Wednesday, January 22, 2014
DIY: TASSEL NECKLACE
This DIY is inspired by a necklace I spotted from Dogeared this past fall, but unfortunately I wasn't able to share it until now. Lucky for us, the tassel trend is still going strong and you'll be surprised how easy it is to get a similar look for less. I love wearing mine with a drapey sweater or a black and white striped tee for a pop of color, but I can also imagine pairing it with a loose tank and cut-offs for Summer. So whether you decide to DIY or buy, here are a few other tasseled accessories to help get you inspired:
1. I am in love with the colors of this tasseled bracelet. (leifshop.com)
2. Dip-dyed tassels? Yes, please! (anthropologie.com)
3. Try adding tassels the full length of the necklace like this. (shopbop.com)
4. I like the look of this double tassel necklace. (asos.com)
5. How about a mini tassel necklace? (asos.com)
• Embroidery floss in various colors
• 6mm jump rings; one for each tassel
• Necklace chain (I used an old necklace and removed the pendant)
• Upholstery needle
• Needle nose pliers
1. Ok, so I know it might seem a little strange, but I found using a fork for making tassels to be the easiest. Begin by wrapping embroidery floss around the end of a fork approximately 30 times. You can choose to wrap it more or less depending on how 'full' you want your tassel to look.
2 & 3. Once you've wrapped it to the thickness you desire, cut off the excess thread. Use an upholstery needle to thread embroidery floss between the prongs of the fork and secure it with a double knot. This will create the top of the tassel.
4. Carefully cut the embroidery thread, opposite of the knotted end of your tassel, releasing it from the fork.
5. Pinch the knotted end, or top of your tassel, and carefully wrap a piece of thread around the tassel approximately 3 times and secure it with a knot. Trim off any excess thread.
6. Finish by giving your tassel a little "hair cut" to even things out a bit. When you're finished, it should look like the picture below. Note: Something I didn't do, but I would suggest doing is securing your knots with a tiny dot of super glue. This will make sure things stay in place and none of your tassels go missing.
7. Repeat steps 1-6 to create 6 more tassels in varying colors. When you've finished, decide on the placement of the tassels along the necklace chain. Note: Instead of buying chain and creating a necklace myself, I used an old necklace I had on hand and just removed the pendant.
8. Once you have decided on placement, begin with the center tassel and attach it to the necklace chain using a jump ring. From there, evenly space the remaining tassels, working outwards from the center.
Photography, design and styling by Jessica of SAS + ROSE.