Recently I came into a vintage aqua beaded necklace. The string was a bit stretched out, but the beads were painted an awesome shade of aqua blue, so I planned on cutting it and up-cycling the beads. I’m not sure if the necklace was my Moms or my Grandmothers, but if the color is any indication of where it’s from…it’s probably from the 60’s.
So take some 60’s beads, add a little hippie to it, and you have a cute little tassel bracelet!! Neither my Mom nor my Grandmother were hippies, but I’m sure they’d like this bracelet. :)
- Wooden beads (colored or unfinished)
- Embroidery thread
- Business card
- Stretch Magic (.5mm doubled-up or 1mm single)
- Needle nose pliers
This DIY should take about 15-20 minutes depending on how fast you are with stringing beads. :)
Pick out your beads and embroidery thread colors. I inherited my aqua beads, so I picked some complimentary colors to go with them.
Take a standard business card and wrap the embroidery floss around the short end 20 times.
Cut a separate piece of embroidery thread and slip it underneath the wrapped thread. Bring the thread to the top of the loop and tie a tight square knot.
Cut the thread at the bottom (opposite end from the knot) and remove it from the business card. Now FLIP the tied tassel so the knot is on the UNDERSIDE of the tassel. This way the knot is hidden. Fold over the thread over the tapestry needle. Keep the needle in place for the next two steps.
Now to finish off the tassel. Cut off a separate length of thread approximately 15-18 inches, and with the needle on your right, start to wrap the thread around the tassel. Use the below diagram for a visual guide.
A – Hold one end of the thread at the bottom end of the tassel.
B – With the other end of the thread, wrap it tightly around the top edge of the tassel…
C – And around the bottom.
D-G – Repeat this process again several times until it wraps about 1/4″ of the tassel.
H-I – Take your loose ends and tie a double square knot. Trim off that extra thread so it matches the rest of your tassel ends.
Cut a long piece of the Stretch Magic thread and thread it through the eye of the needle. I used a double strand of .5mm cause that is what I had on hand. You could probably just use one strand of 1mm if you have that. Once you’ve threaded the needle, pull the needle + stretch magic through the tassel.
String the beads on each side of the tassel equally. Depending on your bead size, this will vary. Test it out a few times as you’re stringing to see how long you like it around your wrist.
Once you have the length you like, tie the two ends of the stretch magic in a double knot and trim the ends.
You can wear them by themselves or in a group of different colors! Have fun with them!