Brass Tassel Bracelet
At Craftcation I took a tassel-making class the first day of the conference. Since then I’ve been all about tassels and have been wanting to make something ever since. When I came across this awesome brass bracelet from Purl Soho I knew exactly what I was going to make with it. :) It’s super easy and will take you all about 5 minutes from start to finish!
- DMC pearl cotton thread
- Natural brass bracelet by Fog Linen
- 3/8″ natural brass jump ring
- 12-15mm natural brass cylindrical end cap
Untwirl the thread and cut off two pieces of thread. You’ll need one 6″ and one 12″ piece of thread. Keeping the thread bunched together like it came, fold it in half and cut a section 3″ long (it ends up being 6″ total.) If you are using a larger end cap, like the one I used, then cut another section the same size as the first. You basically want the folded end of the bunched up thread to fit inside your end cap snuggly, but not too tight.
Taking the 6″ piece of thread you cut off in Step 1, tie up the thread in the middle using a double knot.
Now take the 12″ piece of thread you cut off and loop one end through the jump ring. Thread each ends through the top of the end cap, and pull the threads so they are even. Note that I am using a 15mm end cap. You can use a smaller one, just make sure you gauge how much thread will or will not fit within the cap.
Take the tied up bunch and center it underneath your end cap. Tie another double knot tightly and watch how the folded end of your bunch sits right up into the end cap.
Now give your tassel a haircut and cut the ends off to make a nice even edge. Unhook your bracelet and loop the tassel onto one end.
I went simple and just made one tassel for the bracelet…but you could do multiples if you wanted to really spice things up. Buy one bracelet and make multiple colors of tassels to match all your outfits!
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!