piece that’s 7 inches long. Wrap the cut ribbon piece around the base of the ball on the tassel. Using your glue gun, dab a piece of glue to secure the ribbon in place. Use a small clamp to hold it in place until it’s secure.

When it dries, cut off the remaining excess ribbon. 
 

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8. Hang the Christmas tassel

Decorate your space with your Christmas tassel. Hang your tassel on Christmas garland, wreaths or simply in your window. This decorative tassel also looks beautiful hanging on the fireplace mantel. You could even pair it with the Christmas tree mini dress below.

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